Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
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Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a business association of the energy efficiency industry. NEEC’s mission is to promote policies and programs that enhance market opportunities for energy efficiency.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council is a non-profit trade association of the energy efficiency industry. NEEC member companies provide energy efficiency products and services and assist in the development and implementation of energy efficiency programs. NEEC advocates an affordable, energy efficient future for commercial, industrial and residential customers by:

  • Promoting energy efficient products and services as the cleanest and lowest cost energy resource;
  • Serving as the voice of the industry in state and local program and policy issues;
  • Providing members with the most up-to-date information within the industry.
  • Members include energy service companies, engineering and design firms, equipment sales companies, policy consultants, and energy efficiency program designers, managers, evaluators, etc.

NEEC Programs

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Smart Buildings Center Taking building energy efficiency to the next level. At Smart Buildings Center we’re exploring new energy data analytics and visualization techniques to advance energy efficiency.

website: http://www.neec.net/

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. They believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people. ACEEE carries out its mission by:

  • Conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses

  • Advising policymakers and program managers

  • Working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations

  • Convening conferences and workshops, primarily for energy efficiency professionals

  • Assisting and encouraging traditional and new media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues

  • Educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites

ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then they have grown to a staff of about 50. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. ACEEE focuses on these program areas:

ACEEE’s thorough and peer-reviewed technical work is widely relied on by policymakers, business and industry decision-makers, consumers, media, and other energy professionals. Recently, ACEEE's efforts have clearly identified what is becoming know as, 'the energy-water nexus". In simple terms, every drop of water saved in the U.S. saves energy, and every unit of energy saved saves water.

For the past 30 years, strategies to conserve energy and increase the efficiency of energy use have been widely pursued. Similar efforts in the conservation and efficient use of water have occurred over the past 20-plus years. However, the two communities have historically not worked together in a coherent, collaborative manner, and instead generally created separate but parallel efforts. These separate activities could realize significant benefits from coordination.

Website: http://www.aceee.org

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

One more very important Organization is the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). IREC is managed by Executive Director Jane Weissman. Jane works tirelessly to make sure that the world is informed about the benefits of renewable energy, that if you need to know where in the states renewables are happening you can find out, if you are searching for a job you can fine one - all on the IEREC website.

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.