Media Presence | 2013
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January
2013
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January 23, 2013
Oregon tops nation in new Clean Jobs Index | Christina Williams
A new nationwide index released th...
page 5
“We are very proud to introduce the Clean Jobs Index to the world. Its aggregate data offers incredible
insight int...
page 6
The index crunched the numbers of clean jobs by state. Researchers also looked at a variety of sustainability
facto...
page 7
January 25, 2013
Bloomberg On the Weekend Report and Bloomberg Ag and Energy Report
A story, which included Ecotech...
page 8
Ecotech offers associate degrees in renewable energy fields, such as wind energy technology, electrical
engineering...
page 9
January 28, 2013
Over 3 Million ‘Green’ Jobs Available in 2012 | Carin Hall
After nearly a year of
research, Ecotec...
page 10
January 28, 2013
Ecotech Institute launches ‘Clean Jobs Index’ | Melissa Hincha-Ownby
Ecotech Institute, a college...
February
2013
page 12
February 1, 2013
Jobs
Right now, there are well over a million Americans working in the clean and renewable energy...
page 13
February 20, 2013
Ecotech Institute’s jobs index sheds light on clean tech economy | Amanda H. Miller
There were m...
page 14
February 20, 2013
Clean Jobs Index Compares State Sustainability | Kathleen Zipp
After nearly a year of research, ...
page 15
“This tool is able to aggregate important factors that affect job potential, businesses, livability, politics and
...
page 16
February 22, 2013
$100,000 comes in handy for Aurora furniture maker | Bruce Goldberg
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March
2013
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March 13, 2013
Event Listing: Ecotech World Water Day Event
Ecotech Institute World Water Day
Exact location: Ecot...
page 20
This vision became a reality in April 2010 when Ecotech opened in a temporary facility in Aurora, Colorado.
In Jan...
page 21
Q: This is a multi-part question: Do all of your degree programs take two years to complete? What’s the cost
range...
page 22
March 19, 2013
3 million clean jobs in 2012
Clean Jobs
More than 3 million clean jobs were available across the
Un...
page 23
In celebration of World Water Day, the Ecotech Institute
will be hosting a free family-friendly event on Saturday,...
page 24
See-A drive down memory lane
Head to the Forney Museum of Transportation and check out the “From Wood to Vinyl” ex...
April
2013
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April 4, 2013
Ecotech Trains Energy Managers; Medieval Monastery Becomes Energy Training
Center | Linda Hardesty
A...
page 27
April 11, 2013
What Components Are In A Solar Energy System? | Kathleen Zipp
Changing sunlight into electricity, a...
page 28
April 29, 2013
Power Utility Technician Program Addresses Talent Gap | Kathleen Zipp
The Power Utility industry is...
page 29
April 15, 2013
Ecotech Institute Offers its First Free Online Course: “Introduction to Sustainability”
Anyone arou...
page 30
Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on sustainability-related job training, is now accepting
regi...
May
2013
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May 8, 2013
U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings Q1 2013
Ecotech Institute today released new data from its ...
page 33
Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of independent research
entities ...
page 34
States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas,
Washin...
page 35
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable
...
page 36
May 9, 2013
Oregon cleans up on latest Ecotech jobs report | Andy Giegerich
Oregon continues to outpace other stat...
page 37
The 8,000 solar jobs were just a fraction of the total
750,000 clean technology jobs posted nationally in
the firs...
page 38
May 15, 2013
Clean job index puts the spotlight on solar
The U.S. had nearly 750,000 clean job openings in the fir...
page 39
May 17, 2013
Iowa: Home of Green Jobs? | Joe Gardyasz
Iowa is ranked among the top five states in the country
for ...
page 40
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable
...
page 41
May 23, 2013
U.S. Job Market Bursting With Green Tech Opportunities | Beth Buczynski
We’ve come a long way since t...
page 42
May 23, 2013
Mapping The States That Lead In Green Jobs, LEED Buildings, And Energy Efficiency
Barack Obama may no...
page 43
This shows how states rank for their efforts on energy efficiency, using data from the American Council for an
Ene...
page 44
Take a look at the location of alternative fueling stations, including biodiesel, CNG, LNG, electric charging, and...
June
2013
page 46
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June 1, 2013
State of Green | Peter Barnes
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June 5, 2013
Global Wind Day celebrated with free kites in Aurora | Chrissy Morin
In conjunction with Global Wind ...
page 54
June 5, 2013
Ecotech Institute’s Power Utility Technician Program Addresses Growing Need For
Talent
The Power Util...
page 55
June 5, 2013
Facility Management Program Addresses Sustainability | Heidi Schwartz
Across America in small towns a...
page 56
Ecotech said its Clean Jobs Index revealed there have been 75,000 jobs posted across the U.S. so far this year
rel...
July
2013
page 58
Across the United States, the number of commercial and
residential solar installations is increasing. As the indus...
page 59
Properly training field technicians in sales allows them to build rapport with customers by answering their
techni...
page 60
page 61
July 1, 2013
Winergy Donates 20-Ton Gearbox to Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute recently received a large gearb...
page 62
Here are a few green job openings I found through the staffing firm Greenjobs. They include energy adviser for
Con...
August
2013
page 64
August 15, 2013
Setting or Rising?: Aurora’s solar biz | Brandon Johansson
General Electric’s $600-million solar p...
page 65
But a year after the announcement, the project seemed to be running into trouble. GE officials said in summer
2012...
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  1. 1. Media Presence | 2013
  2. 2. Table of Contents January................................................................................................ February............................................................................................... March................................................................................................... April...................................................................................................... May....................................................................................................... June...................................................................................................... July........................................................................................................ August.................................................................................................. September............................................................................................ October................................................................................................. November............................................................................................. December............................................................................................. page 4 to 10 page 12 to 17 page 19 to 24 page 26 to 30 page 32 to 44 page 46 to 56 page 58 to 62 page 64 to 68 page 70 to 72 page 74 and 75 page 77 to 92 page 94 to 101
  3. 3. January 2013
  4. 4. page 4 January 23, 2013 Oregon tops nation in new Clean Jobs Index | Christina Williams A new nationwide index released this week by Ecotech Institute, a recently formed college focused on renewable energy and sustainability job training, shows Oregon leads the nation when it comes to so-called “clean” jobs. The Clean Jobs Index aggregated data about clean and green jobs and found that there were more than 3 million available nationwide last year. The bulk of those jobs exist in Oregon with Washington coming in second for density of clean gigs. Minnesota ranks third. January 23, 2013 Ecotech Institute reveals Job Index; more than three million clean jobs available across the U.S. in 2012 On January 23rd, 2013, Ecotech Institute (Denver, Colorado, U.S.), which focuses on training students for renewable energy jobs, announced that it has launched the first-ever Clean Jobs Index, aggregating all the available clean jobs in the United States. The national index shows that there were more than three million clean jobs available across the U.S. in 2012. The index breaks down clean jobs by state, with links to local jobs listings. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the index also looks at a variety of sustainability factors that affect citizens’ lifestyles, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives.
