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."
A wide landscape shot. The UP building and student center from the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus are in the distance.
Seminole State College of Florida is expanding the distribution of $4,075,030 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to help students who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
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.
A wide landscape shot. The UP building and student center from the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus are in the distance.
Seminole State College of Florida is expanding the distribution of $4,075,030 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to help students who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
American Association of Community Colleges 100 Forward
Seminole State College of Florida has been honored with the American Association of Community College’s 2020 Award of Excellence for Advancing Diversity.
Dr. Alex Toth is the new dean for the Center for Public Safety at Seminole State College. Toth stands in front of the fountain on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus with his arms folded across his chest.
Seminole State College of Florida welcomes Dr. Alex Toth as the new dean of the Center for Public Safety.
Hispanic woman with curly hair studies in front of a laptop with headphones on.
While nothing can completely replace the feeling of being in the room, you can still build a strong community with your fellow Raiders while online, to benefit you now and in the future.
Seminole State mascot Rally
Students graduating from Seminole State College of Florida this spring will have an opportunity to safely celebrate their achievement with family and friends during the College’s virtual graduation ceremony on May 20 at 7 p.m. EST.
Seminole County Florida logo
Seminole County residents looking to upskill or reskill to advance or begin their careers can take free classes at Seminole State through scholarships provided by Seminole County government.
Woman stands at a desk with blue prints in front of her. She is holding a tablet in her hands with a book open. She is wearing a safety vest and hard hat.
The construction industry has managed to keep people safely at work while setting their eyes on the future. At the heart of it all is the project manager, keeping the lights on and keeping us on track for a brighter tomorrow.

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