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  • icon 2017 Summer Energy Educator Series (SEES)

Join fellow energy educators in a 5-day workshop on Energy Efficiency, Energy Management and Building Science education. This opportunity is offered through a grant from the National Science Foundation Center For Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) Support Center and is for any community college educator who is interested in developing energy efficiency related coursework or an energy management program.

Workshop will be held in Eugene, Oregon at Lane Community College June 26-30, 2017.
Cost to attend (including travel) is free to those that apply and qualify.

View the brochure (PDF) | View the application (PDF)
or Complete your online application now.

For Additional Information, Contact:
Dr. Kenneth A. Walz  |    |  Office: (608) 246-6521 (Central Timezone)
or Roger Ebbage |   |  Office: (541) 463-6160 (Pacific Timezone)

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2017 Summer Energy Educator Series (SEES)

Join fellow energy educators in a 5-day workshop on Energy Efficiency, Energy Management and Building Science education. This opportunity is offered through a grant from the National Science Foundation Center For Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) Support Center and is for any community college educator who is interested in developing energy efficiency related coursework or an energy management program.

Workshop will be held in Eugene, Oregon at Lane Community College June 26-30, 2017.
Cost to attend (including travel) is free to those that apply and qualify.

View the brochure (PDF) | View the application (PDF)
or Complete your online application now.

For Additional Information, Contact:
Dr. Kenneth A. Walz  |    |  Office: (608) 246-6521 (Central Timezone)
or Roger Ebbage |   |  Office: (541) 463-6160 (Pacific Timezone)

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2017-02-14
BOC Level I

Building Operator Certification - Pendleton Classes filling, Register today! :

Our October class has filled and now we're preparing to bring the BOC to NE Oregon. Please call for more information on Level 1 training in Pendleton and keep your eyes on the schedule below for the latest updates! Stand by for more news as we work to schedule Level 1 classes around Oregon in 2017. Call for more information! Please refer to Course Schedule

  • Pendleton Level 1 - Starts March 8 & 9, 2017!
  • Medford Level 1 - Spring 2017!
  • Portland Level 1 - September 2017!
  • Portland Level 2 - Summer 2017!

Please see Course Schedule for further information. Please visit www.theboc.info for course details, or call Erik Westerholm toll free at 877-447-4544 for more information! Register soon to reserve your space!

Some Energy Trust of Oregon incentive funding is available to qualified participants, and discounts available for BOMA/IFMA/OSHE/OSFMA members. 

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2017-01-26
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BOC Level II

Building Operator Certification Level II - 2017

To get information on the next available Level 2 courses, please refer to Course Schedule or contact Erik Westerholm @ 541-463-6170.

Level II BOC builds on the achievements of Level I Certification. 

Seven class days cover the following six topics: Preventative Maintenance & Operations, Advanced Electrical Diagnostics, HVAC Troubleshooting & Maintenance, HVAC Controls & Optimization, Motors in Facilities, and Building Commissioning. Special pricing available for OSHE, CRHEA, BOMA, and IFMA members. Some incentive funding available. Find detailed course descriptions here. Check our updated schedule or call Erik @ 541-463-6170 for further details. 

 

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2016-09-06
Clean Energy and the Farm Bill

The Agricultural Act of 2014 includes language to create the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service. The agreement provides funding for RESP at $75 million per year over five years. RESP will provide zero percent loans to rural electric cooperatives for the purpose of relending the funds to co-op members to make energy efficiency improvements (such as air sealing, duct repair, HVAC upgrades, insulation improvements...). RESP will support "on-bill financing" programs, in which energy efficiency loans are repaid through the beneficiary’s electric bill.

Read the Full Article Here: http://www.eesi.org/victory-clean-energy-farm-bill-15-feb-2014

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2016-06-02
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Free Webinar - Allies for Efficiency: Daimler Trucks North America

As part of the Allies for Efficiency Training Series supported by EnergyTrust, New Buildings of Oregon, we are happy to participate in a webinar highlighting Daimler Trucks North America new 265,000 square foot high-performance office building.