  5. 5. page 5 “We are very proud to introduce the Clean Jobs Index to the world. Its aggregate data offers incredible insight into how each state is performing in areas of tremendous importance,” Ecotech Institute’s Director of Sustainability Kyle Crider stated. Oregon is leading the Clean Jobs Index According to the index, Oregon is the number one state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, while California ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents. Alaska is number one for clean jobs per 100,000 residents. Ecotech Institute initiated and produced the Clean Jobs Index using a wide variety of external resources. It gathered data from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. Monthly updates The institute notes that it will update the sustainability factors of the index data on a quarterly and annual basis and monthly as new jobs are posted for hiring. “The possibilities for the index’s use are infinite. We recommend that state leaders reference the data when policy is initiated, when companies are looking to build or improve operations, and especially when people are looking for jobs,” Kyle Crider adds. January 23, 2013 Oregon tops nation in new Clean Jobs Index | Christina Williams A new nationwide index released this week by Ecotech Institute, a recently formed college focused on renewable energy and sustainability job training, shows Oregon leads the nation when it comes to so-called “clean” jobs. The Clean Jobs Index aggregated data about clean and green jobs and found that there were more than 3 million available nationwide last year. The bulk of those jobs exist in Oregon with Washington coming in second for density of clean gigs. Minnesota ranks third. The index used the definition of green jobs established by the U.S. Department of Labor. That is: • Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. • Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
  6. 6. page 6 The index crunched the numbers of clean jobs by state. Researchers also looked at a variety of sustainability factors that affect citizens’ lifestyles, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. In addition to crowning Oregon as king of the clean jobs, the index provides the following honorable mentions: • Alaska is No. 1 for clean jobs per 100,000 residents. • Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy by renewables at 85 percent. • Minnesota is number one for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives. • California ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents. • Massachusetts ranks highest for energy efficiency. • Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net metering energy per capita — meaning the most customers receiving credit for the energy they generate at home. A ranking of green jobs by the Economic Policy Institute released last October found that Oregon ranked No. 5 in the nation for green jobs. The Ecotech Institute was launched in Denver in 2010. January 24, 2013 New Resource Maps U.S. Clean Energy Jobs Where are the clean energy jobs? A new resource launched by the Ecotech Institute - a college focused entirely on preparing the U.S. workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability - aggregates all of the available clean energy jobs in the U.S. According to the new resource, called the Clean Jobs Index, there were more than 3 million clean energy jobs available across the U.S. in 2012. The index breaks down clean energy jobs by state, with links to local job listings. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the index also looks at a variety of sustainability factors that affect citizens’ lifestyles, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index include the following (data updated Jan. 15, 2013): • The number of clean energy jobs in the U.S. is 3,014,785; • Oregon is the No. 1 state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, taking all factors into account; • Alaska is the No. 1 state for clean energy jobs per 100,000 residents; • Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy from renewables, at 85%; • Minnesota is ranked No. 1 for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives; • California ranks the lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents; • Massachusetts ranks the highest for energy efficiency; • Maryland has the highest number of LEED projects per capita; and • Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net-metering energy per capita. The Clean Jobs Index can be accessed here.
  7. 7. page 7 January 25, 2013 Bloomberg On the Weekend Report and Bloomberg Ag and Energy Report A story, which included Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index was included on these two shows and syndicated to more than 40 TV stations across the country. Full videos available on the DVD at the back of the clipbook. January 28, 2013 California and Texas led the way in creating 3 million clean jobs in 2012 | Mark Jaffe There were 3 million “clean job” openings in 2012 with California, Texas and New York State leading the way, according to a new jobs index created by Aurora, Colorado-based Ecotech Institute. The Clean Jobs Index uses the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics definition of a green job as one that is either in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. It also tracks policies such as requirements for utilities to use renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that help generate green jobs. Using that definition, Ecotech then took this definition and used data from Burning Glass International, the national career consultant to create the Clean Jobs Index list of available positions.
  8. 8. page 8 Ecotech offers associate degrees in renewable energy fields, such as wind energy technology, electrical engineering and energy efficiency. The index was initially started to help Ecotech students find jobs, but the school said it saw the index, which will be kept current, as a broader tool. California had 374,276 green job postings in 2012, followed by Texas with 241,253. The most energy efficiency states were Massachusetts and California, according to the index. Colorado ranked 14th in energy efficiency. So here are some of the rankings the index is generating: Top five states for clean jobs in 2012: 1. California 2. Texas 3. New York 4. Illinois 5. Michigan Per Capita in 2012: 1. Alaska 2. North Dakota 3. Iowa 4. Delaware 5. Massachusetts Top five states for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives: 1. Minnesota 2. California 3. Oregon/Washington (tie) 4. Texas 5. Indiana Top five states for energy efficiency: 1. Massachusetts 2. California 3. New York 4. Oregon 5. Vermont States that use the least amount of energy: 1. California 2. New York 3. Florida 4. Texas 5. Pennsylvania
  9. 9. page 9 January 28, 2013 Over 3 Million ‘Green’ Jobs Available in 2012 | Carin Hall After nearly a year of research, Ecotech finds that there were more than three million “clean jobs” available in 2012, according to its first-ever “Clean Jobs Index.” “We are very proud to introduce the Clean Jobs Index to the world. Its aggregate data offers incredible insight into how each state is performing in areas of tremendous importance,” Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s director of sustainability, said in a statement. “The possibilities for the Index’s use are infinite. We recommend that state leaders reference the data when policy is initiated, when companies are looking to build or improve operations, and especially when people are looking for jobs.” Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for renewable energy jobs, initiated and produced the index using a wide variety of external resources, and will update the sustainability factors of the Index data on a quarterly and annual basis (depending on when new data is released) and monthly as new jobs are posted for hiring. Jobs that fall under “green jobs” are defined by the US Department of Labor—Bureau of Labor Statistics as either: (1) Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or (2) jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index as of January 15, 2013 include: • Number of Clean Jobs in the U.S.: 3,014,785 • Oregon is the number one state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, taking all factors into account. • Alaska is number one for clean jobs per 100,000 residents. • Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy by renewables at 85 percent. • Minnesota is number one for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives. • California ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents. • Massachusetts ranks highest for energy efficiency. • Maryland has the highest number of LEED projects per capita. • Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net metering energy per capita.
  10. 10. page 10 January 28, 2013 Ecotech Institute launches ‘Clean Jobs Index’ | Melissa Hincha-Ownby Ecotech Institute, a college dedicated to training today’s students for the renewable energy and sustainability jobs of the future, launched the ‘Clean Jobs Index.’ The Index aggregates clean jobs data from a variety of source including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE.) After gathering the data, each state was given a ‘Clean Jobs Index’ number. The value was derived by assessing the state’s clean energy economy in four key areas: jobs, clean jobs indicators, renewable energy portfolio and financial incentives. Each category starts at a 25 percent weight but if one category has strong numbers, it is weighted more heavily. Oregon came out on top with the highest Clean Jobs Index – 2.57. Both the Oregon clean jobs indicators and renewable energy portfolio figures were weighted at 30.8 percent while jobs and financial incentives were weighted slightly less than the beginning value, 19.2 percent each. At the opposite end of the spectrum is West Virginia, with a Clean Jobs Index of .2. The state’s only contributing score was in the clean jobs indicators category. Seeing the huge discrepancy between the two scores sent me looking for an answer. I found it in the site’s FAQs: “Why do some states perform so much better than others? - In order to perform well in our ranking system, a state must have clean energy incentives, infrastructure, and practices. They must also have actual clean energy jobs. Not all states excel in all of these areas, but we believe they are all critical to a sustainable clean lifestyle.” West Virginia, which I immediately associate with the coal industry, is probably not going out of its way to support renewables and so this low ranking makes sense. In addition to the state-by-state ranking, the Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index also includes several other green economy highlights including: • Number of Clean Jobs in the U.S.: 3,014,785 • Alaska: Number one for clean jobs per 100,000 residents • Idaho: Generates the highest percentage of energy by renewables at 85 percent • Minnesota: Number one for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives • California: Ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents • Massachusetts: Ranks highest for energy efficiency For more information or to see how your state ranked, visit the Clean Jobs Index website.
  11. 11. February 2013
  12. 12. page 12 February 1, 2013 Jobs Right now, there are well over a million Americans working in the clean and renewable energy industry. Whether they are construction workers building a solar plant, auto workers assembling a hybrid vehicle, manufacturing plant workers turning out hydropower components, electricians wiring a LEED-certified building, or entrepreneurial veterans bringing ideas from the battlefield to the homefront – they are real Americans doing real jobs. And their numbers are growing. Key Stats • 110,000: New clean energy jobs announced in 2012. California was the top state for new green jobs, with North Carolina a close second. • 720,000: Number of jobs created by the clean energy provisions in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act • 2.7 million: Number of Americans employed by the clean energy industry. • 46,000: Total number of U.S. jobs associated with new clean energy projects announced in Q1 2012. • 661,000: Number of jobs supported by the growing green building sector – one-third of the U.S. design and construction workforce. • 401,600: Number of American jobs supported by the ethanol industry in 2011. • 155,000: Americans employed by suppliers of clean and efficient vehicle components in 2011. • 43,000 to 66,000: Number of jobs in the manufacturing and associated supply-chain sectors supported every year by the DOE Section 1603 program from 2009-2011. • 200,000: Minimum number of workers in the U.S. hydropower industry. • 75,000: Total employees in the US wind industry in 2011. • 119,016: Total workers in the US solar energy industry • 7,000: Number of jobs in the waste-to-energy industry in the United States. • 52,000 to 75,000: Number of construction- and installation-related jobs (direct and indirect) supported every year by the DOE Section 1603 program from 2009-2011. • 130,000 to 250,000: Full-time renewable energy jobs to be supported each year by investment in elec- tricity transmission infrastructure through 2030. • 8 million: Number of workers in the green building industry by 2013, including construction managers, carpenters, electricians, architects, truck drivers and cost estimators. • 10,000 to 20,000: Number of jobs created for every billion gallons of ethanol produced. • 209: Number of ethanol biorefineries in the U.S., across 29 states, supporting more than 90,000 direct jobs. • 15,500: Number of jobs supported by U.S. biomass industry, particularly in rural areas. • 25,000: Employees in the U.S. geothermal energy industry. • 2,000: Number of companies in the U.S. hydropower supply chain. • 30,000: Number of manufacturing workers in the wind industry. • 470: Number of new factories in the wind energy supply chain.
