Since Ecotech Institute opened in Aurora, Colorado, there's been buzz in the media about its unique positioning as the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in renewable energy and energy efficiency—with practical, hands–on training designed to meet the demands of cleantech employers.
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This is a question-and-answer session between energy author Chris Martenson* and students at Ecotech Institute in Denver, Colorado. The moderator is Shawn Lamb, Ecotech Institute Program Director for Energy Efficiency and Wind Energy Technology, two of the associate's degree programs offered at the college.
Bloomberg's "Ag and Energy Report" featured the Clean Jobs Index in a recent broadcast. The Clean Jobs Index is an online tool to compare states' use and development of clean energy and energy efficiency. It is also an objective source for updated information on jobs in the U.S. clean economy sector.
The Clean Jobs Index was developed by Ecotech Institute, a two-year college specializing in preparing students for careers in clean energy and energy efficiency. The Index provides information useful to policy makers, job seekers, students, clean energy employers, industry experts, economic development professionals and environmental advocates.
Ecotech Institute is the recipient of the 2013 Sustainability Award presented by the City of Aurora (Col.) during their Business Recognition Awards.
Michael Seifert, President of Ecotech Institute, discusses the two-year college which specializes in preparing students for careers in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Of particular interest is the LEED Gold certified campus building, a renovation project which includes solar and wind power generation and other energy efficient features.
On Dec. 18, 2012, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, celebrated the commissioning of its 10,000th megawatt (MW) of wind energy. Two Ecotech Institute graduates, Larry Smith and Chris Allgood, are interviewed in this video about the wind farm in Limon. Altogether, NextEra Energy Resources' North American wind energy fleet is capable of generating enough electricity to power a city the size of Chicago.
Austin, Texas is building on a green economy that has thrived for years in this Sunbelt wonder city. View a video from CoolAustinJobs.com about the growth in green and cleantech industry jobs.
Last year, the clean energy sector grew two times as fast as the overall economy. Clean energy is strengthening the U.S. economy, creating American jobs, allowing for energy independence and lessening our carbon footprint.
On the occasion of the first graduation of Ecotech Institute, former governor Bill Ritter delivered the commencement address to graduates in Denver, Colorado (13:40).
A transcript of the commencement address is available here.
Katie Trexler, host of TV's "It's Your Business," talks about preparing for a career in renewable energy with Ecotech Institute's Kolby Chase (2:29).
Looking for the best renewable energy college? Hear why Ecotech Institute delivers firsthand from wind energy, solar, and renewable energy students. (5:21)
Tom Martino and Glenn Wilson, Ecotech Institute's Dean of Academics, discuss the cleantech/green job market and the school's role in preparing graduates for those careers. Not only does Ecotech teach the technical side, but the "soft skills" needed such as communication and teamwork. (7:01)
Colorado Biz TV's Mike Cote speaks with Bryan Blakely of Aurora Economic Development Council on the site selection process for the school and how a former Amazing Jakes location was transformed in the process. "We have workforce needs and Ecotech plays a key role in helping fill that need. It's a winâ€“win." (2:06)
KWGN-2 News reporter Greg Nieto talks with a 54-year old man who believes in lifelong learning and retraining "for the new energy economy." (2:22)
Aurora News Weekly reports on the official opening with comments from Avy Stein, Chairman of the Board for Education Corporation of America (ECA); Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer, who noted the school's significant capital investment in its campus; and Tom Moore, CEO for ECA. (3:32)