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Chatfield and Duke Energy to Offer Free Course in Environmental Sustainability

December 15th, 2010

Chatfield College is teaming up with Duke Energy to offer a free course, “Sustainable Energy 101” so that students and community members can learn about environmental issues and solutions, discuss the possibilities for future usage of the current types of marketed energy and potential new ways to supply energy resources to our homes and schools, and prepare for professions or hobbies in the field of sustainability.

Funded by the Duke Energy Foundation Community Sustainability Grant Program, the 15-week course will be followed by a six-week summer practicum where the students will build a project that addresses a sustainability issue discovered during the spring semester class.

“By offering this course for free, thanks to the Duke Energy Foundation, we are opening doors to an environmental education that some students and community members may have never had the opportunity to receive. This course will help not only our Chatfield students, but the community as a whole,” says Dr. Roger Courts, academic dean.

The course objectives will be measured by recording and analyzing differences in energy consumption before and after the project is complete, as well as examining the increase in awareness of environmental sustainability issues among students and community members. 

“This course is important in a variety of ways from saving money on utility bills to those who follow the "green movement.”  It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to inform and assist those who want to know more to improve their own lives and directly and/or indirectly improve the health of the environment at the same time,” says Eric Davenport, course instructor.

For more information about the environmental sustainability course or to enroll, contact Chuck Marino, Admissions Counselor at 513-875-3344 ext. 115 or e-mailcharles.marino@chatfield.edu. The class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:40-9pm at the St. Martin campus.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin (Brown County) and Cincinnati.  Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.  The St. Martin campus is located 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin, Ohio 45118. The Cincinnati location is at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH  45202.  For more information, visit the website, at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-921-9856 or email admissions@chatfield.edu.

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky's operations provide electricity to approximately 820,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 500,000 customers.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.  To learn more and contribute to the discussion about the energy issues of today and the possibilities of tomorrow see www.sheddingalight.org. To learn more about Duke Energy in the Ohio and Kentucky community, visit http://news.duke-energy.com/2010/09/21/duke-energy-in-the-community/.

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