  13. 13. page 13 February 20, 2013 Ecotech Institute’s jobs index sheds light on clean tech economy | Amanda H. Miller There were more than 3 million green jobs available in the United States in 2012 just waiting to be filled with qualified candidates. That’s one key piece of information in the new Clean Jobs Index launched earlier this month by Ecotech Institute in Denver. “Ecotech Institute is the first and only college completely dedicated to the renewable energy and sustainability fields,” said Keri Burnett, spokeswoman for the college. She said that every time there was a new political discussion or scare in the public about the health of the clean tech economy, the school would get a lot of questions from students and potential students about their realistic job prospects upon graduation. The school primarily works with the solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind and other renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. “We would tell them we’re placing students in the field all the time,” Burnett said. “But we had to find some way to show people the jobs are out there.” That’s when the idea of the index was born. From there it expanded to become more than a jobs board, but an index of where in the country the clean jobs are concentrated and how lifestyle indicators in a particular state influence the number of green jobs there. “If people are more adept at being sustainable in nature, does that correlate with more jobs?” Burnett said. “In Colorado it does. In California and Oregon. That’s our hypothesis. Now we just have to see how it plays out.” The school is working with and aggregator who pulls from 17,000 different job sites and uses the Department of Labor Statistics “green jobs” definition to identify jobs that belong in the index. The index gives people useful information for planning their next career moves, whether it’s in solar energy or energy efficiency, said Kyle Crider, sustainability director for Ecotech. “It gives someone the ability to go in and say ‘this state looks promising for a number of reasons, but am I going to have a job there?’ and be able to see real opportunities,” Crider said. “that’s what makes this index unique.”
  14. 14. page 14 February 20, 2013 Clean Jobs Index Compares State Sustainability | Kathleen Zipp After nearly a year of research, Ecotech Institute has revealed what is says is the first-ever “Clean Jobs Index”, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were more than three million clean jobs available across the United States (3,014,785) in 2012. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state, with links to local jobs listings. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Index also looks at a variety of sustainability factors that affect citizens’ lifestyles, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for renewable energy jobs, initiated and produced the Clean Jobs Index using a wide variety of external resources. Ecotech will update the sustainability factors of the Index data on a quarterly and annual basis (depending on when new data is released) and monthly as new jobs are posted for hiring. To determine what jobs are deemed clean jobs, Ecotech used the “green jobs” definition from the U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which states that green jobs are either: (1) Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or (2) jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources (http://www.bls.gov/green/). Ecotech then took this definition and used data from Burning Glass International, whose patented job aggregation technology searches for job listings from more than 17,000 sources, to create the Clean Jobs Index list of available positions. “The Clean Jobs Index addresses the prevalence of clean jobs and takes a unique ranking approach to hot topics in the world of sustainability,” says Colin Coyne, Managing Principal, The Coyne Group and LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional. The index will have new jobs data and listings every month. Ecotech plans to comb the data and release reports on the health of the green economy quarterly. Burnett said she expects media, politicos and researchers to use the resource as much or even more than job seekers to get meaningful data.
  15. 15. page 15 “This tool is able to aggregate important factors that affect job potential, businesses, livability, politics and much more by using a methodology that is 100 percent objective and an interface that is clean, concise and practical.” Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index as of January 15, 2013 include: Number of Clean Jobs in the U.S. in 2012: 3,014,785 Oregon is the number one state for the entire Clean Jobs Index, taking all factors into account. Alaska is number one for clean jobs per 100,000 residents. Idaho generates the highest percentage of energy by renewables at 85 percent. Minnesota is number one for renewable energy and efficiency state incentives. California ranks lowest in energy usage per 100,000 residents. Massachusetts ranks highest for energy efficiency. Maryland has the highest number of LEED projects per capita. Hawaii has the highest number of customers on net metering energy per capita. Ecotech Institute gathered data from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. “We are very proud to introduce the Clean Jobs Index to the world. Its aggregate data offers incredible insight into how each state is performing in areas of tremendous importance,” says Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s director of sustainability. “The possibilities for the Index’s use are infinite. We recommend that state leaders reference the data when policy is initiated, when companies are looking to build or improve operations, and especially when people are looking for jobs.”
  16. 16. page 16 February 22, 2013 $100,000 comes in handy for Aurora furniture maker | Bruce Goldberg
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  19. 19. page 19 March 13, 2013 Event Listing: Ecotech World Water Day Event Ecotech Institute World Water Day Exact location: Ecotech Institute - 1400 S. Abilene, Aurora, CO 80012 Country: United States of America Event date (from): 23 Nov 2014 Event date (to): 23 Nov 2014 Event related to: World Water Day 2013 March 16, 2013 Interview with Ecotech Institute president Michael Seifert | Steve Porter Michael Seifert is president of Aurora-based Ecotech Institute, the nation’s first and only college focused entirely on jobs training in sustainability. Seifert brings more than 25 years of education management experience in a variety of capacities. Before joining Ecotech Institute, he was president of Kaplan College in San Diego for nine years. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions with ITT Technical Institute, Computer Tech, National Education Corporation, United Education & Software and Airco Educational Services. Ecotech Institute (www.ecotechinstitute.com) is a subsidiary of Alabama-based Education Corporation of America (ECA), which has school locations in 14 states. Q: Ecotech Institute was launched in Colorado in April 2010. How did that happen, and who were the primary players in getting the college up and running? A: In mid-2009, ECA began talking about the need for a school solely focused on training America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. They began to tap the brightest minds in sustainability to build a curriculum that could offer an applicable and holistic educational experience.
  20. 20. page 20 This vision became a reality in April 2010 when Ecotech opened in a temporary facility in Aurora, Colorado. In January 2011, Ecotech opened its permanent LEED-gold certified building, which today trains more than 500 students. With no other school in the country filling the demand for cleantech training, Ecotech Institute serves as an industry leader with a national board that continues to bring industry knowledge and innovation directly to the classroom. Q: Ecotech is focused on preparing students for jobs in renewable energy and sustainability and has so far graduated three classes. What feedback are you getting on their success rates in finding employment in their fields? A: We’ve had tremendous success in placing our graduates in their field. We have alumni working in 10 states at employers such as NextEra, M-I SWWACO, Tradesmen International and Gamesa. Q: This is a multi-part question: Do all of your degree programs take two years to complete? What’s the cost range for a degree? What’s the percentage of on-site versus online students? A: Yes, all of our degree programs are two-year programs, which are offered on-site at our campus in Aurora. At this time we do not offer online courses, although we definitely talk about it. Our tuition at Ecotech is $375 per credit hour, with programs requiring 48 to 96 credit hours in order to graduate. This is an inclusive figure that includes textbooks, which can often run into the hundreds of dollars per quarter at some colleges and universities. We also work closely with our students to help navigate how to finance attending school. Michael Seifert is president of Aurora-based Ecotech Institute, the nation’s first and only college focused entirely on jobs training in sustainability. Seifert brings more than 25 years of education management experience in a variety of capacities. Before joining Ecotech Institute, he was president of Kaplan College in San Diego for nine years. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions with ITT Technical Institute, Computer Tech, National Education Corporation, United Education & Software and Airco Educational Services. Ecotech Institute (www.ecotechinstitute.com) is a subsidiary of Alabama-based Education Corporation of America (ECA), which has school locations in 14 states. Q: Ecotech Institute was launched in Colorado in April 2010. How did that happen, and who were the primary players in getting the college up and running? A: In mid-2009, ECA began talking about the need for a school solely focused on training America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. They began to tap the brightest minds in sustainability to build a curriculum that could offer an applicable and holistic educational experience. This vision became a reality in April 2010 when Ecotech opened in a temporary facility in Aurora, Colorado. In January 2011, Ecotech opened its permanent LEED-gold certified building, which today trains more than 500 students. With no other school in the country filling the demand for cleantech training, Ecotech Institute serves as an industry leader with a national board that continues to bring industry knowledge and innovation directly to the classroom. Q: Ecotech is focused on preparing students for jobs in renewable energy and sustainability and has so far graduated three classes. What feedback are you getting on their success rates in finding employment in their fields? A: We’ve had tremendous success in placing our graduates in their field. We have alumni working in 10 states at employers such as NextEra, M-I SWWACO, Tradesmen International and Gamesa.
