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Your Guide to Environmental Education

Sep 3, 2009 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

Education is going green—and it’s the environment that benefits.  As fuel costs and global temperatures rise, there has been an increased emphasis on sustainability and ecological harmony for businesses, contractors and homeowners alike. 

To meet demand, the environmental technology industry is growing—and it needs qualified workers.  Homeowners are becoming increasingly educated about environmentally friendly building techniques—and expect contractors to keep up. And businesses in all industries need to comply with numerous state, local and federal environmental regulations.

Here are a few environmental education programs that could help you go green—at home, at work, or in your next construction project.

Environmental Education for Homeowners

Homeowners who want to cut energy costs, lessen their emissions and reduce their carbon footprint need at least a general understanding of energy consumption, environmental science and how their homes use and lose energy in order to go beyond the basics. Here are a few environmental training courses that can help homeowners looking to build, design or develop energy-efficient and sustainable homes.


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Environmental training courses can help homeowners to build, design and develop energy-efficient and sustainable homes.



Home energy fundamentals

Learn how your home uses energy, how traditional energy sources work, and your options when it comes to renewable energy sources. This class is for homeowners who want to slash their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint through reduced usage, and more.

Achieving Solar: An Introductory Guide to Solar Energy

This class, ideal for homeowners interested in installing solar panels, is an overview of how solar energy works and its role within the larger US energy market. Students will gain practical knowledge of how their geographic location and zoning requirements affect their solar energy output and installation; a global and national perspective on solar energy and energy consumption; how photovoltaic panels work; and more.

Choosing a solar panel installer

Curious about how to become a solar panel installation contractor? Then this is the ideal course for you. This solar panel installer class is for homeowners who want to install solar panels in their homes—and need to know how to find a qualified contractor. Included with this class are resources on how to tell if a contractor is qualified, the basics of site assessments and estimates, what to expect during installation, and where to find solar panel installation professionals in each student’s local area.

Environmental Education for Businesses

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There are many environmental education programs that are geared toward environmental regulatory compliance and green business initiatives. 

There are many online courses out there geared toward the need for environmental regulatory compliance and green business initiatives. These environmental education resources are ideal for individual employees who want to add an education in green technology to their resume in order to advance to an environmental career; those new to their positions who are seeking additional environmental training; and companies seeking for enterprise-wide training for their employees.

Stack Sampling Methods

This class covers sampling methods used in the monitoring of particulate emissions from power plants, factories and other industrial stacks. This is an introductory course designed for anyone who is responsible for tracking particulate emissions at their facilities. Students will learn about the equipment, calculations and processes used to gather particulate emission rates from stationary outputters.

Air Emission Control Technologies

Designed for corporate managers in charge of pollution reduction and management within government and the private sector, this class teaches students to pinpoint areas where pollution may be prevented, develop overall business strategies leading to lessened output in compliance with the Clean Air Act, and utilizing emerging technologies to implement those strategies.  This training introduces students to pollution prevention issues encompassing the environment, technology and the law, with a focus on Title V permits and NAAQS.

Hazardous Material Transportation Act

This program gives students broad knowledge of the requirements set forth in the Hazardous Material Transportation act.  It’s ideal for employees who need a practical understanding of hazardous materials handling and compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Students will learn the definition of hazardous waste and hazardous materials, understand how government regulations affect the management and transport of these materials, HTMA regulations post-9/11, and basic DOT and USEPA requirements for hazardous materials transportation.

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Environmental education can provide companies, contractors and individuals with a flexible path for developing an environmental responsibility in all aspects of life, business, construction.


Environmental Education for Contractors

Finding an environmentally conscious contractor isn’t easy for homeowners.  As a contractor, you can give yourself an edge over your competition by adding green credentials to your other skills.  Here are a few environmental education programs that will show your customers your commitment to green building.

Solar Panel Design & Installation

This course certifies technicians in installing photovoltaic solar energy systems. It qualifies you for an entry-level position with an installation firm, and gives you the knowledge you need to understand safety issues, installation guidelines, practical design requirements, and legal considerations. Students will understand PV modules and battery system designs; how to evaluate a site for solar exposure; utility-interactive systems; permitting and inspection; and other basic installation knowledge.

LEED New Construction Certification Prep

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a non-mandatory standard of measurement for evaluating and building highly sustainable buildings—it gives a national standard to the concept of “building green.”

LEED certifies buildings of all types, from residential to commercial and industrial.  Construction professionals can earn accreditation to demonstrate their knowledge of LEED requirements. This course helps contractors prepare for the LEED Accredited Professional Exam.

Eco Building Design

This course provides an overview of green building with an emphasis on building biology and bio-house design. Students will learn how to construct buildings utilizing renewable resources, without straining the surrounding environment and with optimal occupant health and safety in mind.  The class covers technology, ergonomics, biology and the basics of sustainable design.

There are many environmental education programs that provide companies, contractors and individuals a path toward greater environmental responsibility in all aspects of life and business.  Whether you’re looking for a training program to bring an EPA education to your plant or facility, a credential to demonstrate your expertise as a green contractor, or the knowledge you need to reduce your energy use at home, you’re sure to be able to find an affordable and rigorous environmental training program online.


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