The study of sustainability and renewable energy systems addresses the concerns of world resources, including energy and renewable energy, and their social, economic, and environmental impacts. The field is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, and there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Our sustainability and renewable energy systems program, with only a handful of similar programs in the United States, provides strong foundational knowledge in traditional and renewable energy systems and their impacts on society. You'll develop comprehensive skills that will allow you to offer solutions related to technical, economic, social, and environmental challenges related to energy, efficiency, and renewable resource management.

At UW-Platteville, you’ll gain hands-on experience through co-ops, internships, and senior design projects. Sustainability and renewable energy systems graduates are creative problem-solvers who find careers with utility companies, energy producers and auditors, building design and construction firms, various levels of municipalities, and more.

The sustainability and renewable energy system program is designed to meet diverse employer needs by providing two areas of emphasis for you to choose from.

Design and Analysis

Deepen your understanding of engineering technology with the design and analysis emphasis. You’ll gain the ability to work on the technical side of energy projects ranging from analysis, design, energy and waste reduction, operational, and process improvement facets in industry. This emphasis has a stronger foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering principles and requires more courses in these areas.

Development and Management

Explore the business and finance side of the energy industry with the development and management emphasis. You’ll be prepared for a career as an auditor, inventory specialist, logistics expert or project manager. You will be able to deploy your skills to leverage finance scenarios to successfully engage and complete energy projects on a large scale. This emphasis has a stronger foundation in management and finance and requires more courses in these areas.