The engineering department now offers students the opportunity to have a Sustainibility Designation along with their engineering concentration. This is done in an effort to be stewards of the Earth and to live as part of the natural world in ways that mirror the care and love God has for the creation.

Sustainablility designation

Students may receive a sustainability designation to their concentration (e.g., "BSE Sustainable Computer/ Electrical Concentration") by completing all of the following four items:

  1. Complete Engineering 184: Sustainability Challenges (more information below). (*2nd Year)
  2. Complete one 3 or 4 semester hour sustainability-themed course (talk with your advisor to determine a viable selection)
  3. Complete Engineering 384: Sustainability Analysis (for more information talk to your advisor) (*4th Year)
  4. Design a sustainability project for your senior design project (Engr 339/340), or complete an internship that focuses on sustainability.

Other procedures and activities may qualify for the sustainability designation. For additional details, please contact the department chair or the Department Head Sustainability Coordinator, Prof. Matthew Heun.

Engr 184: Sustainability Challenges

(1 credit hour) Sustainability involves meetings the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This course examines the challenges to achieving sustainability in three arenas: economic, social, and environment. Topics include global energy usage, personal carbon footprint, world population, and climate change. The trade-offs amoung biblical principles related to sustainablility (stewardship, justice, and the cultural mandate) are examined.

Engr 384: Sustainability Analysis

Calvin's engineering department will provide more online information soon. Students may also talk with their advisor.

Program for Sustainability Engineering

The Program for Sustainability Engineering (PSE) educates students and the community to understand and demonstrate commitments to sustainable approaches to addressing important problems of our contemporary world. The PSE oversees the sustainability designation to the Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree. The PSE provides funding for “sustainability challenges” and “analysis of sustainability engineering systems” courses within the engineering department, funding for the “economics of energy and sustainability” course in the economics department, and student/faculty research. In addition, the PSE maintains and advances sustainability-related teaching and research infrastructure, provides community outreach on sustainability-related topics, and serves as an institutional home for other sustainability-related activities within the engineering department. Students are encouraged to participate with the PSE as interns, researchers, and student club members.

Sustainable living

The daily working out of the stewardship mandate. We seek to live as part of the natural world in ways that mirror the care and love God has for the creation. To live in a sustainable fashion means our daily activities will be conducted in such a manner that they do not seriously jeopardize, but instead promote, the well being of other people, other species, and the ability of future generations of all creatures to flourish. This statement is intended to challenge ourselves to lead lives of increased meaning and purpose, lives that promote healing and reconciliation within creation. We consider this response to be a divine calling, the working out of which will bear fruits of love and hope in our groaning world.

Sustainability projects

Expected savings of $20,000 to $25,000 a year ultimately made the decision to install 142 energy efficient LED lights in the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center an easy one.The cost of $154,000 (minus a $46,000 rebate from Consumers Energy) will be recouped in a matter of years and given back to the Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF).

Along with the new lighting project, Timmer also worked on a CERF project to install 140 low-flow showerheads in the dormitory suites on campus

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