Colleges plan energy for sustainability course

The University of California at Merced and UC Berkeley Extension will offer "Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Planning and Policy" on May 14 and 15.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Merced Center in Fresno. The two-day course is geared for professionals in public and private sectors who recognize the importance of planning renewable energy communities and those who wish to advance their careers or start a new one, said Brandy Nikaido, a spokeswoman for UC Merced.

Here's a bit about the course from UC Berkeley's site: "Review the environmental impact of global energy systems, energy-use life cycle and alternative options. Learn strategies from energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy sources, green buildings, environmental responsibility and emerging clean tech innovations. Study the financial impact these strategies have on our economy and their effect on global climate change."

Those interested can register online.