  21. 21. page 21 Q: This is a multi-part question: Do all of your degree programs take two years to complete? What’s the cost range for a degree? What’s the percentage of on-site versus online students? A:Yes, all of our degree programs are two-year programs, which are offered on-site at our campus in Aurora. At this time we do not offer online courses, although we definitely talk about it. Our tuition at Ecotech is $375 per credit hour, with programs requiring 48 to 96 credit hours in order to graduate. This is an inclusive figure that includes textbooks, which can often run into the hundreds of dollars per quarter at some colleges and universities. We also work closely with our students to help navigate how to finance attending school. Q: Tell me about Ecotech’s recently launched “Clean Jobs Index” as it relates to recruiting new students. A: Ecotech’s Clean Jobs Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local jobs listings. It also provides objective information on a variety of sustainability factors including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects and total energy consumption. This tool is for anyone looking for information on what clean jobs are available, as designated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and where they are located. It’s also helpful for anyone wanting to see how their state compares to other states in regards to sustainability; to research clean policies; and to get a general sense about what states are doing well and what states could use improvement when it comes to sustainability. The Index has a variety of uses; although people can learn more about Ecotech Institute through the site, the main reason for the Clean Jobs Index is to aggregate data on the available green jobs, which has become even more important now that government funding has been cut to the program that tracks U.S. green jobs. We all need to know this information. It’s been a fantastic tool and will only continue to grow! Q: Ecotech Institute is marking its third birthday next month. What would you say are its five biggest accomplishments in its first three years of existence? A: The first would be our graduates. We held our first graduation in June 2012 and it was such an exciting day. Those initial students were visionaries because they signed up for classes before they were able to see the beautiful campus and cutting-edge labs we have today. Former Governor Bill Ritter spoke at the graduation and it was an incredible occasion of accomplishment. Since then we’ve had two other graduating classes and we’re so proud of all our graduates. We are also incredibly proud of the job placements we’ve had. Our graduates are now working in their industry for national and well-respected companies. We have graduates working across the country, with several graduates even working in Hawaii. We’re very proud of them and their incredible work ethic. Another accomplishment is the number of students we have. Today more than 500 students attend Ecotech Institute. These students come to our campus from across the country. We are also very proud of our facility and our incredible labs. Our building is our home and it represents us well. It was transformed from an unused building into a gorgeous campus. As a LEED-certified building, we walk the talk, offer labs unlike any other campus, and our students take pride in where they come learn every day. Lastly, we are thrilled with the growth and caliber of our faculty. From our dean to our program managers to our instructors, we have the best of the best; people who not only have practical industry knowledge, but are passionate about the Ecotech lifestyle and our students’ success.
  22. 22. page 22 March 19, 2013 3 million clean jobs in 2012 Clean Jobs More than 3 million clean jobs were available across the United States in 2012, according to new research from Ecotech Institute. The first-ever “Clean Jobs Index” aggregates all clean jobs nationwide. Ecotech Institute defines clean jobs as “jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.” Jobs focused on making a business or organization’s production process more eco-friendly are also included. California led the nation in clean job postings in 2012 with 374,276 openings. Texas, New York and Illinois were also among the top clean job states. On a per capita basis, Alaska, North Dakota, Iowa and Delaware led the way. Ecotech Institute is a Denver, Colorado-area college entirely focused on careers in renewable energy and sustainability. The institute offers associates degrees in Solar Energy Technology, Wind Energy Technology, Energy Efficiency, Power Utility Technician and more. Renewable, Solar Industry Job Growth Surged in 2012 Few industries created as many jobs in 2012 as the solar sector. According to the Solar Jobs Census, published in November 2012 by The Solar Foundation, the solar industry employed nearly 120,000 Americans in 2012 and was projected to grow by 17 percent in 2013. Finding qualified workers for the solar industry and renewable energy jobs is difficult, despite the sluggish jobs market. There are too few qualified workers to fill the jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, according to a 2011 survey by the Association of Energy Engineers. Renewable energy production has been surging in some states. On an average, renewable energy makes up 14% of total energy production. Idaho led the nation with 85% of its energy production coming from renewable in 2012. Washington, South Dakota and Oregon all produced more than 60% of their energy from renewable sources.
  23. 23. page 23 In celebration of World Water Day, the Ecotech Institute will be hosting a free family-friendly event on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Although the official date for World Water Day is Friday, March 22, 2013, Ecotech will be celebrating on the following Saturday. This day is a worldwide celebration which raises awareness on the importance of water conservation. Colorado has experienced a dry year without much snow so water conservation is extremely important. If you and your family are interested in learning more about water conservation please join the Ecotech Institute for this event. There will be demonstrations and individuals on hand to answer questions regarding conservation. There will be activities for all ages to participate in; there will also be special guests, a kid’s art show, door prizes, as well as other activities. This event will be held at the Ecotech Institute from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and all ages are welcomed. For more information please visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. March 22, 2013 Celebrate World Water Day at the Ecotech Institute | Regina Anderson March 23, 2013 This weekend: Explore water conservation, ride the bunny train Go-Keep your head above water Families are invited to join in Saturday’s celebration of World Water Day with a two-hour jam-packed schedule of activities starting at 10 a.m. at the Ecotech Institute. Aurora Water will host a water-conservation booth that includes information on Xeriscaping. A children’s art show based on the theme “What Does Water Mean to You?” is included (entry form on the website) along with tours, demonstrations and door prizes. Guests are invited to trade in reusable water bottles for Ecotech giveaways and HGTV’s “All American Handyman” Sonne Shields will showcase ways to conserve around your house. Free. 1400 S. Abilene St., Aurora, 877-326-5576, ecotechinstitute.com/waterday
  24. 24. page 24 See-A drive down memory lane Head to the Forney Museum of Transportation and check out the “From Wood to Vinyl” exhibit of Woodie station wagons on display through April 30. Museumgoers will see rare Woodies, including a 1922 Model T Depot Hack and a 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. One of the 22 only known surviving American Bantam Woodies (only 322 were ever built) will also make an appearance. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, no one admitted after 3:15 p.m. Admission varies. 4303 Brighton Blvd., 303-297-1113, forneymuseum.org Ride-Start a new family tradition Join the Easter Bunny and Spike the Railyard hound on the Bunny Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30. The duo will visit with guests and pass out saltwater taffy from Enstrom Candies. The 1880s vintage passenger coach will depart every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $30 families, $10 seniors (over 60), $5 children, free for those under age 2 and members. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591, 800-365-6263, ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org March 25, 2013 Interview with Kyle Crider and Keri Burnett Kyle Crider and Keri Berunett did an on-air interview for The Source’s radio show, “Experience Pros,” discussing Ecotech Institute’s “Clean Jobs Index.” Full audio not available.
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  26. 26. page 26 April 4, 2013 Ecotech Trains Energy Managers; Medieval Monastery Becomes Energy Training Center | Linda Hardesty Aurora, Colo., based Ecotech Institute, a college focused on renewable energy training, is now also offering a facility management technology degree program. This associate’s degree program will prepare students for careers in the field of facility management, focusing on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing and cost of energy management systems. Students will receive instruction that is designed to prepare them to analyze, operate, and maintain mechanical and electrical systems. According to Ecotech, in February there were almost 20,000 jobs posted in the US related to facilities management. Ecotech Institute’s Facility Management Technology program was developed in coordination with the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA). IFMA’s more than 19,000 members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property worldwide. Ecotech Institute now has more than 520 students who came to Ecotech from across the country for hands-on training in the growing field of sustainability. In addition to Facility Management Technology, Ecotech currently offers the following degree programs: • Solar Energy Technology, • Associate of Applied Science Wind Energy Technology, • Associate of Applied Science Renewable Energy Technology, • Associate of Applied Science Energy Efficiency Program, • Associate of Applied Science Electrical Energy Technology, • Associate of Applied Science Power Utility Technician, • Associate of Applied Science Business Administration – Sustainability, • Associate of Applied Science. Across the pond, UK energy company EDF Energy is converting a 900-year-old medieval monastery in southwest England into an energy training center, where students will be able to use 3D training tools supplied by GSE Systems. The $22.3 million renovation of Cannington Court in Somerset by EDF Energy will convert the historic buildings and grounds into the central hub for EDF’s network of training facilities across the UK. The campus also will include on-site housing for up to 50 people at a time. The facility is slated to open in early 2014. GSE Systems will supply its Activ3Di visualization technology for maintenance training, GPWR generic nuclear simulators and other simulation technologies for training energy industry workers. GSE’s Activ3Di interactive visualization tools provide trainees with immersive 3D virtual training environments for field operations and maintenance. The company’s real-time nuclear simulators generate accuracy and responsiveness for operator training. The result is a realistic experience for trainees.
