Award-Winning Program

De Anza's Environmental Studies Department has been recognized by the state Chancellor's "Workforce Stars" initiative for strong performance in a key area:
  • Environmental technology students increased their earnings by 120%

Careers in Energy Management and Building Science

students in building control room

Businesses and other organizations are increasingly focused on operating their facilities in ways that are both financially and environmentally sustainable.

This means growing demand for builders and managers who understand the technical aspects of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building – including the use of sustainable materials and energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems.

It's also important to know about passive solar design, LEED standards, code compliance, energy audits and total cost of ownership.


Employment Outlook: 2016-2026

  • The number of jobs for environmental engineering technicians is expected to grow by 15.4%
  • Jobs for environmental technicians are expected to increase 12.8%

These ten-year projections are calculated by California's Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Energy Management and Building Science at De Anza

students inspecting streetThe Environmental Studies Department offers two certificates and an associate degree in Energy Management and Building Science. The program focuses on the technical aspects of building operations, while the Facility and Sustainable Building Management program focuses more on the business aspects. Both programs provide an integrated approach to concepts from physical science, economics and social and political issues.

Courses are designed for students of all levels, including those just beginning their studies as well as professionals who are looking to improve their knowledge and career opportunities. Many classes are taught at De Anza's award-winning Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. A number of courses are offered online. 

In addition to this program, the Environmental Studies Department offers certificates and degrees in

Environmental Studies

  • Certificate of Achievement - Energy Management and Building ScienceDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Energy Management and Building Science

    The Certificate of Achievement - Energy Management and Building Science will prepare students for new and emerging career opportunities in energy management technology, building energy audit, facilities management, building design and sustainability, and renewable energy systems. Completion of the Certificate of Achievement provides an introduction to energy efficiency techniques and principles and prepares students for careers in managing and monitoring energy efficient buildings. The certificate curriculum is aligned with professional certifications offered by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), including Facilities Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP). Students will also be well prepared for the certification test for Renewable (Solar) Energy Professional offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

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  • Certificate of Achievement - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution PreventionDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention

    In this career-oriented program, students are trained in the interrelated fields of environmental resource management (sustainable multiple-use management of our fundamental environmental resources – air, water, land, food and extracted materials) and pollution prevention. The training received is multidisciplinary, covering the areas of law/regulation, public health, economics and science and technology, and includes coursework covering a variety of practical management tools that employers look for. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment as entry-level environmental management/pollution prevention specialists in a wide range of positions and settings, including working for business/industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. This certificate is the first step in a career ladder whereby students can optionally choose to later complete a Certificate of Achievement- Advanced and finally an A.A. degree.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - Facility and Sustainable Building ManagementDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Facility and Sustainable Building Management

    The interdisciplinary Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degree align with the requirements set by the facility management industry for qualified facility management professionals. Students will be educated and provided actual on-the-job work experience. Students will understand the cross functional aspects of a successful facility manager and will be further educated on the roles facility managers play, the basics of building operations and maintenance, building sustainability, and work management within the facility manager job function. International Facility Management Association (IFMA) estimates the average age of practicing facility managers is more than 49 years old. IFMA also forecasts that 30 to 50 percent of practicing facility managers will retire within the next 10 years. This indicates a pending employment gap and a need for younger, well-educated and qualified facility management professionals. IFMA has turned to California community colleges to help fill this gap. The Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degrees will prepare students for careers in building sustainability, space planning, environmental health and safety, energy efficiency, sustainable landscaping, real estate, property management, human resources and other business-related job functions such as marketing, sales and accounting.

