Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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The Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) at Lane Community College provides degrees in the energy and water industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Online - Energy Management Degree

Evaluate, analyze and reduce energy use
Scholarships Available

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Online - Building Controls Technician Degree

Control the systems that make buildings smart
Scholarships Available

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Online - Water Conservation Technician Degree

Design & implement effective water use/reuse
Scholarships Available   

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Take the next step toward a new career in energy efficiency or water conservation

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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

Congress Extends Tax Credits but OK's Crude Oil Exports

Multiyear Investment Tax Credit Extension Added To Federal Spending Bill

Originally Published on SolarIndustryMag.com: December 16, 2015

On Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives included a five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC) in an omnibus bill that will likely be finalized and taken up by the full House by the end of this week.

The implications of this development could be huge for the U.S. solar market, which was staring down a sunset of the wildly successful ITC at the end of 2016. The 30% tax credit has been instrumental in driving growth in the solar industry, and stakeholders have been fearful of what might happen to the market if the ITC is allowed to lapse next year.

The path of the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill is uncertain, but some observers contend that there is reason to be optimistic.

Read the Full Story Here: http://www.solarindustrymag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.15954

Download an Archived Copy: pdfSolarIndustryMag_solarTaxCredit.pdf12/16/2015

Ground Water in the Media - 60 Minutes!!

Ground Water Issues are Making it to Prime-time Television!

If Katie Curic or the article from Bloomberg didn’t move you, maybe this piece shown on60 Minutes this past Sunday, May 31, 2015 will. We are depleting our surface water and are turning to ground water as our default which is a serious move. This 60 Minutes clip demonstrates just how serious the situation has become. Oh, and there are now 15 Oregon counties that have been declared as Emergency Water Drought counties – did I say these are in Oregon?

http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/mzVpS5DD3Eg7YXpYZHPGpAqZB6rDWLa3/water/

NWEEI to Offer Online Classes

Things are changing a bit at the Lane Community College Energy Management Program.

Beginning spring term 2015, the Energy Management Program will be piloting a couple of online classes because we have finally figured out how to conduct remote labs for individual online students and we've removed the Pre and Co-requisites.

The Program will pilot Residential Energy Analysis this spring and Lighting Fundamentals this summer. Because they are pilots, student enrollment will be limited to the US western region so we don't need to deal with time zones while perfecting our course delivery and remote labs. We hope to move to a national platform in 2016. The intent is to offer the entire Energy Management Program (energy efficiency option) online.


The program encourages individuals who are interested in being part of our pilot to please go to:https://crater.lanecc.edu/banp/zwsktsc2.P_DispGroupSchd?chunk_in=C3500&term_in=201610
....to register. Help your program revolutionize Career / Technical Education at Community Colleges and Save the Human Race!!

Energy / Water Nexus - Who Knew? We did!

The Water Crisis in California and now in seven counties in Oregon (Crook, Harney, Klamath, Malheur, Lake, Baker, and Wheeler) is a bigger deal than just lawn watering or car washing restrictions. Most folks are unaware of the tight interconnections between energy and water. The following is a great Bloomberg article that simply explains why energy needs water and water needs energy. And now you know why we started a Water Conservation Technician program.

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33035986-78/energy-needs-water-vice-versa.html.csp

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