Courses & Programs

Clean Energy and Sustainable Agriculture

COURSE CODE: SUS 220

CREDITS: 6

PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is required. Field trips will involve physical activity and appropriate dress.

Clean energy is becoming a priority as our global community faces the challenge of climate change. At the same time agriculture is changing to meet the needs of a more environmentally aware consuming public. In this intercollegiate and collaborative course students will learn how to apply clean energy technologies to sustainable agriculture practices. This class brings together students at Holyoke Community College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to learn a variety of emerging technologies. Topics will include solar, wind, and geothermal technologies, ecological farming, greenhouse management, rainwater collections, root zone heating and considerations of social justice. This course is intended for second year students.Prerequisite: Permission of instructor is required. Field trips will involve physical activity and appropriate dress.