University of Vermont

FALL 2016 Courses:

UNIVERSAL RECYCLING WITH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & FOOD (3 credit CDAE 195/295)
see details below

Renewable BioEnergy ProgramĀ 

default-WtE BioEnergy Program Mission

The mission of this program is to provide hands-on instruction in all possible BioEnergy areas, Waste to Energy areas,  Energy & Food Supply areas, support generation of related skilled workforce and stimulate sustainable energy, while enhancing food security & valued byproducts production :
* UNIVERSAL RECYCLING  WITH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS   (starting fall 2016, see details below, course built on past semesters including waste to energy & bioenergy biomass to biofuels for food & energy valued products for strong community connections)
* BIOENERGY: BIOMASS TO BIOFUELS - (upcoming ). Comprehensive Overview & Experiential Learning (Check out details from menu items on the left, including the Topics Covered, Experts, Hands-on/Service Learning Projects, and meet our Former Participants / Students)
FROM WASTE TO ENERGY (spring version see info below)
* SOLID BIOFUELS (woody biomass; grass energy)
* BIOGAS & BIO-ELECTRICITY AT FARMS & BUSINESSES; * BIOHEAT (heat capture from biomass e.g. compost)
* LIQUID BIOFUELS (Transportation fuels: gasoline, biodiesel, jet fuel; ethanol; oil-heat); BIOFUELS RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, POLITICAL & OTHER TOPICS.

Program Director & Lead Instructor:  Anju D. Krivov Ph.D. For program/course related information contact her.


UNIVERSAL RECYCLING WITH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
      FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT &
FOOD       
About This Course      How this course is taught?       Prerequisites     Who should attend this course?     CDAE 195/295 
FALL 2016 Course    CDAE 195 [ CRN 96071 N ]    or   CDAE 295 [ CRN 96069 D ]
Earn 3 credits this fall, learn and experience hands-on with real world community partners engaged in creating values for Food, Energy and Environment from recycled Organics with  Community Connections: around 70% of the 144 million tons of organic waste produced in US is managed by landfills including 42% food waste and 32% yard waste as calculated in a recent study. Dairy farm nutrients management is already a well known environmental challenge. All those waste streams are important resources for generation of renewable energy (electricity, biofuels, bioheat etc.), and valued byproducts required for sustainable food supply (compost, fertilizer etc.) from sustainable recycling of organics with a strong community connection course offered in the upcoming fall 2016  via UVM's CDAE.   Gain skills and experience in “diversion of organics from landfills for creating energy and food supply valued byproducts” with this fall 2016 course. The State of Vermont, and Massachusetts both implemented law/regulations in 2014 to promote food recovery and decrease disposal of food scraps in landfills, and IN 2016 the State of California recently started similar implementation. Concept is going nationwide ... This course is providing hands-on learning opportunity: check out the hands-on projects undertaken in previous years. Participants can build on the these projects or start new ones this fall. 
According to 2014 estimates, to support organics processing infrastructure locally alone $20 million will be needed over the nine years; additional $17 million will be needed for trucks and carts to collect both recyclables and organics. For diversion of organics, energy generation and composting solutions are some of the pathways for efficient management of diverted organics. This course explores the community connection and addresses alternative solutions from universal recycling of materials as applications of the new act, such as, addition of food residuals to existing anaerobic digester systems to produce biogas and electricity. This hands on service learning course is designed to provide experiential learning experience and covers community based solutions from universal recycling related science & technology topics, background & literature information besides addressing the environmental, economic, social, and other related topics.

 The organics diverted fro landfills  (FOOD WASTE, DAIRY FARM MANURE, MUNICIPAL WASTES, LANDFILL WASTE, WASTE COOKING OIL, CARBON EXHAUSTS, NUTRIENTS RUNOFF, NON-FOOD CELLULOSIC or LIGNO-CELLULOSIC MATERIALS, and SEVERAL OTHER forms of 'excess materials', or 'wastes' or 'materials going wasted' or 'unused materials not converted into valued products')  ARE ALL UNTAPPED RESOURCES available for creating various sources of energy and byproducts. With the combined efforts of USDA, EPA & Dept. of Energy, diversion of organics from landfills is a rapidly emerging regulation requiring sustainable solutions. Are we prepared for taking care of the organic waste we constantly generate responsibly? 

THIS HANDS-ON COURSE
* explores  conversion of available untapped resources into  valued byproducts for energy, environement and food - sustainably and responsibly from small scales to community scales, and addresses transforming non-recyclable waste or undesirable materials (such as manure from dairy farms or poultries, nutrients runoff affecting water bodies, organic waste including food waste ending up in landfills, solid and other wastes) into different forms of energy and byproducts via established or under-progress processes.
* uniquely draws heavily on the expertise of waste to energy professionals from public, private organizations, industry and farms active in this sector to provide experiential learning to students with in-depth knowledge of organics conversion to valued byproducts and  related technologies,  processes and waste resource management.
* Participants in this course will gain comprehensive insight of technologies and a broad appreciation of the technical, economic, policy and environmental challenges in the waste to energy sector with added networking opportunities.
* Internships and Service learning supported.

