Washington Sunrise 2030
Washington Sunrise 2030 is the work of the Clean Energy Technology Program at Shoreline Community College. The report extends the vision of the AIA 2030 Challenge to include electrification of transportation. Studies in the report map strategies for deploying distributed solar, community wind power and zero-energy buildings and remodels. Rapid ramp up of carbon-neutral transportation systems and alternatives to sprawl and congestion are also included. The report was the centerpiece of the 13th Annual Washington Solar Summit, Nov. 7-8, 2011, at the Puget Sound Energy headquarters in Bellevue, Wash.
The first edition of a new collaboration of Shoreline Community College, the Washington State University Energy Extension and The Northwest Solar Center. Articles and photos look at solar energy programs, policy, technology and installations in Washington.
Renewable Energy Report
In the past few years, a spotlight has fallen on issues of sustainability and our responsibility to the planet's environment. Shoreline Community College has been actively developing its leadership role as an educator in this emerging societal issue, joining other government leaders advocating for change and creating systems and mechanisms for change.
In 2006, the College joined the City of Seattle as a founding member of the Seattle Climate Partnership, making a commitment to reduce the College's "carbon footprint" in the next few years. The College became a national training center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology and co-sponsored the 2006 Washington State Odyssey Days, a two-day conference to heighten public awareness about the importance of using alternative fuels and other practical solutions to reduce carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Serving the future needs of our students and communities is one of the top priorities of the College, and therefore new curriculum is being developed to support the emerging renewable energy industry. College, business and labor officials met with representatives from the Washington State University Energy Extension Program and Northwest Solar Center to discuss curriculum development and with College faculty to review existing curricula from nationally-recognized renewable energy programs. They also identified the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to build and support a local renewable energy workforce. This planning process resulted in the production of a report to the community to use as a guide for creating training programs for jobs in renewable energy.
The group is currently developing certificate and degree programs and plans to begin offering the first pathway certificate program, the High Performance & Zero Energy Building Practices Certificate:
The program was approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in September. The general knowledge, skills and abilities, tools and equipment needs, worker behaviors, job titles and wages, as well as future trends and concerns, have already been identified for this program.
Two-year programs that are under consideration are Solar Construction (leads to a bachelor's degree at Washington State University); High Performance & Zero Energy Building Practices; Photovoltaic Design & Installation Certificate; Solar Energy Foundations; and Renewable Energy Career Overview Tech Prep.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Susan Hoyne, (206) 533-6638
Clean Energy House Dedication and ribbon cutting
On Thursday, May 17th, President Lee Lambert welcomed guests to the dedication of the Washington State University/Shoreline Community College Clean Energy House (Clean Energy). The event marked the opening of the Clean Energy House, which has been in construction at SCC since September of last year. The speakers recognized all the people who were involved in the project.
"We want especially to thank the Washington State University (WSU) students who designed and constructed the Clean Energy House for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon held in Washington D.C. in 2005," said Lambert. "SCC will be the permanent "home" for this project. We are grateful that we can show this house to the people of our community who are interested in seeing how solar energy can be used in their own homes."
Joining President Lambert at the dedication were Washington State Representative Maralyn Chase, Dr. Candis Claiborn, Washington State University Dean, WSU Prof. Mat Taylor, Architecture, and Northwest Solar House Executive Director Mike Nelson. Each speaker expressed his opinion regarding the importance of this facility for our community.
Washington State Representative Maralyn Chase shared information on current state initiatives that promote environmental sustainability and a vision of economic development in Shoreline that will support solar energy. Chase, a proponent of education and environmental health, was the driving force behind the placement of the solar house at SCC, and the relationship between SCC and the university are the result of her work. Rep. Chase was also was instrumental in getting funding for the project from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.
Dr. Candis Claiborn, advisor to the project, and WSU Asst. Professor, Architecture and Construction Management, Matt Taylor expressed unified support of both institutions for environmental sustainability. Claiborn shared the history of the project and Prof. Taylor spoke respectfully about the team of WSU architecture and engineering students who designed and built the solar facility.
Executive Director of the Northwest Solar Center, Mike Nelson, gave a brief presentation on the merits of solar energy and future goals of the center. Nelson is considered "the Godfather" of solar energy in the state, having lived off the grid since the 1970s.
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE ZERO ENERGY HOUSE DEDICATION
If you were unable to attend the Clean Energy House Dedication, there are several articles available online from the Seattle Post Intelligencer and the Daily Journal of Commerce. In addition, stories were aired by KING 5, KIRO, and Northwest CableNews regarding the new house. Daily Journal of Commerce 5/16/07.