National Lutheran News

Dana College campus to find new life as renewable institute

The Omaha World-Herald reported in its Sunday, March 11, edition a tentative purchase agreement for the Dana College campus in Blair, Nebraska. Dana College was a church college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America until it closed in 2010.

Vermont native Allan E. Baer has agreed to a purchase price of $5.9 million for the campus and its facilities. Baer expects to raise more than $10 million additionally to renovate the buildings on the campus. He said that half of the buildings will be retrofitted with new windows and materials to increase heating and air conditioning efficiency

Baer will launch the Renewable Nations Institute at Dana College, which he believes will be a national energy-efficiency institute serving students and producing programming for syndication.

According to the World-Herald, the institute will offer classes year-round; it will take two years to complete a degree in fields such as energy and environmental economics, clean energy technologies, environmental impact studies, and geospatial mapping.

Baer believes that demand for increased energy efficiency will grow, especially because the U.S. Department of Energy has established a goal of reducing energy consumption by 25 percent by 2017.

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