  27. 27. page 27 April 11, 2013 What Components Are In A Solar Energy System? | Kathleen Zipp Changing sunlight into electricity, along with storing it and controlling it, fall to the main components of the PV system. The two primary types of systems in use today are stand-alone and grid-tied. Understanding their main components, how they work and how they work together makes it easy to understand why the grid-tie approach is by far the most common system in use today. Both stand-alone and grid-tie systems convert sunlight to electrical energy using PV panels. Although both systems produce electrical energy in the same way, they store it differently. The stand-alone system typically uses flooded lead-acid storage batteries. Lead-acid batteries don’t like to be discharged too deeply, charged too fast, charged at too high or too low a voltage, be too hot or too cold, etc. This requires sophisticated charge controllers to continuously monitor and control charging/discharging as well as force the array to run at its maximum power point voltage and current to maximize power. Grid-tie systems “store” energy by exchanging it with the commercial electric grid. A properly sized system will produce more electrical energy when the sun shines than the system’s loads require. The excess is pushed into the grid. The last critical function of the main PV system components is conversion of direct current (DC), electrical energy produced by the PV panels, to alternating current energy (AC) required by most modern loads and for exchange with the commercial grid. Both systems require an inverter. For the stand-alone system is pretty straightforward — it just converts DC from the battery bank to AC and protects the battery bank from over discharge. The grid-tie inverter, however, must do much more. It must also sense the critical characteristics of the AC signal on the grid so it can synchronize the AC it is generating from DC with the grid or not produce power if it can’t. It must also shut itself down if the grid goes down to prevent “islanding” (independently sending power into a grid that is otherwise dead) and possible damage to the system. The components of modern PV systems are quite sophisticated, efficient and effective with, of course, the exception of storage. The future will bring continued improvements to the components like more efficient PV panels and better ways to convert DC to AC at the array (e.g. microinverters). Storage, on the other hand, could benefit from significant technical developments. Significant improvements in storage battery energy density, cost, maintenance and longevity may make stand- alone systems much more attractive as well as battery backed up grid-tie systems. But without better on site storage capabilities, even grid-tie systems will become more problematic as their popularity increases and unpredictable solar energy becomes a larger fraction of net electric energy consumption. The current grid evolved with highly predictable energy sources (coal, nuclear, hydro) and can become unstable when using large fractions of unpredictable sources. The solution to this issue will probably require massive development of an interactive “smart grid.”
  28. 28. page 28 April 29, 2013 Power Utility Technician Program Addresses Talent Gap | Kathleen Zipp The Power Utility industry is experiencing a massive demographic shift and employees who know both conventional grid and smart grid technology are in demand. With a growing number of retirees and new technologies cropping up, a new generation of power utility technicians is critical for the industry. Ecotech Institute, which focuses entirely on preparing students for jobs in sustainability, has been closely watching the rapidly changing sector and its Power Utility Technician program exists to fill the gap. Ecotech Institute designed its Power Utility Technician program with input from subject matter experts who have more than 55 years of combined utility experience and know first-hand where the industry is headed. The two-year program prepares graduates for careers in power generation, with specialization in power plant operations and maintenance. Students receive immersive and hands-on training that focuses on electric utility distribution systems, grid and smart grid. A few job titles that correlate with the Power Utility Technician program include Systems Operator, Power Plant Operator, Hydroelectric-Station Operator and Turbine Operator. According to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, there were 10,265 jobs advertised in the last year (March 2012 to March 2013) that match the skills taught in Ecotech’s Power Utility Technician program. “The power utility workforce is facing changes as many utility workers are retiring and new talent is becoming vital,” says Alden Zeitz, Manager of Renewable Energy Services with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. “A new generation of power utility specialists that understands the grid but also grasps the concepts and application of new energy sources is critical.” Upon successful completion of the Power Utility Technician program, graduates will be prepared to: • Apply the fundamentals of power generation, so they can operate and maintain power plants; • Use their knowledge of high voltage systems to maintain and operate grid infrastructure, smart grids, and distribution systems; • Use the fundamentals of electrical theory and related knowledge to design, build, repair, calibrate and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls and machinery; • Meet industry standards within the electrical engineering, power production and distribution fields. In addition to the Power Utility program, Ecotech Institute offers the following: • Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Energy Efficiency Program, Associate of Applied Science • Electrical Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Business Administration – Sustainability, Associate of Applied Science Ecotech Institute ecotechinstitute.com
  29. 29. page 29 April 15, 2013 Ecotech Institute Offers its First Free Online Course: “Introduction to Sustainability” Anyone around the world who has an interest in sustainability can now access some of the specialized education offered by Ecotech Institute – online and free. Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on sustainability-related job training, is now accepting registrations for its “Introduction to Sustainability” course. This is Ecotech’s first “massive online open course” (MOOC) through the Canvas Network, a popular way for highly esteemed educational institutions to offer free courses to the public. Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations will teach the class, beginning on May 6. The ten-week course will explore various definitions of sustainability used by governments, businesses and individuals to address environmental, societal and economic problems around the world. In addition, students will learn ways to apply sustainable concepts in their own lives. The dynamic course will cover a broad spectrum of topics including, but not limited to,understanding environmental impacts(climate change, greenhouse gases, depleting resources),social consequences(impact of decisions on health, poverty, income distribution) and financial opportunities(emerging industries, job creation). “This exciting course is a hybrid of many topics that all relate to our planet, offering students a deep dive into history, biology, sociology, business and much more,” says Crider. “We are excited to extend our reach to people beyond the campus, offering insight into how much sustainability affects every person on the planet every single day.” Upon completion of the course, students should also better understand: • Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profit, or Three Pillars); • Thermodynamics; • Fossil fuels; • The balance and relationship between air, land, water resources and techniques for protecting and/or enhancing each; • Human impact on biodiversity and the planet; • Core concepts of green building rating systems; • The possibilities of solar and wind power to meet future energy needs, as well as natural gas, nuclear power, and biofuels. Each weekly topic will include a multimedia introduction/overview, short supplemental reading assignments and optional, more in-depth materials for those who want to enhance their knowledge in specific areas. Students will take multiple-choice quizzes and develop a personal sustainability vision, mission and goals. Students are also encouraged to network and collaborate with each other through discussion forums and Q&A sessions.
  30. 30. page 30 Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on sustainability-related job training, is now accepting registrations for its free “Introduction to Sustainability” course. It is Ecotech’s first “massive online open course” offered through the Canvas Network. Kyle Crider, Ecotech’s program chair and manager of environmental operations, will teach the class beginning May 6. The 10-week course will explore various definitions of sustainability used by governments, businesses and individuals to address environmental, societal and economic problems around the world, Ecotech said. Students will also learn ways to apply sustainable concepts in their own lives. The course will cover such topics as understanding environmental impacts, social consequences and financial opportunities, among others. “This exciting course is a hybrid of many topics that all relate to our planet, offering students a deep dive into history, biology, sociology, business and much more,” Crider said. “We are excited to extend our reach to people beyond the campus, offering insight into how much sustainability affects every person on the planet every single day.” For more information, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. April 16, 2013 Ecotech Institute offers free online sustainability course starting May 6 | Steve Porter
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  32. 32. page 32 May 8, 2013 U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings Q1 2013 Ecotech Institute today released new data from its Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S. government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts. Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs, launched the Clean Jobs Index in January 2013, although it can pull data for all of 2012. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. One area that is illustrating tremendous growth is the solar industry. In Q1 2013, the Clean Jobs Index listed more than 8,000 solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q1 2013: • Number of Clean Jobs Posted in the U.S. in Q1 2013: 749,197 • States with the Biggest Gains in Clean Jobs Postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia • Number of Available Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide: 23,575, up seven percent from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington • National Number of Electric Car Chargers: 16,256, up by 1,274 from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables: California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington • States with the Most Growth in Available Incentives from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon • New Building Space LEED Certified Within Q1 2013: 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up five percent from the previous quarter “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.”