This Class A office building is filled with sustainable features and systems including natural and directional LED lighting, radiant heating and cooling, dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery, solar hot water and photovoltaic solar panels. Daimler started the building design process by setting high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals in the request for proposal, RFP, requiring LEED Platinum certification and 10 percent or more of the onsite energy to be from renewable energy systems.

Professionals taking this training in Portland are eligible for 2.5 AIA LU/HSW continuing education credits, and those attending at remote locations are eligible for 1.5 AIA LU/HSW continuing education credits.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Presentation 2:30-4:00 p.m.

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2016-12-21
New Study Outlines Plan for 26% CO2 Reduction with No Net Cost to the Economy

Originally Published on ACEEE: April 30, 2014
Patrick Kiker, 202-507-4043, Communications Associate

Washington, D.C.—A new study by ACEEE outlines how energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy. The standard, currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and likely to be released in early June, would set a CO2 emissions limit for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

The study shows how the Environmental Protection Agency could use four common energy efficiency policies to set a carbon pollution standard that reduces emissions to 26% below 2012 levels. In 2030, these policies would save 600 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, save over 925 million MWh of electricity, reduce electricity demand by 25%, and avoid the need for 494 power plants.

“If the Environmental Protection Agency is looking for a way to cheaply cut carbon pollution and boost the economy while giving states the freedom to use their energy resources, energy efficiency is the answer,” said ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel.

 

Read the Full Story Here: http://www.aceee.org/press/2014/04/new-study-outlines-plan

Download the Study: pdfchange-is-in-the-air_e1401.pdf05/01/2014

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2016-06-02
Limited BOC Scholarships

Energy Trust of Oregon Provides Scholarships for BOC.

Energy Trust of Oregon and Northwest Energy Education Institute are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of $600 scholarships for BOC students working in facilities served by the following utilities: PGE, PacifiCorp., or NW Natural.

These scholarships are made available through the generous support of The Energy Trust of Oregon. Requirements include attending all classes, completing all requirements of the course, and applying for and receiving certification in a timely manner.

Please call or email Erik Westerholm at (541)463-6170 or for details.

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2015-03-24
LCC's new Downtown Campus seen as catalyst for development

Originally Published in EWEB's Commercial Newsletter EWEB: April 2014

thumbnail photo of downtown campusA landmark project for education, business and the Eugene community that was four years in the making is now complete. The Lane Community College Downtown Campus features two connected buildings, including one that has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, and another that’s certified LEED Gold. Read more about the project, its intent to teach the community about the latest energy efficient technologies and how it’s on track to be the most efficient academic building in the United States. Plus its a fantastic traning facility for the Energy Management Program's Building Controls degree option.

Read the Full Story Here: pdfEfficiency by Design LCC Downtown Campus05/01/2014

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2014-09-24
Water's Everywhere. Why get a degree in Water Conservation?

Global majority faces water shortages 'within two generations'

By Fiona Harvey
Originally Published on The Guardian: Friday, May 24, 2013

"The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as climate change, pollution and over-use of resources take their toll, 500 scientists have warned."

Experts call on governments to start conserving water in face of climate change, pollution and over-use

The world's water systems would soon reach a tipping point that "could trigger irreversible change with potentially catastrophic consequences", more than 500 water experts warned on Friday as they called on governments to start conserving the vital resource. They said it was wrong to see fresh water as an endlessly renewable resource because, in many cases, people are pumping out water from underground sources at such a rate that it will not be restored within several lifetimes.

Interested in learning more?
View the entire article (pdf below) or check out our Water Conservation degree that provides individuals the skills to generate better solutions for our impending water issues.

pdfGlobal_majority_faces_water_shortages_theguardian.pdf05/28/2013

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2014-05-01
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National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Awarded

nsflogo-medLane Community College (LCC) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund an Independent Learner Energy Education Design (iLEED) project led by LCC's Energy and Water Education Programs Coordinator, Roger Ebbage. Over the next 3 years, the $618,881 grant will focus on providing community college students with opportunities to learn about energy management through online classes, developing hands on skills with “real world” field projects and cultivating potential employment connections with Northwest public utilities mentors.

iLEED introduces a new method of career technical educational content delivery which enables energy efficiency education to be available for a wider population geographicly. It produces highly-qualified energy management technicians to our region’s commercial building sector and provides access to high-wage, high-skill jobs to students in rural areas, or students who are not able to attend “traditional” classes.