Semesters::Fall 2016
Location: UVM campus and throughout Vermont. 
Register for Academic Credit: 3  College Credits for  CDAE 195 [ CRN 96071 N ]    or   CDAE 295 [ CRN 96069 D ] 
Meetings/Times:  Mondays 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Travel time for two field trips is extra).
Time/Day Exceptions: None.
Contact Registrar office or the student services at CDAE  for your registration options. For syllabus related questions contact the instructor
Registration Schedule, Tuition and Fees: More info>>

MEANS OF INSTRUCTION
A. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based organizations engaged in organics diversion from landfills and conversion to valued byproducts for energy, environment and food;
B. HANDS ON FIELD WORK & SITE VISITS to  facilities engaged in implementing organic diversions and byproducts creation: site visits are key part in this course that provide students with a unique opportunity to see the  facilities in operation, and to speak directly with facility managers and other operatives.
C. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts drawn from State, Businesses and farms representing a wide range of organizations to bring in the real world into classroom setting; depending on a site some lectures are delivered on-site for experiential learning.
D. ENERGY, ENVIRONEMENT & FOOD FROM UNIVERSAL RECYCLING OF ORGANICS RELATED PROCESSES & EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS by professionals;
E. ONLINE BLACKBOARD: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
F. HANDS-ON PROJECTS selected by students. Individual or group projects in collaboration with a  community partners to offers students unique opportunity to develop depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real world challenges. 

Readings:  Topic specific materials for readings will be provided via blackboard.

PREREQUISITES  (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):
› Eligibility to enroll in a College program with basic understanding of wastes generated and potential energy solutions.
› Non-degree students contact lead instructor at anju.krivov@uvm.edu.
› Space permitting, also open to Ph.D. students, Post Docs and Auditing.

PARTICIPANTS
› course will be particularly beneficial to participants interested in following universal recycling law, renewable energy; waste resource management; environmental management; organics & related byproduct manufacturing both in industry and farm settings; organics reuse technology assessment & development; policy and local authority planning; energy consulting; feedstock and fuel supply logistics; entrepreneurs and others.

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From WASTE to ENERGY - Community Development Applications       
About This Course      How this course is taught?       Prerequisites     Who should attend this course?   SPRING 2016 Course
CDAE 195/295  ENSC 185
FOOD WASTE, DAIRY FARM MANURE, MUNICIPAL WASTES, LANDFILL WASTE, WASTE COOKING OIL, CARBON EXHAUSTS, NUTRIENTS RUNOFF, NON-FOOD CELLULOSIC or LIGNO-CELLULOSIC MATERIALS, and SEVERAL OTHER forms of 'excess materials', or 'wastes' or 'materials going wasted' or 'unused materials not converted into valued products'  ARE ALL UNTAPPED RESOURCES available for creating various forms of SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (liquid/solid/gaseous biofuel, heat, electricity etc.) and other valued byproducts (dairy farm bedding materials for animals, compost, fertilizer, polymers, bio plastics etc.) for community and economic development. With the combined efforts of USDA, EPA & Dept. of Energy, diversion of organics from landfills is a rapidly emerging regulation. Vermont has already enacted act 148 as the universal recycling law for solid waste. Nutrient management area has its own challenges for example, dairy farm manure, which is a source of nutrients runoff affecting health of natural water bodies from excess nitrogen and phosphorus. Additional regulations would require sustainable solutions. Are we prepared for taking care of the waste we constantly generate responsibly? 

THIS HANDS-ON COURSE
* explores conversion of available untapped resources into energy and valued byproducts - sustainably and responsibly from small scales to community scales, and addresses transforming non-recyclable waste or undesirable materials (such as manure from dairy farms or poultries, nutrients runoff affecting water bodies, organic waste including food waste ending up in landfills, solid and other wastes) into different forms of energy and byproducts via established or under-progress processes.
* uniquely draws heavily on the expertise of waste to energy professionals from public, private organizations, industry and farms active in this sector to provide experiential learning to students with in-depth knowledge of waste to energy technologies (thermal, chemical, biological etc.), processes and waste resource management.
* Participants in this course will gain comprehensive insight of technologies and a broad appreciation of the technical, economic, policy and environmental challenges in the waste to energy sector with added networking opportunities.
* Internships and Service learning supported.


