The Sawatch Energy Resource Center plays a vital role in bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and general public understanding of the issues surrounding the environment and energy. For K-12 students and educators, we are developing creative, hands-on curricula aimed at bringing science to life. For post-secondary education, we will provide opportunities to engage in the evolving science and technology driving our field. For community leaders and stakeholders, we will provide relevant, accessible and timely information—so that citizens can make informed choices about their local resources and needs. Finally, for members of the local workforce, we will provide job retraining tools to help more people move into the emerging green sector.
Methane Recovery Study
In partnership with SERC and Lake County Government, during the 2009-2010 academic year a team of senior engineering students from Colorado School of Mines will assess the possibility of capturing and utilizing methane gas at the Lake County Landfill. Their feasibility study will culminate with a recommendation to Lake County Government, including rough engineering plans and projections. Please return to this website throughout the year for updates on the students’ progress. Last year, this collaboration resulted in Mines’ students providing design engineered plans for the new Lake County Community Park in Leadville—a cost savings of approximately $50,000 for the project.
SERC will work closely with the Colorado Workforce Center of the Upper Arkansas Region, as well as the Colorado School of Mines Educational Outreach Program, to give local residents the new skills they need to compete for local technology jobs—and to connect them directly to the jobs created by SERC.