This Week’s Regional Energy Events

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February 18, 2015: VT Rural Development Summit: Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change; 8:00-5:00 Vermont Technical College, Randolph

February19, 2015: Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) Training; 3:00 – 6:00 PM, Marlboro Graduate Center

February 23, 2015: Energy Self-Reliant Communities in Germany; 7:00-8:30; Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls

February 26, 2015: Monthly SEON Board of Directors Meeting; 4:30-6:00; SEON Conference Room; 532 Putney Rd.

March 3-5, 2015: NESEA Annual Conference “Building Energy 15″ Boston, MA

March 5, 2015: Energy Issues in Existing Homes, Parts 1 & 2.  A training course for Real Estate Professionals in VT & NH, 9:00 – 1:30, Marlboro Graduate Center.

March 10, 2015: Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) Training

March 11, 2015: Green Night – Western Mass Green Consortium, 5-7, Clarion Hotel, Northampton, MA.

 

Peter Yost named NAHB Green Building Educator of the Year

Peter Yost, Principal and Vice President of Technical Services at BuildingGreen and SEON Board Member, was the recipient of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 2014 Educator of the Year award at the 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19, 2015

NAHB honored four individuals (covering 4 categories) who had excelled in teaching NAHB education courses to builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals through its annual Educator of the Year awards.  “The Educator of the Year honorees are being recognized for their dedication and longstanding commitment to elevating the home building industry through education,” said NAHB Education Chair Vince Butler.  “By sharing their expertise and serving as mentors, they give builders, remodelers and others the knowledge to better serve the needs of their clients, delivering the latest information and training available.”

“NAHB’s Educators of the Year do more than teach the course material,” Butler said.  “They inspire students by incorporating their personal experiences into their teaching and provide students with new tools to be successful.  They motivate students to reach the next stage of their careers by encouraging them to earn a NAHB designation, and they act as a resource students can turn to for advice in the future.”

Locally, Peter is well known for his consulting, writing, and research capabilities, his facilitating SEON’s Building Science Guild’s Advanced Learning Circle, developing and training “Advancing Green Building and Building Science: the Keys to Managing Moisture” and “Zero Energy Remodeler”, teaching at Yale, and developing a hybrid online/direct contact course for high school science, stem, and career center students on “How a House Works.”

Congratulations Peter.  Very well deserved.  You have increased the knowledge and skills of many of us in the profession.

SEON’s Programs on Brattleboro Community TV

Brattleboro Community TV has now made available  all tapings of SEON’s Public Forums in one location:  http://www.brattleborotv.org/watch/video-library?keys=SEON&field_show_production_date_value%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&field_tags_tid=&=Search

Another way to access if you misplace this link is go to brattleborotv.org; Click “Watch BCTV, then Video Library, and enter SEON as a keyword.

Thank you Brattleboro Community TV

SEON included as a Vital Project for Windham Dounty region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), the economic development organization behind the CEDS, announced the plan’s top dozen projects during a press event at the River Garden on January 12.  The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) was one of the 12 making  the list:  http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=11442&page=1#.VLfWrXk5Bjo

The selection team recognized the critical role SEON plays to develop the “Green Building Products, Services, and Research” Industry Cluster in the effort to transform our local economy.  SEON not only hopes to serve as the coordinating hub for the project, but currently is the premier organization providing learning systems to this region’s green energy practitioners through its Building Science Guild and the invaluable assistance of Peter Yost from BuildingGreen, Inc.  SEON serves a key networking role by representing this region’s “Green” assets to prospective entrepreneurs and businesses interested in locating to an area rich with intellectual, natural, technology assets.

 

Green Building Products and Services Value Chain in Windham County

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy has completed the Comprehensive Economic Strategy (CEDS) and filed the report to the Economic Development Administration in Washington.  A key findings was the identification of the Green Building Products and Services industry sector as an emerging opportunity in Windham County.  Given the presence of BuildingGreen, Inc., the Healthy Building Network, local entrepreneurs, cutting edge practical lab and field research, committed high performance contractors, and the engagement of SEON to provide the infrastructure led to this conclusion.  The attachment captures the overall network of this emerging cluster.

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