Semesters::Spring
Location: UVM campus and throughout Vermont. 
Register for Academic Credit: (3  College Credits for CDAE 195 L-15507  or  CDAE 295 C-15508 or  ENSC 185 16063 ) 
Meetings/Times:  Fridays 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Travel time for five field trips is extra).
Time/Day Exceptions: None.
Contact Registrar office or the student services at CDAE or the student services at RSENR  for your registration options. For syllabus related questions contact the  instructor
Registration Schedule, Tuition and Fees: More info>>

MEANS OF INSTRUCTION
A. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based waste to energy organizations;
B. HANDS ON FIELD WORK & SITE VISITS to waste-to-energy facilities: site visits are key part in this course that provide students with a unique opportunity to see waste to energy facilities in operation, and to speak directly with facility managers and other operatives.
C. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts drawn from waste to energy sector representing a wide range of organizations to bring in the real world into classroom setting; depending on a site some lectures are delivered on-site for experiential learning.
D. WASTE TO ENERGY PROCESSES & EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS by professionals;
E. ONLINE BLACKBOARD: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
F. HANDS-ON PROJECTS selected by students. Individual or group projects in collaboration with a  community partner engaged in waste to energy, offers students unique opportunity to develop depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real world challenges. 

Readings:  Topic specific materials will be provided via blackboard. Readings recommended by the topic specific instructors. The textbook: Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels (Academic Press, Elsevier Science, Editor A. Dahiya)  available  at  UVM Bookstore and also at Amazon ; Barnes & Noble  ; Elsevier,

PREREQUISITES  (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):
› Eligibility to enroll in a College program with basic understanding of wastes generated and potential energy solutions.
› Non-degree students contact lead instructor at anju.krivov@uvm.edu.
› Space permitting, also open to Ph.D. students, Post Docs and Auditing.

PARTICIPANTS
› course will be particularly beneficial to participants interested in following wide range of sectors: renewable energy; waste resource management; environmental management; fuel & related byproduct manufacturing both in industry and farm settings; waste to energy technology assessment & development; policy and local authority planning; energy consulting; feedstock and fuel supply logistics; entrepreneurs and others.

OTHER RELATED INFO

Exam Policies
Other Academic Policies


BioEnergy: Biomass to Biofuels Courses


1. ONLINE: Bioenergy Professional Certificate via Continuing and Distance Education [coming soon] 

FALL 2015 

Semesters::Fall

2. ON CAMPUS::UVM campus and throughout Vermont. See info below: 

Register for Variable Academic Credit: (2 to 4  College Credits for NR 285 - J- 95467  OR TRC 295 - A - 95426

Meetings: twice a week 09/18/2015 to 12/09/2015 (Fridays evening on-campus, and Saturdays morning field-trips)

Times:  On campus classes on Fridays (4:05 pm - 7:05 pm) , and field trips on Saturdays (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)  

Variable Credits:

1&2 credits: on-campus lectures with access to blackboard materials (No  field trips or hands-on project)

3 credit: on-campus lectures with access to blackboard materials hands on in-lab & field trip sessions (No hands-on project).

4 credit: on-campus lectures w/access to Blackboard materials, hands on in-lab & field trip sessions, hands-on project in partnership with a community partner engaged in related work

5 credit (special permission of lead instructor required): Same as in credit 4 except additional 1 credit hour for the hands-on project.

6 credit (special permission of lead instructor required): Same as in credit 4 except additional 2 credit hours for the hands-on project.

Textbook: Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels (Elsevier Science, Editor A. Dahiya)  available at: Amazon ; Barnes & Noble  ; Elsevier, and other readings recommended by the topic specific instructors.

Time/Day Exceptions: Classes start from September 18 onwards. September 17th is optional day for blackboard setup (participants who are unfamiliar with this online tool should contact lead instructor for that). Travel time to & from field trips for some long distance trips extra. Few days/weeks for self study and working with a community partner of choice.

Contact Registrar office or the student services at RSENR or TRC for your options. For syllabus related questions contact the instructor.

Registration Schedule, Tuition and Fees: More info>>

Previous Course Listings: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 crosslisted as ENSC 285, NR 285, PSS 296, TRC 295

PARTICIPANTS/STUDENTS
Degree and non-degree seeking students (any background or department), farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others are welcome

Check out the details from menu items on the left, including the Topics Covered, info about the Experts , the Hands-on/Service Learning Projects, and meet the Former Participants / Students

COURSE FLYER: When available please feel free to download a flyer to post at your location for anyone else who may be interested in this course. Thank you for your interest and participation in promoting alternative energy education! (Note: the course flyer links opens up in a new window)

MEANS OF INSTRUCTION
A. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based biofuels businesses;
B. HANDS ON FIELD WORK involving tours to Farms/Biofuel facilities & related projects;
C. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts from businesses;
D. BIOFUELS EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS by professionals;
E. ONLINE BLACKBOARD: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
F. HANDS-ON PROJECTS selected by students

PREREQUISITES  (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):
› Eligibility to enroll in a College program with basic understanding of renewable resources such as plants, preferably of biofuels related.
› Non-degree students (farmers, retired professionals etc.) contact lead instructor  
› Space permitting, also open to Ph.D. students, Post Docs and Auditing.

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