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The environmental technology program prepares students for employment in the sustainable technology field. Students gain understanding of the broad range of ecological and social issues driving sustainability, as well as a global awareness of environmentalism. With a foundation in the principles of sustainability, students develop a framework of understanding with specific training in environmental systems, sustainable materials, and technical methodologies. Areas such as distribution and energy management, water resources, and waste management will be studied. Students completing the program will be positioned for sustainable jobs in architecture, construction and building energy auditing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fashion, automotive technology, and related industries. Competencies will be assessed regularly by student performance in the classroom and laboratory. 

Environmental Technology 95
(formerly Environmental Technology 95abcd)
Cooperative Work Experience Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

Environmental Technology 99
(formerly Environmental Technology 99abc)
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Environmental Technology with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Environmental Technology field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.

*Note: Transfer limitations apply. Note: The total units earned for Cooperative Work Experience Education may not exceed 16 units.

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Environmental Technology not covered in the regular departmental listings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Environmental Technology projects (54 hours per unit).

*Note: Transfer limitations apply. Note: For eligibility requirements, go to www.elcamino.edu/admissions/credit.asp

Environmental Technology 101
Theory and Relevancy of Global Environmental Awareness

3 units; 3 hours lecture Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Environmental Technology 102
(formerly Environmental Technology 1)
Sustainable Energy and Renewable
Building Sciences and Technologies

3 units; 3 hours lecture Recommended Preparation: Environmental Technology 101 and eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This introductory course explores topics of sustainability. The topics range from a historical framework of environmentalism to urban ecology, the theories of regenerative landscape, landscape urbanism and deconstructivism in a post-industrial economy. Class discussion will include the role of commerce and governmental regulation and how it affects the emerging green economy. Additional topics include a 21st century view of how we interpret opportunities for revitalization and renovation of our urban spaces.

This course is designed to prepare students to survey and evaluate systems of sustainable and conventional energy creation, energy distribution, energy management, and introduces the developing rating systems that are quantifying and measuring green building and environmental system efficiency performance. “Green Regenerative” sciences and technologies will be emphasized. Areas of concentration will include: green building design and site selection, energy efficient designs and construction techniques, photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar thermal systems, wind energy, fuel cells, solid waste management, water conservation, and building energy rating systems.

Environmental Technology 103
Environmental Technology Materials and

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab Recommended Preparation: Environmental Technology 102 and eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Environmental Technology 165
Sustainable and Regenerative Practices in Site and
Landscape Development

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for Architecture 150A
and English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is the third in a series of courses that reviews the principles of sustainability and fosters an understanding of environmental awareness. This course introduces green alternative methodologies and the processes of using ecological and green products into everyday life. The principles of ‘cradle to cradle’and regenerative processes will be examined and applied, in how we allocate, recycle and re-use our resources.

This course explores sustainable and regenerative principles for site and landscape development. The course covers strategies for hillside development, grading and drainage including retention systems and Standard Urban Storm Water Mitigation Plan (SUSMP) methodologies. Other topics included are paving design including permeable paving, wall systems, water and energy efficient irrigation and lighting systems, as well as, drought tolerant landscape planting strategies.