  33. 33. page 33 Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, visit http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex; to learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. To take a free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course taught by Ecotech Institute’s Kyle Crider, sign up today. May 8, 2013 Ecotech Institute Posts New Quarterly Clean Jobs Index Report For students graduating this month from institutions of higher education all over the nation, here is some good news about the first quarter of 2013 clean jobs report by the Ecotech Institute. Ecotech Institute has released new data from its Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S. government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts. Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs, launched the Clean Jobs Index in January 2013, although it can pull data for all of 2012. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. One area that is illustrating tremendous growth is the solar industry. In Q1 2013, the Clean Jobs Index listed more than 8,000 solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q1 2013: Number of Clean Jobs Posted in the U.S. in Q1 2013: 749,197 States with the Biggest Gains in Clean Jobs Postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia Number of Available Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide: 23,575, up seven percent from Q4 2012
  34. 34. page 34 States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington National Number of Electric Car Chargers: 16,256, up by 1,274 from Q4 2012 States with the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables: California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington States with the Most Growth in Available Incentives from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon New Building Space LEED Certified Within Q1 2013: 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up five percent from the previous quarter “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.” Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, visit ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex; to learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com. To take a free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course taught by Ecotech Institute’s Kyle Crider, sign up today. May 8, 2013 U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings Q1 2013 | Kathleen Zipp Ecotech Institute today released new data from its Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S. government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts.
  35. 35. page 35 Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs, launched the Clean Jobs Index in January 2013, although it can pull data for all of 2012. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. One area that is illustrating tremendous growth is the solar industry. In Q1 2013, the Clean Jobs Index listed more than 8,000 solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q1 2013: • Number of Clean Jobs Posted in the U.S. in Q1 2013: 749,197 • States with the Biggest Gains in Clean Jobs Postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia • Number of Available Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide: 23,575, up seven percent from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington • National Number of Electric Car Chargers: 16,256, up by 1,274 from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables: California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington • States with the Most Growth in Available Incentives from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon • New Building Space LEED Certified Within Q1 2013: 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up five percent from the previous quarter “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.” Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, visit http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex; to learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. To take a free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course taught by Ecotech Institute’s Kyle Crider, sign up today.
  36. 36. page 36 May 9, 2013 Oregon cleans up on latest Ecotech jobs report | Andy Giegerich Oregon continues to outpace other states in terms of creating and retaining “clean” jobs. So says the Denver-based Ecotech Institute, which espouses training related to renewable energy and sustainable jobs, reported that Oregon continues to rank highest according to its Clean Jobs Index. The index takes into consideration such factors as renewable energy consumption, state incentives, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects and alternative fueling stations. The Institute uses the U.S. Department of Labor’s definition of green jobs in devising its index. Oregon’s index rating of 2.84 topped Washington’s by 0.22 of a point. California, Minnesota and South Dakota were the only other states above the 2.0 mark. The index reported the nearly 750,000 “clean jobs” were posted in the U.S. during 2013’s first quarter. Oregon ranked second in terms of states with the “most incentives for sustainability and renewables.” May 10, 2013 Clean Jobs Index shows growth in solar industry | Amanda H. Miller There were 8,000 new solar industry jobs posted in the first quarter of 2013, according to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index. Solar energy was one of the biggest growth industries among the clean technology sectors that the institute tracks, according to a press release about its job index figures released this week. Among the job titles were solar sales representative, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers.
  37. 37. page 37 The 8,000 solar jobs were just a fraction of the total 750,000 clean technology jobs posted nationally in the first quarter of this year. Ecotech Institute launched its Clean Jobs Index late in 2012 with the aim of monitoring this sector of the economy and illustrating it growth and opportunity. In addition to aggregating data about jobs, the index connects users directly to job listings. That was an important function of the index, said Keri Burnett, spokeswoman for the college. “Ecotech Institute is the first and only college completely dedicated to the renewable energy and sustainability fields,” Burnett said. As more people have considered a career change into the clean technology and renewable energy fields, the job index became an important sales tool for the schools, said Kyle Crider, sustainability director for Ecotech. “It gives someone the ability to go in and say ‘this state looks promising for a number of reasons, but am I going to have a job there?’ and be able to see real opportunities,” Crider said. “That’s what makes this index unique.” Among the states that added the most clean energy jobs in the first quarter of this year were Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont and West Virginia, according to the report. “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” Crider said. The index also tracks environmental factors like the number of alternative fueling stations, electric car charging stations, the level of incentives for solar and other renewable energy technology and the number of new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings in each state. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators,” Crider said.
  38. 38. page 38 May 15, 2013 Clean job index puts the spotlight on solar The U.S. had nearly 750,000 clean job openings in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report from Denver- based Ecotech Institute, a college that trains students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs. The Institute reports that more than 8,000 of the positions the index tracked in Q1 were for solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. In addition to providing information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. Here are a few highlights from the report: • States with the biggest gains in clean jobs postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013 were Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia • States with the most incentives for sustainability and renewables were California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington • New building space LEED certified within Q1 2013 amounted to 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up 5% from the previous quarter “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.” You can read more about the Clean Jobs Index here and see an infographic illustrating it on page 2.
  39. 39. page 39 May 17, 2013 Iowa: Home of Green Jobs? | Joe Gardyasz Iowa is ranked among the top five states in the country for “clean” jobs. Iowans can thank a favorable mix of attributes that makes their state a magnet for creating clean-energy jobs, according to a new index that aggregates a variety of sustainability indicators for all 50 states. According to the Clean Jobs Index, developed by the Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colo., Iowa was fifth in the nation for growth in new clean-job postings in the country in the first quarter of 2013. It also was among the five top-ranking states for combined sustainability measures that are aggregated by the index. Iowa had a 32 percent increase in clean job postings in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2012, with more than 13,000 positions available. By comparison, the average increase in clean jobs nationally for that period was 7 percent. “Iowa has done such a great job of bringing clean energy jobs to the state,” said Keri Burnett, director of marketing for Ecotech Institute. The index represents a compilation of four factors: each state’s clean energy job postings, its renewable energy portfolio, financial incentives and its combined ranking in six “clean jobs indicators.” Those clean jobs indicators include measures such as the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction projects and how many households are enrolled in net metering programs. May 22, 2013 U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings Q1 2013 Ecotech Institute today released new data from its Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S. government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts.
  40. 40. page 40 Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on training students for solar, wind and renewable energy jobs, launched the Clean Jobs Index in January 2013, although it can pull data for all of 2012. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. One area that is illustrating tremendous growth is the solar industry. In Q1 2013, the Clean Jobs Index listed more than 8,000 solar jobs with titles such as solar sales representatives, installers, solar panel manufacturers and project managers. Highlights from the Clean Jobs Index, Q1 2013: • Number of Clean Jobs Posted in the U.S. in Q1 2013: 749,197 • States with the Biggest Gains in Clean Jobs Postings from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, West Virginia • Number of Available Alternative Fueling Stations Nationwide: 23,575, up seven percent from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Alternative Fueling Stations: California, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington • National Number of Electric Car Chargers: 16,256, up by 1,274 from Q4 2012 • States with the Most Incentives for Sustainability and Renewables: California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Washington • States with the Most Growth in Available Incentives from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon • New Building Space LEED Certified Within Q1 2013: 110,000,000 square feet nationally, up five percent from the previous quarter “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.” Ecotech Institute regularly gathers data for the Clean Jobs Index from a variety of independent research entities that develop and regularly publish cleantech information. Sources include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. To learn more about the Clean Jobs Index, visit http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex; to learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. To take a free online “Introduction to Sustainability” course taught by Ecotech Institute’s Kyle Crider, sign up today.
  41. 41. page 41 May 23, 2013 U.S. Job Market Bursting With Green Tech Opportunities | Beth Buczynski We’ve come a long way since the painful market crashes of 2008, but it hasn’t been easy. Progress toward a more stable housing, credit, and job market has been hard fought, with far too many workers still looking for a decent job that pays a living wage. A possible silver lining to this stressful time might be the overwhelmingly positive growth of the green job market where other industries have been stagnant. Ecotech Institute, a Colorado-based college that is the first accredited educational institution in America to focus solely on careers in renewable energy and sustainability, has been tracking this progress. Today, new data from its Clean Jobs Index reveals that there were over 700,00 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013–news that’s good for our economy as well as our environment. Ecotech’s Clean Jobs Index is an informative online tool that breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local listings, helping to fill the data gap left by the U.S. government when it recently stopped tracking green jobs due to budget cuts. In addition to providing objective information on jobs, the Clean Jobs Index also aggregates data on a variety of sustainability factors in all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives. “The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations. “When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation. These are powerful indicators.” Here are some of the highlights revealed in analysis of 2013′s first quarter. To utilize the full state-by-state tool, visit: www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex.