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Energy Management and Building ScienceDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Energy Management and Building Science

    The Certificate of Achievement-Advanced Energy Management and Building Science will prepare students for new and emerging career opportunities in energy management technology, building energy audit, facilities management, building design and sustainability, and renewable energy systems. Completion of the Certificate of Achievement- Advanced provides an intermediate level of analysis in energy efficiency principles and prepares students for careers in managing and monitoring energy efficient buildings. The certificate curriculum is aligned with professional certifications offered by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), including Facilities Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP). Students will also be well prepared for the certification test for Renewable (Solar) Energy Professional offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

    Degree Requirements

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    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Facility and Sustainable Building ManagementDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Facility and Sustainable Building Management

    The interdisciplinary Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degree align with the requirements set by the facility management industry for qualified facility management professionals. Students will be educated and provided actual on-the-job work experience. Students will understand the cross functional aspects of a successful facility manager and will be further educated on the roles facility managers play, the basics of building operations and maintenance, building sustainability, and work management within the facility manager job function. International Facility Management Association (IFMA) estimates the average age of practicing facility managers is more than 49 years old. IFMA also forecasts that 30 to 50 percent of practicing facility managers will retire within the next 10 years. This indicates a pending employment gap and a need for younger, well-educated and qualified facility management professionals. IFMA has turned to California community colleges to help fill this gap. The Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degrees will prepare students for careers in building sustainability, space planning, environmental health and safety, energy efficiency, sustainable landscaping, real estate, property management, human resources and other business-related job functions such as marketing, sales and accounting.

    Degree Requirements

    View in Catalog

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution PreventionDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention

    In this career-oriented program, students are trained in the interrelated fields of environmental resource management (sustainable multiple-use management of our fundamental environmental resources – air, water, land, food and extracted materials) and pollution prevention. The training received is multidisciplinary, covering the areas of law/regulation, public health, economics and science and technology, and includes coursework covering a variety of practical management tools that employers look for. Upon completion, students are prepared for employment as environmental management/ pollution prevention specialists in a wide range of positions and settings, including working for business/industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. This certificate is the middle step in a career ladder with the first step being a Certificate of Achievement and the last (optional) step being an A.A. degree.

    Degree Requirements

    View in Catalog

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Associate in Science - Energy Management and Building ScienceDetails for Associate in Science - Energy Management and Building Science

    The A.S. degree - Energy Management and Building Science will prepare students for new and emerging career opportunities in energy management technology, building energy audit, facilities management, building design and sustainability, and renewable energy systems. Completion of the degree program provides students with a skilled knowledge of energy efficiency principles and prepares them for careers in managing and monitoring energy efficient buildings. The program curriculum is aligned with professional certifications offered by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), including Facilities Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP). Students will also be well prepared for the certification test for Renewable (Solar) Energy Professional offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

    Degree Requirements

    View in Catalog

  • Associate in Arts - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution PreventionDetails for Associate in Arts - Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention

    In this career-oriented program, students are trained in the interrelated fields of environmental resource management (sustainable multiple-use management of our fundamental environmental resources – air, water, land, food and extracted materials) and pollution prevention. The training received is multidisciplinary, covering the areas of law/regulation, public health, economics and science and technology, and includes coursework covering a variety of practical management tools that employers look for. Upon completion, students are prepared for either employment as environmental management/pollution prevention specialists (in a wide range of positions and settings, including working for business/industry, government, and non profit organizations) or for transfer to 2O17-2O18 DE ANZA COLLEGE CATALOG 87 four-year degree programs in Environmental Studies or related majors. This degree is the last step in a career ladder with the first step being a Certificate of Achievement and the second being a Certificate of Achievement-Advanced.

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  • Associate in Science - Facility and Sustainable Building ManagementDetails for Associate in Science - Facility and Sustainable Building Management

    The interdisciplinary Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degree align with the requirements set by the facility management industry for qualified facility management professionals. Students will be educated and provided actual on-the-job work experience. Students will understand the cross functional aspects of a successful facility manager and will be further educated on the roles facility managers play, the basics of building operations and maintenance, building sustainability, and work management within the facility manager job function. International Facility Management Association (IFMA) estimates the average age of practicing facility managers is more than 49 years old. IFMA also forecasts that 30 to 50 percent of practicing facility managers will retire within the next 10 years. This indicates a pending employment gap and a need for younger, well-educated and qualified facility management professionals. IFMA has turned to California community colleges to help fill this gap. The Facility and Sustainable Building Management certificates and degrees will prepare students for careers in building sustainability, space planning, environmental health and safety, energy efficiency, sustainable landscaping, real estate, property management, human resources and other business-related job functions such as marketing, sales and accounting.

    Degree Requirements

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In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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