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2016-08-10
Siemens interested in graduates from LCC Energy Management program

​Originionally published By Joan Aschim Wednesday, June 22, 2016

people sitting around tableEUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College is working with Siemens, one of the world’s largest engineering companies, in support of its Energy Management Program. The program includes a building automation systems option, which helps better prepare students for careers in the building technologies industry.

Siemens has a significant need for qualified building technologies personnel and is working with Lane to create a process of identifying students with a knowledge of building controls for possible positions in its Oregon offices.

Entire article: pdfnr2040-Newsroom-LaneCC.pdf
Original article Link: https://www.lanecc.edu/newsroom/n/nr2040

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2016-08-10
Clean Tech for Buildings Takes Root
Originionally published By Matthew Dembicki January 25, 2016

​NEW ORLEANS — New buildings at community colleges provide fertile ground for campuses to not only integrate technology to save energy and money, they also provide hands-on learning experiences for students and instructors.

“Everyone is building now to LEED-standard buildings,” said Roger Ebbage, director of energy management and water conservation at Lane Community College’s (LCC) Institute for Sustainable Practices.

The Oregon college’s institute — dubbed the “building that teaches” —  provides the latest in technology, from natural ventilation to solar water heating, and it also allows for students and staff to test systems for efficiency. For example, the Institute for Sustainable Practices has multiple heating and cooling systems. Students can experiment to find the best combinations that produce the lowest carbon emissions and lowest utility costs.

Entire article: pdfClean_tech_for_buildings_takes_root.pdf02/10/2016
Original article Link: http://ccdaily.com/Pages/Sustainability/New-opportunities-in-clean-tech.aspx

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2016-02-10
Lane Sustainability Achievements Featured in Utility News

“Business Currents,” a newsletter published by the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), features an article titled “Lane Community College embodies sustainability” in its current issue. The article explains show Lane has used its Greenpower grants form EWEB to support energy efficiency and other sustainability on campus.

Lane Community College Embodies Sustainability

Original article Link: http://www.eweb.org/bc/march2015/lcc

bc LCCSince Lane Community College's founding 1964, the college has emerged over the past five decades as a leader in innovation in both its operations and its curriculum, including efforts to use energy wisely and sustainably. So when the Eugene Water & Electric Board offered a renewable energy program, it made good sense for the college to support the program.

"EWEB's Greenpower program aligns perfectly with the college's core values," said Anna Scott, Lane's energy analyst. "The college now pledges 12% of its energy use to EWEB Greenpower."

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2015-03-03
Bold Ideas Can Come From Anywhere
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Opportunities abound with every project. What prevents them is not seeing them. You have to see the opportunities, connect the dots and pursue with vigor.

By Jon Wiener, AIA
Originally Published on srgpartnership.com : October 24, 2014

What began as a dream to build a net zero energy building as a teaching tool for LCC’s prestigious energy management program converged with the City of Eugene’s desire to revitalize a struggling urban neighborhood. What resulted is a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Our integrated solution, joining education, urban planning, architecture, and engineering, has created a living/learning center, high performing educational laboratory, and $50 million in new urban development.

Entire article: pdfPartnership-Synergies_SRG_Partnership20141028.pdf10/28/2014
Original article Link: http://www.srgpartnership.com/blog/2014/10/partnership-and-synergies/

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2014-10-28
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Industry News

Presented below are several combined news-feeds from around the globe. News is continually updated on a regular basis so check back often and read the latest happenings in green energy, solar PV, building efficiency, water conservation plus more!!

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2015-12-16
What's New? 2014-01-16

SUMMER Energy Management Certification
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July 10th-21st 2017
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