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William Roeder - Environmental Studies

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William Roeder

KC 218
Tuesday & Wednesday 11:30 AM -12:30 PM or by 15 minute appointment


Course Syllabi


ES 1- Intro to Environmental Studies; ESCI 1- Intro to Environmental Science; Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Sustainable Buildings, Solar and Renewable Energy, Energy Management, Student Mentorship, Student Internships, Entrepreneurship
BS Business Administration (Marketing), California State University Chico; AA - Energy Management and Climate Policy, De Anza College
OVERVIEW: I have been a part time instructor at De Anza College since 2010. In addition to teaching ES 1- Intro to Environmental Studies and ESCI 1- Intro to Environmental Science classes, I am the Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Energy Management and Building Science Program. I just submitted 10 new Energy Management classes for approval to the Curriculum Committee in June 2015 to broaden our educational offerings and to position Energy Management and Building Science students for emerging green energy and clean tech jobs and careers in Santa Clara County and throughout the State of California. I have also proposed adding a Certificate of Achievement -Advanced and AS Degree to our program.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: I strive to make my ES 1 and ESCI 1 classes engaging and interactive. I want every one of my students to be successful. I meet my students halfway and make it easy for them to feel comfortable and participate while learning about the ecosystem and the environmental issues we face today and will face in the future. My classes educate and increase awareness while being fun at the same time. I have found that students prefer interactive conversation about the subject matter over one way lectures and long videos.

In exit surveys of my GE classes last academic year, 95 % of my students said they learned more than they thought they would when they registered for the class and 90% looked forward to coming to class each day- even at 8:30 or 9:30 in the morning!

ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: I work hard on providing real life experiences, internships and hands on opportunities for Energy Management students to learn about the industry and the technologies associated with the green collar economy. I am always looking to bring instructors into our program who are not only subject matter experts in their fields, but can also offer our students internship and job opportunities as part of their educational learning experience. Our department focus is on classroom education, hands on laboratory work and actual job related experiences that make our students leading career candidates in the growing clean energy and renewable energy markets upon completion of our program.

BACKGROUND: In addition to teaching, I am the co- founder and VP of Marketing for a utility scale solar energy start up company. Prior to 2010, I spent 28 years in Product and Channel Marketing and Sales Management at four different Silicon Valley Electronics companies. My experience raising two adult children who learn differently allow me to relate to the diverse educational needs of today's students. I enjoy teaching, mentoring and working with all students to assist them in finding and following their true passion personally and professionally. I take a dedicated and involved interest in helping my students be successful.
Fall 2015
CRN Course Title Time Days Location
22351 E S-001.-06 Introduction to Environmental Studies 09:30 AM-11:20 AM MW KC112
23110 E S-076.-62Z Energy Star Products TBA TBA ONLINE
23111 E S-078.-62Z Energy Management Systems and Controls TBA TBA ONLINE
23113 E S-079.-62Z Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems TBA TBA ONLINE
23308 E S-095B-55 Environmental Studies Internship 02:30 PM-07:50 PM TTh ESA
00694 ESCI-001.-01 Environmental Science 09:30 AM-11:20 AM TTh KC115
Summer 2015
CRN Course Title Time Days Location
10659 E S-076A-61Z Solar Thermal Systems TBA TBA ONLINE
10660 E S-078.-61Z Energy Management Systems and Controls TBA TBA ONLINE
10661 E S-079.-61Z Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems TBA TBA ONLINE

Syllabi are in downloadable Adobe PDF icon PDFs. Check with instructor if there is no syllabi listed or for most current term information.


Last Updated: 10/7/15