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Biomass to Biofuels - a complete Renewable Energy program

Spring 2013
(January 25th to April 27th, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00PM to 4:30PM)

Meeting dates and times: January 25, 2013 to April 27, 2013; Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM - 4:30PM; 2 or more of the Saturday field trips from 8:30am to 1:30; travel time to Biofuels facilities is extra. In addition to the regular mandatory field trips there may be optional complementary field trips. Note: No classes during the break, plus two self-study weeks for course project and work with community partner.

Location: UVM campus & throughout Vermont
Lead Instructor: Lead Instructor Anju Dahiya
Register for Academic Credit: (4 College Credits for ENSC 285, NR 285, or TRC 295)
Or Email or call 800-639-3210 or 802-656-2085 to make a phone or in-person appointment with a Continuing Education Advisor to discuss your options.
Tuition and Fees: More info>>
Previous Course Listings: 2010, 2011, 2012 as ENSC 285, NR 285 & PSS 296

Course Description: Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through research and instruction. Experts in following areas will provide hands-on instruction in various biofuels including:

LIQUID BIOFUELS (seed-based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuel);
SOLID BIOFUELS (wood & grass energy), and
BIOGAS (the farm-based energy).

This course covers a wide-range of Biofuels related science & technology topics, background & literature, as well as important environmental, economic, social and other Biofuels related issues.

Degree and non-degree seeking students, farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others.


  1. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based biofuels businesses;
  2. HANDS ON FIELD WORK involving tours to Farms/Biofuel facilities & related projects;
  3. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts from businesses;
  5. ONLINE CLASSES: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
  6. Service learning projects selected by students

Prerequisites (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):