  42. 42. page 42 May 23, 2013 Mapping The States That Lead In Green Jobs, LEED Buildings, And Energy Efficiency Barack Obama may not have created the 5 million green jobs he pledged during the 2008 campaign. But, by some measures, he isn’t doing badly (or, at least, someone isn’t doing badly, depending on your view of how jobs are made). According to the Ecotech Institute, almost 750,000 green jobs opened up in the first three months of this year. That’s not 5 million--but it’s a useful chunk from the total 11.6 million openings for the period. The graphics above show which states created the most jobs, and, according to the institute, have most potential to keep creating them. Its ranking is based on both actual jobs, and “indicators” such as the amount of energy efficiency and green building projects. This map shows the number of LEED-certified (and registered) buildings. Leading states include Maine, Colorado, Hawaii, and New Mexico. There is now 110,000,000 square feet of LEED space nationally, up 7% on the last quarter.
  43. 43. page 43 This shows how states rank for their efforts on energy efficiency, using data from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Leading states include Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Connecticut. Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming come out at the bottom. This map gives you the number of residents per 100,000 population that has signed up for “green pricing” programs--energy from renewable sources for which people normally pay a premium. Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Colorado lead the way.
  44. 44. page 44 Take a look at the location of alternative fueling stations, including biodiesel, CNG, LNG, electric charging, and hydrogen. Hawaii has the most, followed by Oregon and Washington. The total number of stations (23,575) was up 7% from last year. In terms of overall jobs, Oregon comes out on top, followed by Washington, California, South Dakota, and Minnesota. States like Indiana and Illinois saw the most growth from the previous quarter.
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  53. 53. page 53 June 5, 2013 Global Wind Day celebrated with free kites in Aurora | Chrissy Morin In conjunction with Global Wind Day, Ecotech Institute will host a free community event on Friday, June 14. Students, families and the entire local community are all invited to kick off the summer and celebrate wind power. Ecotech Institute, located off of I-225 and Mississippi in Aurora, will host the event with door prizes, snacks, tours and a live remote by KTCL (93.3 FM). The event runs from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages will receive free kites or pinwheels for just stopping by while supplies last. Plus, everyone has an opportunity to hear about harnessing the wind and its potential to power the world. According to The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Global Wind Day (officially June 15) is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. This is a day that encourages people to find out everything there is know about wind energy, including how it is produced and what jobs exist. Wind farms are currently in more than 75 countries around the world and right here in Denver’s backyard. Ecotech Institute Global Wind Day Details Date: Friday, June 14, 2013 Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m. Address: 1400 S. Abilene, Aurora, Colorado 80012 Activities: • Free Kites and pinwheels – while supplies last • Wind Energy Forum • Live remote by KTCL (93.3 FM) from 12:00-2 p.m. • Campus demonstrations and tours • Sodastream Giveaway • Free food and drinks
  54. 54. page 54 June 5, 2013 Ecotech Institute’s Power Utility Technician Program Addresses Growing Need For Talent The Power Utility industry is experiencing a massive demographic shift and employees who know both conventional grid and smart grid technology are in demand. With a growing number of retirees and new technologies cropping up, a new generation of power utility technicians is critical for the industry. Ecotech Institute, which focuses entirely on preparing students for jobs in sustainability, has been closely watching the rapidly changing sector and its Power Utility Technician program exists to fill the gap. Ecotech Institute designed its Power Utility Technician program with input from subject matter experts who have more than 55 years of combined utility experience and know first-hand where the industry is headed. The two-year program prepares graduates for careers in power generation, with specialization in power plant operations and maintenance. Students receive immersive and hands-on training that focuses on electric utility distribution systems, grid and smart grid. A few job titles that correlate with the Power Utility Technician program include Systems Operator, Power Plant Operator, Hydroelectric-Station Operator and Turbine Operator. According to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, there were 10,265 jobs advertised in the last year (March 2012 to March 2013) that match the skills taught in Ecotech’s Power Utility Technician program. “The power utility workforce is facing changes as many utility workers are retiring and new talent is becoming vital,” says Alden Zeitz, Manager of Renewable Energy Services with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. “A new generation of power utility specialists that understands the grid but also grasps the concepts and application of new energy sources is critical.” Upon successful completion of the Power Utility Technician program, graduates will be prepared to: • Apply the fundamentals of power generation, so they can operate and maintain power plants; • Use their knowledge of high voltage systems to maintain and operate grid infrastructure, smart grids, and distribution systems; • Use the fundamentals of electrical theory and related knowledge to design, build, repair, calibrate and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls and machinery; • Meet industry standards within the electrical engineering, power production and distribution fields. In addition to the Power Utility program, Ecotech Institute offers the following: • Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Energy Efficiency Program, Associate of Applied Science • Electrical Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Business Administration – Sustainability, Associate of Applied Science For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.
  55. 55. page 55 June 5, 2013 Facility Management Program Addresses Sustainability | Heidi Schwartz Across America in small towns and thriving cities, a similar issue is cropping up: aging buildings. While older buildings are often respected for their historical nature, there is often a need to update them for structural reasons, aesthetic purposes and even energy usage. In fact, right now The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) is underway to collect data on the structure, operational characteristics, and energy use of 12,000 buildings across the U.S. The data collected is only going to heighten the role of sustainability of buildings, both new and old, around the country. With new window technology, energy efficiency options, water conservation choices, and more, entire cities can improve their sustainability with renovation. Ecotech Institute is launching its Facilities Management degree in June 2013, which will train professionals to tackle this issue. The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) helped develop the curriculum for Ecotech Institute’s Facility Management Technology degree program, which is an associate’s degree program that will focus on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing, and cost of energy management systems as they relate to the field of facility management. Students will receive instruction that is designed to prepare them to analyze, operate, and maintain mechanical and electrical systems. According to Ecotech’s Clean Jobs Index, there have been 75,000 jobs posted in the U.S. related to facilities management so far in 2013. Ecotech Institute, based in Aurora, Colorado, now has more than 520 students who receive hands-on training in the growing field of sustainability. June 7, 2013 Ecotech launches new Facilities Management degree | Steve Porter Ecotech Institute announced it is launching a new Facilities Management Technology degree program this month to train professionals to sustainably update aging buildings. The International Facilities Management Association helped develop the degree curriculum for the associate’s degree program that will prepare students for careers in facility management, focusing on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing and cost of energy management systems. Ecotech said students in the program will be taught how to analyze, operate and maintain mechanical and electrical systems.
