Sustainability & Renewable Energy

The EMERGE Program for Sustainability & Renewable Energy at Seminole State College of Florida provides students with hands-on projects in green and emerging technologies, research opportunities and more.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF-ATE Grant #1501486), the College has infused sustainability and renewable energy concepts into a breadth of coursework and created a technical certificate program to enhance students’ core studies, engage them with new topics and help differentiate them to future employers.

Key features of the EMERGE Program:

  • A multidisciplinary certificate suitable for technicians and non-technicians alike.
  • Sustainability concepts integrated into a greater variety of courses.
  • Project-based learning with a Field Focus.
  • Curricula designed to prepare workers for industry certifications. 

More broadly, the EMERGE Program aims to create a better-informed global citizenry, regardless of future career— one prepared to meet the future’s energy demands with sustainable solutions and to accommodate the facts of our planet’s resource capacity, not simply to deny them. 

Study Abroad Rain Forest 2016
Seminole State College's Study Abroad programs for 2018 will take travelers through world-famous cities, beautiful natural environments and important hubs of culture and commerce.
(L-R) High school students Gabriel Melendez-Cetto, Nicholas Smith and McKenzie LaPierre test the functionality in the sun of a solar-powered air conditioner they built in Seminole State's Engineering Technology Summer Program.
A STEM Summer Program at Seminole State's Oviedo Campus gives local high school students the opportunity to experience hands-on, project-based learning and use it to solve real-world problems.
(L-R) Rodrigo Alcalá, Michael Barton, Caitlin McCormick and Laura Mendez-Castro.
Four student-leaders from Seminole State College of Florida's Environmental Initiative Clubs presented research projects at The National Council for Science and the Environment's (NCSE) 17th National Conference & Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment in Washington, D.C.
The 77,000-square-foot Student Services Center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus will include many eco-friendly features. Rendering courtesy: Song + Associates Inc.
The EMERGE Program for Sustainability and Renewable Energy will bring experts in the field to Seminole State College of Florida for a lecture and panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Seminole State student Derek Baie and Professor Kirk Sawyer discuss one of the engineering projects that students work on in the lab.
Students enrolled in the Engineering Technology program at Seminole State College of Florida now have new labs for hands-on instruction.
The challenge of a net zero dwelling is to have the home produce as much energy as it consumes by incorporating alternative energy sources, such as solar, while minimizing consumption with the use of energy-efficient appliances and fixtures.
Two baccalaureate students applied the skills they learned in class to build a tiny house. In August, Seminole State will offer a two-semester course in which students design a code-compliant, net-zero, smart and tiny house.
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Seminole State's oldest classroom building, which was renovated in 2011, has earned gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certificate recognizes the College for promoting energy-saving green technology.
The renovated third floor of building L contains 21 smart classrooms and numerous gathering places for students.
Students taking classes in the newly renovated third floor of building L on Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus will see green technology at work.
Filmmaker and Peabody Award winner Ian Cheney
Filmmaker and Peabody Award winner Ian Cheney will speak at Seminole State on Wednesday, March 2, in the Fine Arts Concert Hall on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of his 2008 documentary, "The Greening of Southie."
L-R: DBIA Chairman William G. Hasbrook Jr., Seminole State team members Jeffrey Stout, Michael Miller, Windy Pierre-Louis, Tamara Noftsinger and Tiffany Theodore, Construction Professor/Program Manager Dr. Tan Qu and DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington.
Following a Southeast regional win, students from the construction and interior design programs placed first in the nation at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student competition.
Seminole State students will learn about STEM career opportunities involving economic sustainability through a grant provided by Duke Energy Foundation. (graphic provided by Duke Energy)
Seminole State College of Florida has been awarded an $80,000 grant by Duke Energy Foundation to raise awareness and interest in STEM-based careers as they relate to environmental sustainability.
Board of Trustee Meeting Duke Energy
The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded Seminole State College a $77,000 grant to develop and implement a mobile solar-energy laboratory. The grant will support Seminole State's alternative energy certificate program in two ways.
Careers in STEM-related fields offer a wide variety of well-paid positions, many of them in management.
Seminole State College has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant totaling almost $900,000, to be paid over the next three years, to prepare students for high-earning careers in engineering, architecture and construction.
L-R: DBIA Chairman William G. Hasbrook Jr., Seminole State team members Jeffrey Stout, Michael Miller, Windy Pierre-Louis, Tamara Noftsinger and Tiffany Theodore, Construction Professor/Program Manager Dr. Tan Qu and DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington.
Following a Southeast regional win, students from the construction and interior design programs placed first in the nation at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student competition.
President Emeritus E. Ann McGee stands in the Seminole State Student Center. She is smiling and wearing a blue suit.
The Association of Florida Colleges and the Florida College System Council of Presidents are excited to announce that this year’s James L. Wattenbarger Award winner is Dr. E. Ann McGee, President Emerita, from Seminole State College.
A renovated historical Sanford Home. The house is painted light blue with white details around the windows and porch.
Seminole State College of Florida interior design alumna Julie Lampe won four awards at the American Society of Interior Designers: Florida North competition including one for her work restoring a historic Sanford home.
A group of female students are holding blue Seminole State College shirts for the camera.  These Seminole State students are excited for Summer!
Summer is the perfect time to get ahead at Seminole State. Learn why you should attend classes this summer!
An image for four people standing on a golf course as one person is putting a golf ball at the 2019 Dream Cup.
It was a perfect spring day for the 32 teams who participated in the Foundation for Seminole State College’s 36th annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament held April 15 at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, raising over $45,000 for programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.
Image of the gala dinner dining room, decorated with green balloon centerpieces for each table.  The 2019 Foundation for Seminole State College Dream Gala raised over $421,000.
Through the generosity of over 400 attendees, the Foundation for Seminole State College's 35th Annual Dream Gala raised over $421,000 for student scholarships, faculty program support and areas of greatest need throughout the College.
Logo of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Seminole State College of Florida as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

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