Our Mission – Retired

Mission

Green Education Inc. creates the programs, projects, systems and relationships required to educate and prepare individuals for green industry career paths and entrepreneurial opportunities. We will advance graduates to apprenticeships, internships and on-the-job training situations via collaborative projects designed to create energy efficient and sustainable communities. We will enhance our clients’ and graduates’ skills which will result in value-added and knowledgeable employees for entrepreneurships and green industry organizations.

Vision

Green Education Inc. will link underserved communities to green job opportunities within existing and burgeoning green industries/organizations via education and skill building opportunities, and in the process, create career paths and job creation that will help to:

  • Revitalize our communities with energy efficient homes, buildings and schools
  • Rebuild our economy through business and job creation
  • Create a greener and more sustainable environment
  • Create a community that fosters environmental/sustainable awareness and a sense to “pay it forward” and build future stewards for our environment.
  • Establish Green Education, Inc. as an integral force for education, creators of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, job development and job placement.
    • Create public relations, education and advertising programs to better inform the general public of the availability of green technology, including the savings, health benefits and energy savings from retrofitting existing housing stock with solar energy and energy efficiency improvements.
    • Create public relations, education and advertising programs to clearly inform the general public about options in real estate, emphasizing options related to energy efficient mortgage opportunities.

Values

  • Build the skills, knowledge and critical thinking abilities required for green industry jobs/projects via skills-based, competency building training programs
  • Design training experiences for all types of learners, experiences that provide opportunities for practice & feedback, skill check reinforcement and on-the-job shadowing exercises.
  • Build programs and process that support students being able to transfer the skills/knowledge learned during training to real-world employment situations.
  • Provide a clean and safe learning environment to students, clients and instructors, ensuring that clients receive superior and sustainable programs and products.
  • Become an example for creating jobs with established career paths and that pay living wages

Goals

Green Education Inc. partners with Developers and municipalities, Construction/Trade organizations, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency companies/experts, other green industries and non-profit organizations, training & education organizations and local government agencies, to create sustainability and urban renewal projects in underserved communities.

Green Education, Inc. seeks out dedicated and like-minded organizations to support individuals in underserved communities build the skills required for entry and development of career paths into sustainable and green industry organizations.

Programs:
Green Education Inc. strives to create the most interactive, skills-based curriculums, based on adult learning theory and criterion-referenced instruction. Our instructional design team has 20+ years of successful experience in curriculum development, solar and energy efficiency program design.

Our team of experts includes industry leaders in the Solar Power and Energy Efficiency/Building Performance industries and play a vital role in assisting individuals prepare for careers in Photovoltaics and green construction.

To better prepare individuals for careers in renewable energy and energy efficiency, we have identified the core competencies and knowledge required for entry level positions in Solar Photovoltaics, Weatherization Installer/Technician fields and Building Performance Analyst (BPI) industries. Students build these core competencies via programs based in adult learning theory, which includes:

  • Clear and concise learning objectives: Based on NABCEP Entry Level Program-September 2009 & US Department of Energy – Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals
  • Practice and Feedback Exercises strategically conducted to build core competencies and knowledge in a modular, step-by-step process
  • Lecture, Question/Answer and hands-on lab exercises
  • Skill Checks to ensure student is able to perform each task
  • Training content that supports and mirrors NABCEP Solar Photovoltaic Installer Job Task Analysis & US Department of Energy – Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals study
  • Solar Photovoltaics and Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals /BPI Courses are designed for individuals with minimal background.

OUR EXPERTISE:

Our instructors are NABCEP (Solar Photovoltaics) and BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified and have years of experience in their particular field.  They continue to enhance our training courses and their skills by working on actual solar installations and energy efficiency projects on a regular basis. This ongoing experience keeps them current in their field and benefits students with first-hand knowledge of the advancements being made in solar and green building industries.

Stella Ursua, President of Green Education, Inc. has 20+ years combined experience in Leadership Development, Instructional Design, and Training Facilitation.  Stella has designed, developed and launched numerous training programs during her career, from stand-alone modules to complete new hire and management training curriculums. As a result of this background, students are ensured that each course follows adult learning principles and provides content and hands-on exercises critical to building the skills required for entry into the solar and green building industries.

OUR FOCUS:

The goal of Green Education Inc. is to increase the potential of each student and client by building the skills, knowledge and abilities required for green industry jobs/projects via skills-based, competency building training programs. Our professional staff and partners have designed training experiences for the adult learner that provides opportunities for practice, continuous feedback and skill check reinforcement exercises. This provides us with the opportunity to determine whether students are able to transfer the skills/knowledge learned during training to real-world employment situations.

We are committed to providing a respectful, clean and safe learning environment to students, clients and instructors.

