Ecotech Institute Graduate to Speak at Denver Switch event, Offering Her Ideas for Intelligent Recycling: Creating Treasures from Trash

Event showcases fast-paced TEDx-style presentations on sustainable energy ideas

Denver, Colo. - May 12, 2015 - On Thursday, May 14, Yvette Alley, an Ecotech Institute graduate, will join ten other speakers at Denver's second annual switch event, highlighting sustainable energy ideas. This event gives energy change-makers a few minutes each to present their ideas for social change and industry innovation. Yvette will present on a topic she first wrote a paper on while attending Ecotech Institute, intelligent recycling and vehicle sustainability. She wants companies to start thinking of ways to build a truly smart car, one that uses recycled metals. One idea for this is using the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group near Phoenix, the site of many miles of retired military aircraft.

"These lightweight defense grade metals can be repurposed for a breed of high sustainability electric and hybrid vehicles minimizing body weight and elevating their value and appeal," said Yvette. "These metals can be repurposed for a premium line of small footprint vehicles. Cleaning up the ‘Bone Yard' would also free valuable real estate for military training grounds, plus solar and wind farms for energy production."

Yvette says she first thought of this idea during a sustainability class at Ecotech Institute, where students were required to submit an idea for Ford Motor Company on how to become more sustainable in production. Through this process recycling and repurposing has become a passion for Yvette. She has served on a sustainability planning committee in Lakewood, Colo. and now she wants to move to the next great "gold" mines within the landfills, scrap yards and junk yards around the world.

"I do not believe we need to extract raw materials any longer, and I believe it prudent to look at the materials that have already been extracted and produced that are lying in waste around the world," said Yvette. "The materials have already been produced, and can be reproduced into other things. It seems ridiculous to be extracting any more materials from the earth. Recycling can be a big booming and very lucrative industry, if it is done correctly."

Yvette graduated from Ecotech Institute in the fall 2014 with a degree in Energy Efficiency. Today she's working in the energy distribution sector where she currently designs systems for distributing gas and electric systems to customers. Long term she has dreams of helping multiple disciplines recycle and repurpose materials.

To hear her, and others, speak at the switch event tickets are available now and did sell out last year.

Switch~ at The Alliance Center

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Showtime at 7:00 p.m.

The Alliance Center 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver



To watch a highlight video from last year's switch event click here. For more information on Ecotech Institute, visit For more information about a career in energy efficiency, download Ecotech Institute's eBook at

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Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.