  56. 56. page 56 Ecotech said its Clean Jobs Index revealed there have been 75,000 jobs posted across the U.S. so far this year related to facilities management. To view available positions, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com/cleanjobsindex. Ecotech Institute is the first and only institution entirely focused on green jobs training. For more information, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. June 14, 2013 Winergy Donates 20-ton Gearbox to Ecotech Institute | Paul Dvorak Ecotech Institute recently received a large gearbox for its Wind Energy Technology program, giving students the chance to learn on equipment that many will eventually work on in their career. Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, donated the 20-ton Eichoff gearbox or speed increaser. This donation gives Wind Turbine Technician students additional equipment to learn first-hand how to do borescope inspections, bolt fastening, and generally troubleshoot gearboxes. “We are so thankful for this generous donation. Within the wind industry, it is commonly understood that proper maintenance, as well as predictive analysis of oil and vibrations, can extend the life of the gearbox,” said Shawn Lamb, program director of wind energy technology at Ecotech Institute. “It’s important for our students to learn these maintenance skills, because the longevity of this component can make or break a wind farm’s business model and profit structure.” Ecotech Institute, based in Aurora, Colorado, has more than 520 students who receive hands-on training in the growing field of sustainability. Ecotech currently offers renewable energy and sustainability programs such as: • Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Facility Management Technology, Energy Efficiency Program, Associate of Applied Science • Electrical Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science • Power Utility Technician, Associate of Applied Science • Business Administration – Sustainability, Associate of Applied Science
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  58. 58. page 58 Across the United States, the number of commercial and residential solar installations is increasing. As the industry grows, so does the need for training programs. Such programs are proliferating, so here are some guidelines for future solar professionals to consider when looking for an adequate training program. Are Online Courses Enough? The largest increase in training programs has been online. With a 40-hour investment, you can take an online course that includes some hands-on training, and complete the entry-level exam for NABCEP certification. But is 40 hours enough to gain adequate knowledge of the solar industry? You may learn how to install a solar panel and other balance-of-system components. Such programs may also touch on design and troubleshooting. But the biggest complaint I hear from solar industry employers is that entry-level technicians may know how to physically install a panel, but they don’t have a basic understanding of electricity. That is perhaps the greatest failure of short certificate and online-training courses. The industry already needs technicians who can do more than just install components. Technicians must be able to respond when a customer has a problem. Their skills, therefore, must include designing, sizing, monitoring, trouble shooting and repairing systems. A two-year associate of applied science degree in solar technology can provide sufficient knowledge and hands-on lab training to deliver more of what employers look for when hiring. The benefit of a solar-energy degree will be increasingly evident as the industry continues to grow and systems begin to age. Renewable energy schools, such as Ecotech Institute, that offer renewable energy degrees are providing a cutting-edge education for solar professionals. Their 85 to 90% placement rate is a solid indicator that they are providing the training and knowledge solar companies need. Sales Training Knowing how to properly install and maintain a solar array is useless unless a company can sell systems. Many smaller companies often hire people who have little or no knowledge of the solar business to drop flyers or knock on doors to introduce the product. They give the canvassers a week-long course that includes some basic product knowledge and may or may not include sales techniques. While the cost to do canvassing may be low, so is the result. July 1, 2013 Training: It’s Not Complicated, More is Better Than Less | Julia Engelbrecht Susan Pawlak is the Area Director – Career Placement at Ecotech Institute
  59. 59. page 59 Properly training field technicians in sales allows them to build rapport with customers by answering their technical questions and addressing issues. A technical team educated in sales will likely increase customer satisfaction, which can directly affect sales. More Is Better Than Less The level of training for solar technicians needs to run parallel with the changes in solar technology. Brief online programs will not be sufficient to support the long-term industry. There is an increasing need for solar technicians who have completed comprehensive training programs with a solid foundation in electricity, controls systems, troubleshooting and hands-on experience. Also, good sales training for technicians and solid product knowledge training for business development personnel will be critical for the continued growth of small companies — and the industry — as a whole.
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  61. 61. page 61 July 1, 2013 Winergy Donates 20-Ton Gearbox to Ecotech Institute Ecotech Institute recently received a large gearbox for its Wind Energy Technology program, giving students the chance to learn on equipment that many will eventually use in their career. Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, donated the 20-ton Eickhoff gearbox, which is a major component in a wind turbine that gears up the rotational speed of the drivetrain and generator rotor. The donation gives Wind Turbine Technician students additional equipment to learn first-hand how to do borescope inspections, bolt fastening and troubleshoot gearboxes. “We are so thankful for this generous donation. Within the wind industry, it is commonly understood that proper maintenance, as well as predictive analysis of oil and vibrations, can extend the life of the gearbox,” said Shawn Lamb, program director of wind energy technology at Ecotech Institute. “It’s important for our students to learn these maintenance skills, because the longevity of this component can make or break a wind farm’s business model and profit structure.” For more information, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com/wind-energy-technology-schools.cfm or www.winergy- group.com. July 13, 2013 At Work: Clean, green can mean all sorts of jobs | Andrea Kay Gannett It has something to do with windmills — or hybrid cars. It’s related to alternative and renewable energy. It’s solar power. That’s what people told me comes to mind when they think of “green” or “clean” jobs. As one person summed up what they know about green jobs, “I really haven’t the foggiest.” Green jobs are either “jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or they are “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources,” according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. What kinds of jobs might that be?
  62. 62. page 62 Here are a few green job openings I found through the staffing firm Greenjobs. They include energy adviser for Conservation Services Group, where you would conduct “residential energy assessments to identify energy- efficiency improvement opportunities.” But not all of them sound so technical. GCI Solar has a sales job opening. Conservation Services Group also is looking for someone to work with marketing to put in place “integrated marketing communications and advertising programs.” The company also wants a program operations manager for a high-efficiency furnace replacement program. An investment company in the United Kingdom that operates in the renewable energy industry needs a portfolio manager to manage the firm’s assets. A company in Brazil with an expanding wind business needs a project manager to oversee “construction of several small and big onshore wind projects.” A company that’s expert in “developing engineering and operating large-scale photovoltaic systems” seeks a lawyer. A New York-based hospital needs a sustainability officer who will head a “comprehensive management system … that measures the impact of green initiatives ... (and) directs general environmental sustainable product procurement, waste elimination, energy and water improvement, environmental health and quality improvement.”
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  64. 64. page 64 August 15, 2013 Setting or Rising?: Aurora’s solar biz | Brandon Johansson General Electric’s $600-million solar panel manufacturing facility landed on the city’s economic scrap heap last week. The PrimeStar Solar project, GE explained, simply wasn’t viable in an increasingly competitive solar market. That means the 350 jobs the facility was expected to bring won’t happen, and 50 employees working at an associated research facility will lose their jobs. The announcement was a blow to the city’s employment overall, but also to Aurora’s burgeoning solar industry, which has seen marked growth in recent years. Still, experts say that while the solar market is experiencing some growing pains — energy providers are looking to roll back some solar power subsidies, and solar panels remain a pricey addition for most home- owners — Aurora is still in a good position when it comes to solar energy. “Overall, we are very, very optimistic about the industry,” said Dick Hinson, executive vice president of the Aurora Economic Development Council. “The potential is tremendous.” Hinson pointed to two Aurora facilities in particular that he said make the city a desirable destination for future solar projects: the Solar Technology Acceleration Center, commonly known as SolarTAC, and the Ecotech Institute. SolarTAC is a 74-acre solar energy testing facility on the city’s eastern edge. The research center is comprised of nine companies developing and testing new solar technologies with an eye toward getting more of the nation’s energy from the sun, instead of non-renewable resources. “Having that here in our backyard makes it very convenient for people who are interested in the solar industry and interested in maximizing use of that knowledge,” Hinson said. Ecotech is a trade school focused on jobs in the renewable energy sector, including solar power. When GE announced plans to open the solar panel manufacturing facility in 2011, the company looked poised to join Solar-TAC and Ecotech and make Aurora a hub of solar activity.
  65. 65. page 65 But a year after the announcement, the project seemed to be running into trouble. GE officials said in summer 2012 that they were delaying the Aurora project because of steep price declines by their competitors. GE spokeswoman Lindsay Theile pointed to continued struggles in solar panel pricing as a reason for the project’s collapse and said a year after delaying PrimeStar, GE realized it wasn’t viable. “Doing it now is really in the best interest of the community and of our customers,” she said. At the same time GE scrapped the Aurora plant and shut down an associated research facility in Arvada, the company announced that it was selling it’s cadmium telluride solar technology to First Solar and partnering with the Arizona-based company. The move, GE said in a statement, would “accelerate the development of cadmium telluride solar module performance and improve efficiency at manufacturing scale.” While the industrial giant had scrapped the Aurora project, they weren’t getting out of solar completely, and their technology would continue to be developed. Dustin Smith, the CEO of SolarTAC, said that’s an important detail that has largely been lost in the ongoing discussion about the demise of GE’s Aurora project. “For the industry that’s actually a good thing because it means that competition is working and companies are starting to streamline,” he said. Smith said the research at SolarTAC is focused on the long-term viability of the technology, not so much on the day-to-day developments of the industry. “Our focus is long-term, where are we going to be in 25 years and what can we do for the industry to help that happen,” he said. While prices for solar panels remains an issue for manufacturers, a report this week from the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said solar photovoltaic power systems continued to drop in price for consumers last year and through the first half of this year. The report, released Tuesday, said installed prices for PV systems last year fell by about 30 cents per watt. “This marks the third year in a row of significant price reductions for PV systems in the U.S.,” Galen Barbose of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division and one of the report’s co-authors said in a statement. And established local businesses have also jumped into the solar game in recent years, with construction giant Adolfson & Peterson building a solar and thermal facility near East Sixth Avenue and Airport Boulevard and the E-470 toll authority installing solar panels along the toll road. The E-470 panels are expected to save the toll authority $1 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. Still, when it comes to solar power creating jobs, the industry has grown slowly. “It’s an industry going through change, trying to find itself, trying to find what technologies really make sense,” Hinson said. To draw GE to Aurora, AEDC helped negotiate a tax incentive package that would have given the company $9.4 million worth of tax rebates once they opened for business.

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