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The Ideal Facility Manager

August 14, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

“An ideal facility manager must have Aristotle’s logic and Solomon’s wisdom, a priest’s discretion and a gambler’s poker face, a lawyer’s shrewdness and a marketing director’s charm, a gladiator’s guts, a marathon runner’s perseverance and a sprinter’s speed, a leatherneck’s toughness and a dancer’s agility, lots of good luck and 30 hours per day.”  ~Unknown Source

A couple of months ago, we established that Facilities Managers are not janitors. But I don’t like defining things by what they’re not. So let’s take another look at what it takes to play the role of a facility manager.

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No CommentsTags: Ecotech Students · Facility Management · Green Jobs

Huge Surge in U.S. Clean Energy Jobs

August 07, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

In a recent blog post, I discussed how there were 6.5 million people employed worldwide in renewable energy in 2013—a 14% increase from 2012. (Cue late-night infomercial voice…) But wait, there’s more!=

We just reviewed employment data from our free online tool, the Clean Jobs Index, for the past year. The Jobs category of the Clean Jobs Index uses actual clean economy job numbers for each state, as provided by Burning Glass, a management-owned company founded by scientists and dedicated to leading technologies for matching people with jobs. Data is cross-referenced to “green jobs,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Drum roll, please…)

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Economics · Green Jobs

Meet the Brains behind the “Energy Moonshot”

July 31, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

You’ve probably heard of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or as Fast Company’s Jessica Leber elaborates, “the military’s research agency that funds the development of mind-reading science, cyborgs, and deadly robots.” But have you heard of ARPA-E? As you might can guess from the title of this article, the “E” stands for Energy. Indeed, ARPA-E is the U.S. Department of Energy’s analog to DARPA, and it’s only five years old.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Energy Efficiency · Renewable Energy · Solar Energy

Will Cosmos’ Success Inspire Science and Sustainability Education?

July 25, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

What's out of this world and received 12 Emmy award nominations? Well, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, of course!

The now-completed first season of this popular 13-part series is both a tribute to Carl Sagan's classic original – and a much-needed 30+ year update. When the premier episode gathered 8.5 million viewers nationally and total audience of 40 million viewers worldwide, it was clear the "Ship of the Imagination" had a successful re-launch.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Higher Education · Science

Wind energy student networks with U.S. Senator

July 24, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

Not many college students can say they've rubbed elbows with senators. But, Ecotech Institute's own Mia Desmedt is able to say just that. She met U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado at an event for women in energy hosted at RES Americas headquarters this past May.

The event, where Mia also met U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, gave women in Colorado's wind industry the opportunity to discuss the latest industry news and network. Mia, a student in Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program, was one of the only students in attendance and shared some insights from attending her first industry event.

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Ecotech Students · Sustainability · Wind Energy