This program has been retired (spring 2013) and is no longer offered through NWEEI due to job placement results not matching the anticipated job market.
The RCM sector is currently showing exponential growth. Regional utilities are developing significant programs that will require qualified graduates to be employed by school districts, higher education, and city and state agencies to help control their waste throughput. The US military has increased posted positions for Resource Efficiency Managers and Better Bricks, the education department of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance has asked to join forces with the Energy Program to develop RCM coursework.
(subject to change)
The first year of classes will be shared with the core Energy Management courses. Additional courses have been recommended by our industry advisory committee.
NRG 171 - Materials Management / Solid Waste Management
This course will focus on materials procurement, materials disposal, the supply chain, and material acquisition waste avoidance. Students will be presented various examples of supply chains and how to establish a sustainable procurement program for an organization. Students will learn how to work with vendors to get the information needed to make responsible procurement decisions and then how to prioritize procurement decisions. Waste avoidance and the zero waste concept will be discussed in detail focusing on product stewardship and take-back programs. Field Trips will be part of the curriculum.
NRG 172 - Understanding the LEED Framework and Green Buildings
LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the US Green Building Council. LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. This framework helps define "Green Building" by establishing a common standard of measurement. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. This course will fully investigate the LEED Framework
NRG 173 - Carbon Footprints for Climate Action in Complex Organizations (GHG/Carbon Footprint)
Understanding Climate Science from a practitioner’s perspective is a component of this course as is Climate Policy Overview, including the Climate Registry, potential national legislation, and understanding cap and trade. Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory, setting boundaries, data collection, tools and protocols, making calculations, and reporting results will be learned. Developing a climate action strategy and how to prioritize actions will be important outcomes to this course.
NRG 174 - Conducting a Full Sustainability Assessment
Conducting a sustainability assessment requires research into appropriate indicators and benchmarks for the specific building or organizational end-use. This course will discuss how to select indicators and benchmarks, evaluate them and how to report findings. The course will concentrate on setting goals for performance, selecting and making appropriate calculations and then accurately reporting performance.
WATR 202 - Fostering Sustainable Practices