The Strategic Plan to achieve this vision includes research, education, workforce development, and policy initiatives. Implementing this Strategic Plan for the CGTC will position UVI as a valuable resource for the USVI and the Caribbean as a whole in developing a continuum toward energy and environmental sustainability.

Education and Outreach: The Education Committee will provide assistance with curriculum development and training teachers in RE at the K-12 level. Specifically the Committee will focus on:

  1. Identifying and facilitate opportunities for those working on Center projects to engage with K-12 schools, colleges and universities;
  2. Focusing on career awareness and opportunities in the fields of interest to the center;
  3. Developing activities that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, and the development of programs that create an understanding and appreciation for sustainability and behaviors that support sustainability.

Research: The Research Committee will be a hub for collaborative research on energy-related materials on both micro and macro scale in the Caribbean. Specifically the Committee will focus on:

  1. Preparing and characterize nanomaterial’s and devices with enhanced electronic and optical properties for our energy needs;
  2. Investigating catalytic materials and processes at the nanoscale to address energy and environmental challenges;
  3. Pursuing computational research in order to help guide experimentation.

Policy: The Energy Policy Committee will support the CGTC with growing and demonstrating its knowledge and leadership in energy and sustainability policy. Specifically the Committee will focus on:

  1. Building knowledge within the University of the Virgin Islands community;
  2. Supporting sustainable energy policymaking in the Virgin Islands;
  3. Forming collaborative relationships with other Caribbean organizations; and
  4. Positioning CGTC as a regional leader in energy and sustainability policy support, research, and education.

Workfore Development: The Workforse Development Comittee is actively engaged in the following areas:

  1. Exploring academic partnership in the area of alternate or renewable energy systems
  2. Planning activities related to academic partnership, e.g. for certificate and degree programs
  3. Evaluating options for designing and conducting workforce training programs in the area of renewable energy systems, including design and set-up of stationary and portable training centers for solar PV technologies