About the Sustainable Communities Institute
Do you have an interest in construction and want to catch the wave of the future? Think green! Energy-efficient green building is good for the wallet, your quality of life and the environment. And it's quickly becoming the new quality standard in the building industry, both in the U.S. and abroad.
With the encouragement from partners such as the U.S. Department of Energy Building America, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and supporters like the U.S. Green Building Council, Cedar Valley College has created the Sustainable Communities Institute, now in conceptual development. It's one of the first higher education institutions in the nation to offer programming that meets the emerging need for workforce training in the green building field.
The Sustainable Communities Institute will house:
- A National Education and technology center for workforce training in energy-efficient green building technologies;
- A Pre-K through Grade 12 Learning Center to provide awareness and information on energy-efficient and environmentally responsible lifestyles and to encourage curriculum focused on energy conservation to children at an early age;
- A Resource Center to promote legislation and regulations working closely with local, city and regional governments in support of energy-efficient green building technologies and sustainable communities; and
- A Sustainable Demonstration center for homeowners, the business community, building professionals in energy-efficient green building technologies, smart growth and sustainable communities.
The Sustainable Communities Institute offers a variety of educational programs and resources focused on energy efficiency, healthy buildings and sustainable communities:
- Degrees and technical training for aspiring building performance specialists who want to perform inspections, ratings and prescriptive counseling on how to improve residential energy efficiency.
- Educational seminars and community outreach workshops and conferences.
- Consultation for local and national government agencies seeking to create healthy, energy efficient green building codes and policies.
- Resources for kindergarten-12th grade educators and students.