Lansing Community College's Alternative Energy Initiative
New Energy Works for You
Alternative energy sources are abundant - and renewable. Energy can be harnessed from the sun, the wind, from soybeans and other food crops, and even from the natural heat below the earth's surface. Using such energy sources is good for the environment - and for the economy. Advances in technology are making alternative energy more practical and economical for mass use.
Alternative Energy and LCC
Lansing Community College is one of the first colleges in the nation to incorporate alternative energy into its curricula and to offer an Associate's Degree in Alternative Energy Technology. Working in collaboration with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), LCC instructors were tapped to create alternative energy curricula for colleges and universities across the country. LCC's automotive technology students work on hybrid vehicles and have built an internal combustion engine powered by a fuel cell. LCC's Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, and Building Construction students learn energy management and alternative methods for heating and cooling buildings and residences. Alternative energy students also study wind, solar, geothermal, and bio-mass/gas energy production systems to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in developing a renewable energy economy.
What Is Alternative Energy?
Hydrogen and other Alternative Fuels, Geothermal, Wind, Solar, Biomass - New Energy comes in many forms. It is the product of the latest research and traditional energy sources. New Energy is about sustainability and independence, and smarter more efficient technologies.
Renewable- A renewable energy source is defined as any energy source that is replenishable and replenished on some reasonable time scale. Renewable energy sources include, but are not limited to wind, solar, heat from the earth's interior, oceans, rivers, and biomass. Renewable material sources include, but are not limited to wood; grass fibers, plant-based plastics, fuels and 100 percent recycled content metals, papers, plastics and glass.
Sustainability - There are hundreds of definitions of sustainability and sustainable development, but the best known is the one first coined by the United Nation's World Commission on Environment and Development. It suggests that development is sustainable where it "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Source:Sustainable Research Group (Grand Rapids, MI)
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