Following decades of success in solar energy projects, the Missouri Legislature designated Crowder College in 1992 as the State’s renewable energy education center. The resulting Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center is recognized internationally for its contributions to the energy field.
The mission of the MARET Center is to expand renewable energy throughout the region with education, applied research, and economic development. Educational programs include certification and transfer degrees encompassing green construction, solar thermal energy, solar electricity, wind, and bio fuels. The MARET Center also assists in new product development and other business support services in renewable energy.
Green Campus Facilities NEW!
(Article from Campus Technology)
Programs like this (MARET) are crucial to the efforts we have for our economy and for our national security. Our Nation needs to have a new energy policy, an all-of-the-above strategy, and this is definitely part of that all-of-the-above strategy.” — Roy Blunt
(Read Congressman Roy Blunt’s statement carried on CSPAN)
As the result of the efforts of Congressman Roy Blunt, nearly 3 million dollars in Federal funds have been allocated towards construction of a new 27,000 sq. ft. facility to house the MARET programs, and these resources have been matched by local private donors. The first phase of construction of the building is slated to begin in the spring of 2009.
The new MARET Facility design incorporates the best practices in renewable energy technology and green construction. Project objectives are that the building be certified as LEED Platinum, plus operate as a positive net energy structure by producing more energy from renewable sources than it consumes. By utilizing wind energy, solar thermal, solar electricity, daylight, water and wastewater management and other innovations, the new facility will serve as a living laboratory for the educational programs taught at the MARET Center.
MARET Center and Solar House Tours
2nd Friday of each month at 2:00PM
The tour will include a discussion of the sustainable technologies that went into the building of the MARET Center, including LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design); the history of Crowder’s participation in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, including a tour of the first Solar House, and a brief history of Crowder’s Alternative Energy programs and where we are going in the future.
Tours are guided by instructors in the MARET Center.
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