Programs include:

Sustainability 101

Twenty-five years ago, The Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”  Since then, there have been numerous revisions to this definition as a result of a burgeoning focus on new green energy technology, and the public’s acceptance for eco-friendly practices.

Individuals already working in green professions understand the need for walking the talk and being the example for living and working green. Yet how do you ensure that your employees comprehend, embrace and demonstrate sustainable practices, both on and off the job? Not every employee you hire will necessarily come from a green energy organization or have been schooled in eco-friendly practices. Employees can quickly make or break your company as a result of their knowledge levels and resulting sustainability behaviors.

Green Education Inc. ensures that new/existing employees are modeling and practicing these behaviors by designing and incorporating a customized “Sustainability 101” module into an organization’s Onboarding and New Hire Training processes.

It can be the difference between hiring and working with “Johnny come-lately” wannabe greens or with purposeful, dedicated, green enthusiasts!

Workshop includes: Sustainability Guide & Certificate of Completion

 

“What The Heck is a Green Collar Job? Preparing for Green Career Opportunities.”

The workshop is designed to provide an overview of burgeoning green industries, the related professions, and the training/education required to enter these particular fields.

Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and better define green industry jobs
  • Determine how to pursue/transition to professions in these fields
  • Identify how to prepare for these types of jobs
  • Define what a green job entails and the educational requirements for these jobs
  • Learn about green job boards, green networking groups and creative methods for getting their foot in the door of green organizations.

This workshop delivers critical information required to connect the unemployed and underserved communities to good green jobs and training opportunities.

The green jobs workshop can be delivered in a variety of formats: 2 hour session, ½ day session, or as a weekly training session added to a current curriculum (high schools). The program can be revised to meet the needs of a particular audience, and can be customized to focus on one particular green industry if requested.

Workshop includes: Green Career Guide & Certificate of Completion

Connect Your Clients to Healthy and Energy Efficient Living!

Contractors and vendors will benefit from attending this workshop that defines approaches and tools that can be used to overcome customer resistance toward investment in energy efficient products and services.

The workshop identifies how to communicate return on investment (ROI), life-cycle cost analysis, capitalization rate, and tax effects to help business owners understand the long-term financial benefits of energy efficiency for their operation.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively describe to customers energy efficiency returns on investment
  • Describe to customers the long term financial benefits of energy efficiency benefits
  • Describe the life-cycle of energy efficiency home improvements to customers
  • Conduct and explain the cost analysis of energy efficient improvements

Workshop includes: “Connecting Clients” Guide & Certificate of Completion

Creating a Healthy, Prosperous and Energy Efficient Home

This interactive workshop provides homeowners with valuable information about energy efficiency home improvements and how savings of 10-40% on utility bills can be realized, while tapping into utility rebates of up to $8000!

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Better define “Green & Energy Efficient Homes” and why it is important
  • Recognize energy efficiency repairs for creating a more comfortable & healthier home
  • Describe the benefits of an energy efficient home
  • Define the relation of solar panels to an energy efficient home

Introduction to Renewable Energy and Solar Photovoltaics – 2 Day Session

Pre-Requisite to Fundamentals of Solar PV (Photovoltaics) Training and Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals

Upon completion of 2-day Orientation process, clients are prepared to launch either the 8-day Weatherization Installer/Technician Program or the 8-day Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics Program.

 Course Objectives:

  • Define the Importance of Energy Efficiency and Creating Healthy Buildings and Homes
  • Recognize Solar Power/Systems & Sustainability Approaches
  • Describe the history of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
  • Define the features/benefits of Solar Systems
  • Define the auditing process for weatherizing a home or building
  • Define the steps required for weatherizing and creating an energy efficient home or building
  • Recognize the Sense of Urgency for Safety! Every Minute, Every Day!
  • Describe the Basics of Electricity
  • Demonstrate how to exceed the Customer’s Expectations – Providing Exemplary Sales & Service Experiences
  • Describe how to prepare for Certification/Accreditation Process
  • Identify techniques for meeting your Employer’s Work Expectations
  • Explain how to transition to Volunteer, On-the-Job Shadowing and actual work situations.
  • Identify how to prepare for an interview

Education

COURSE CURRICULA – SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS & RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics

Course duration: 80 hours

The content for this course was derived from the STUDY GUIDE FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM INSTALLERS – NORTH AMERICAN BOARD OF CERTIFIED ENERGY PRACTITIONERS (NABCEP), and from Brian Hurd, President of Hands On Solar.  Knowledge of the information presented, including pertinent sections of the National Electrical Code and appropriate experience and qualifications, are generally required of those applying for and completing the NABCEP certification process.

Includes:  Participant guide & Certificate of Completion.

Photovoltaic Systems (text book), NABCEP Exam Preparation Class and NABCEP Exam are additional charges.

