The Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) offers both standard and custom learning opportunities throughout the Northwest for energy and water industry practitioners – including an energy management certification program. NWEEI is located within the Institute for Sustainable Practices at Lane Community College.
Guided by a regional advisory board, NWEEI has provided energy efficiency training and development throughout the Northwest region since 1998. Participants have included technicians, contractors, engineers, architects, consultants, utility personnel, and energy managers.
The Energy Management Program offered through Lane Community College has ties back as far as 1980 when Alan Gubrud, a physics instructor, obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a curriculum that combined the principles of basic physics with energy analysis techniques. Students gained a working understanding of energy systems in the built environment and the tools to analyze and quantify energy efficiency efforts. The program began with an emphasis in residential energy efficiency / general solar energy systems and has evolved to include technician level commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy system installation and water conservation skillsets.
For over 30 years, the organization has successfully provided significant opportunities to train professional technicians who can immediately contribute to energy and cost savings in their own communities and was the first college in the nation to offer a degree in energy management. The Energy Management Program was named 2002/03 Innovation of the Year by the League for Innovation and received the Award of Recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Education in 1983.
NWEEI offers the following energy training at your facility or one of our partnership locations:
NWEEI has a partnership training program that includes facilitating, coordinating, and marketing of joint ventures to insure that our customers receive the latest in energy efficiency education. We currently participate in partnership training with: Building Operators Certification, and NWPPA (Northwest Public Power Association).
Please contact us for assistance with creating regional, national, and international customized training and programs.