A few weeks ago, we told you about the New American House project, a great opportunity to have green, sustainable community right here in the Lineberry area. The City of Raleigh recently announced it now offers a green building certification program to construction professionals. See the details below for more information.
CITY OF RALEIGH ANNOUNCES GREEN BUILDING TRAINING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability has developed a Green Building Training Certification and Community Education Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus package.
Through the Green Building Training Program, the Office of Sustainability will offer classes and certifications for a $25 refundable fee per class to construction professionals. Participants must have a business license with the City of Raleigh to participate in the program. The courses will include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, solar panel installation, solar thermal installation, green plumbing, sustainable landscaping and HERS (Home Energy Rater System), among others. Classes are to begin mid-May and will run through December 2012.
The Green Building Training Program will empower small businesses with the tools and skills to market themselves in the burgeoning green economy. It will also ensure that Raleigh has a skilled workforce trained in cutting edge technologies, enabling the City and its residents to build greener and smarter.
The City of Raleigh is currently working with Wake Technical Community College to develop and broaden course offerings for the Green Building Training. “This program will offer small businesses the opportunity to diversify their services and to be relevant in the growing green economy,” said Luther Williams, manager of the City of Raleigh’s Business Assistance Program.
“We believe that this program is the first of its kind,” said City Sustainability Manager Paula Thomas. “It has the potential to really transform our building economy and to position Raleigh as a leader in sustainability.”
For more information about the City of Raleigh Green Building Training Program, visit www.raleighnc.gov/SustainableRaleigh or call 996-3840. For information regarding the EECBG, visit http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/.