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New York community college installs eco-friendly technologies in new centers

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:10

Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, has received two grants from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Brighton Pittsford Post reports that the money is being dedicated to prepare students to become trained technicians that are skilled in design, installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. 
The grants will be used in support of MCC's solar thermal technology certificate program and the construction of two new facilities. The Solar Thermal Auxiliary Resource (STAR) Center and the Weatherization House at the college's current Applied Technologies Center are the two buildings that will benefit from the grants. Both of these structures were constructed to exemplify the college's focus on promoting sustainability and educating students on new energy resource development in the market. In addition, the buildings are used as training and educational tools for students.
The STAR Center is approximately 1,600 square feet and exposes students to solar thermal technologies and radiant floor heating systems. The eco-friendly features of the structure are intended to reduce operational expenses associated with running the buildings and give students access to modern, green solutions that are growing in popularity. Radiant floor heating is being installed in both residential and commercial structures across the United States because of its ability to efficiently use both renewable and traditional energy resources to heat a space. 
Using the technology at a university is the perfect way for educators to demonstrate why the utility solution is ideal and provides students the opportunity to incrementally study how, why and when the system is most effective. Students interested in expanding their knowledge about sustainable systems at MCC are provided an ideal scenario, according to the news source.