The Renewable Energy major is a broad-based interdisciplinary program addressing the social, economic, and technical issues that graduates will encounter in the emerging field of renewable energy and green careers.
According to a study by the Brookings Institute (2011), green (or "clean") careers occur in the "sector of the economy that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit." The clean economy employs approximately 2.7 million workers across a diverse group of industries in the United States. Of these jobs, the "clean technology" segment was a top performer in job production and far outpaced the economy as a whole during the recession years of 2008 and 2009. Further, the clean economy is manufacturing intensive, which plays into a major strength of the Renewable Energy curriculum.
And why is Illinois State University a good place to prepare for a green career? Because as a campus we are walking the talk. ISU was listed in the 2012 Princeton Review - Guide to Green Colleges, a listing of schools that "demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation."
Two of the significant elements that contributed to the ISU listing in the 2011 Guide to Green Colleges were the establishment in 2008 of the Renewable Energy major and the Center for Renewable Energy. The interdisciplinary program was the first of its kind in the United States to prepare students for green careers through a broad exposure to essential technology and economics/public policy principles and issues. The Center for Renewable Energy works in conjunction with faculty in the major to develop opportunities for applied research on renewable energy, projects that often provide real world learning experiences for students.
The faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you Renew Your Future and prepare for the leadership challenges of the professional world.
For more information on renewable energy and clean careers, please see the following sources.
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