The course objectives include:

  • History of Solar Energy – Describe the history of Solar energy, Photovoltaics, residential, commercial and large utility solar installations.
  • Principles of Solar Energy – Identify sun’s position using sun path diagrams, the differentiation between solar irradiance and irradiation, identifying factors that reduce/enhance solar energy collected by PV array, and determining True south utilizing a Solar Pathfinder.
  • PV Module Fundamentals – Describe how sunlight is converted into electrical power; PV cells, modules, panels and arrays, components and construction for typical flat-plate PV module, calculating efficiency and determining power output per unit area, and identify standards/design qualification testing to ensure safety and reliability of PV modules.
  • System Components – Identify purpose and principles of operation for major PV system components, subsystems, and electrical/mechanical Balance of System (BOS) components required.
  • PV System Sizing – Apply principles, rationale and strategies for sizing stand-along PV systems and utility-interactive PV systems, determining system losses and calculating effect on AC power and energy production, determining maximum/minimum  # of modules that may be used in source circuits and the electrical load required during design period.
  • PV System Electrical Design – Determine how PV modules are configured in series and parallel to build voltage, current and power output, basic principles of PV grounding, applying Ohm’s Law and conductor properties to calculate voltage drop, the requirements for plan review, permitting, inspections, construction contracts and code-compliance for PV systems.
  • PV System Mechanical Design –Identify effects on PV cell operating temperature of environmental conditions, requirements for roofing systems expertise, PV system mechanical design attributes that affect the installation and maintenance of PV arrays, identifying the preferred structural attachments and weather sealing methods, and the importance of PV equipment manufacturers’ instructions with regard to mounting/installation.
  • World Class Sales & Service Techniques – Demonstrate how to effectively communicate the features and benefits of PV systems, conservation and energy efficiency, defining market indicators, value propositions and opportunities for both grid-tied and stand-alone PV system applications. Reselling the customer on their decision to purchase a solar system.

Industries, businesses and job titles related to course offerings:

Industries Businesses job Titles
Solar Energy – Installation, Design & Sales General ContractorsSolar ContractorsRoofing

 

Solar System InstallerSolar Installation TechnicianSolar Systems Designer

Residential Solar Sales

Power System Operator

Education ConsultingCommunity CollegesPrivate Training Schools Training SpecialistField TrainerLead Trainer

Course CurriculA- Green Building and Construction SERIES

 Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals

The content for this course was derived from the Weatherization Assistance Program Standardized Training Curricula’s (Curricula) development, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals was designed to lay the groundwork for new/existing weatherization workers interested in learning and expanding on his/her knowledge of Weatherization.  Topics include “Introduction to Weatherization”, “House as a System”, “Building Science Basics” and much more.

Includes:  Pre-Requisite to Building Green and Construction, Participant guide, Certificate of Completion

Course duration: 96 hours (includes 2 days of field mentoring)

The course objectives include:

  • Define an energy-efficient home
  • Provide an overview of Weatherization Installer/Technician Fundamentals & Building Performance Analysis Jobs & Responsibilities
  • Define a “Day in The Life” of an Energy Efficiency Retrofitter
  • Identify the levels of performance for Installer/Technician and BPI specialist
  • Determine key behaviors and practices to ensure personal safety & safety of others
  • Define key tasks performed during “Test-In” and “Test-Out,” Top to Bottom audit
  • Determine proper set-up for tools and blower door
  • Review key principles of energy and how energy flows through building shell
  • Define the main goals of air leakage control
  • Install air sealing measures; install or patch moisture barriers
  • Identify the characteristics, performance factors and insulation types used in retrofitting process; Install insulation
  • Recognize energy characteristics of windows and doors
  • Introduce the principles and components of gas, propane and oil heaters.
  • Identify energy efficiency principles for lighting and appliances
  • Develop energy efficient cooling strategies
  • Identify types of water-heating systems, energy-efficiency and maintenance issues related to water heating
  • Identify plumbing installation needs
  • Develop and implement a retrofit project work scope under supervision of BPI Contractor
  • Demonstrate appropriate sales/service communication techniques when interacting with customers in their homes.
  • Define the importance of treating clients and their property with respect.

Industries, businesses and job titles related to course offerings:

Industries Businesses job Titles
Green Construction General ContractorsHVAC ContractorsWindow Contractors

Insulation Contractors

 

BPI Energy AuditorHERS  RaterRetrofit Technician

Energy Conservation Representative

HVAC Engineers

Utility Companies General ContractorsHVAC ContractorsInsulation Contractors Field Energy ConsultantEnvironmental Compliance SpecialistEnergy Control Officer
Real Estate Real Estate Inspector Real Estate AppraiserEnergy Efficiency Finance ManagerGreen/Eco Realtor
Education ConsultingCommunity CollegePrivate Training Schools Training SpecialistField TrainerLead Trainer