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2  Put simply: The ultimate goal of any educational endeavor is to provide information and knowledge in the appropriate format that allows the student to understand the options and make the best informed decisions.

3  Renewable Green Energy Company based in Palm Beach County that was formed for the sole purpose of creating and providing Green Energy educational platforms and programs.  The Company and the Educational Team are headed by a Doctorate of Education, 4 Masters Level Educators and 3 Green Energy Industry Specialists.  The Company currently provides Green Educational Programs (RSP Green™) for the individual consumer, educational institutions, corporations, developers, municipalities and green job seekers.  The Company’s management is on the Board of Directors for the National Green Energy Council.  The Company has two (2) NSF Educational Grants Pending  The Company is currently collaborating with the GEC to open the Nation’s 1 st Green Energy Resource Center in Downtown West Palm Beach by April 2010


5 Cap and Trade - market-based policy tool for curbing carbon emissions. First, an environmental regulator sets an aggressive cap or maximum limit on carbon emission allowance. Then, emission sources are given the opportunity to design their own compliance strategy to meet the overall reduction requirement. This includes the sale or purchase of carbon credits, installation of pollution controls, and implementation of efficiency measures, among other options. Carbon Credits- part of the cap and trade approach to reducing emissions. Credits serve as the units of carbon emissions that can be purchased and sold between participating sources (companies, countries, etc.) in order to meet the cap on carbon emissions allowance. Example: If Company A generates 100 tons of emissions over the cap and Company B generates 100 tons under the cap, Company A can buy credits from Company B in order to meet the cap. Carbon Footprint- the impact that human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced through energy use, travel, food choices, etc., measured in tons of carbon dioxide. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)- is a regulation that requires the increased production of energy from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal. Another common name for the same concept is renewable electricity standard (RES).regulationenergy renewable energy sourceswindsolarbiomassgeothermal Feed- In Tariff - is a policy mechanism designed to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources. It typically includes three key provisions: 1) guaranteed grid access, 2) long-term contracts for the electricity produced, and 3) purchase prices that are methodologically based on the cost of renewable energy generation. [3]renewable energy [3] Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) - is a legal contract between an electricity generator and a power purchaser. The power purchaser purchases energy, and sometimes also capacity and/or ancillary services, from the electricity generator. Such agreements play a key role in the financing of independently owned (i.e. not owned by a utility) electricity generating assets.utility Carbon Neutral - refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.carbon emissions

6 Net Metering- Electricity generated by Solar PV above the needed amount is credited back to the household generating it in monies by the utility company. Green Collar Jobs- jobs within both environmental and conventional industries that incorporate sustainable practices and materials. Green collar jobs contribute to environmental protection and restoration. DSIRE – Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy & Efficiency IREC- Interstate Renewable Energy Council NAPCEP - North American Board of Certified Engineers and Practitioners FSEC – Florida Solar Energy Council NEED Project - National Energy Education Development Project Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ( EERE ) Green Technology Definitions- Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Wind Turbine, Geo-Thermal… Sustainability - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

7 Navigating the Educational Green Landscape What are the specific needs and requirements of the intended audience or participant? WWW.IRECUSA.ORG 2009

8 DSIRE: Department of Energy: Florida Solar Energy Center: www.fsec.ucf Interstate Renewable Energy Council: North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners: Association of Energy Engineers: U.S. Green Building Council: Green Energy Council: Department of Labor: www.fsec.ucf


10  Retail information; i.e., Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  Library Resources  Internet Resources (see list of affiliates)  Installation Companies  Environmental Groups  Community Seminars  Industry Workshops  Private Green Tech Educational Companies  Community College Extended Educational Programs  Workforce Advocacy Groups

11 What makes (Geothermal) heat pumps over 300% efficient? A geothermal system is the total comfort system with the lowest overall cost. With most ordinary systems, overall operating costs are based on the efficiency of more than one system - a fossil fuel furnace, a central air conditioner and a water heater. With a geothermal system, all operations are handled by one system, assuring that efficiency and savings are achieved in all areas. In addition, system maintenance and life span should not be overlooked. For instance, ordinary systems frequently require regular maintenance for the furnace and the air conditioner. However, a geothermal system requires little or no maintenance beyond periodic checks and filter changes. When faced with the purchase of a new heating, cooling, and water heating system, you have two choices; either burn money with an ordinary system or save it with a geothermal system. Heating Cycle During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit. The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system. Cooling Cycle For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home. HEATING COOLING

12  Department of Education NEED Project K-12 Energy Educational Program devised by a national team of educators.  BA Degrees in Sustainability Management and Environmental Studies; i.e., Warren University, University of North Carolina, UCF, University of Maine, Washington State University.  Universities/Colleges that are creating multiple pathways to Renewable Green Energy Degree Programs and living laboratories; i.e., Lane Community College, State University of New York (SUNY), North Carolina State University (DSIRE), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Wayne State University, University of Nevada, Stanford University, Auburn University.  Colleges offering Extended Educational Programs (Non-Degree) that are accredited.  Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) credentialed programs sanctioned by IREC offered through either public or private organizations.  Internet Programs.

13 AACC American Association of Community Colleges AASCU American Association of State Colleges & Universities AASHE Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ACCED-I Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors - International ACE American Council on Education ACPA College Student Educators International ACUHO-I Association of College & University Housing Officers International AGB Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges APPA Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers CCCU Council of Christian Colleges & Universities NACA National Association for Campus Activities NACUBO National Association of College & University Business Officers NAEP National Association of Educational Procurement NAICU National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities NIRSA National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association SCUP Society for College & University Planning Committed to the advancement of sustainability throughout higher education

14  NABCEP Introduction to PV Solar Installations  Private/Public Sector Provider Programs; i.e., GEC, Boots on the Roof, BioSolutions, FSEC, etc.  Community Resource Outreach Programs; i.e., Workforce Alliance, City of WPB, GERC  Colleges providing Certification Programs (non- degree) as Extended Learning-PBCC  Company Green Educational Offerings and Apprenticeships (OJT)  Department of Labor, Union and Veterans Sponsored Programs  On Line Sponsored Internet Green Training Programs

15 Solar Thermal Workshops Workshop TitleDatesLocationPriceDurationStatus Solar Hot Water Feb. 18 - 20, 2009 Fontana, CA $ 5953 days[FULL] Solar Hot Water March 30 - April 2, 2009 Guemes Island, WA $ 7454 days[FULL] Solar Hot Water May 18 - 22, 2009 Carbondale, CO $ 8955 days[FULL] Solar Hot Water Sept. 8 - 11, 2009 Carbondale, CO $7454 days[FULL] Workshop TitleDatesLocationPriceDurationStatus Solar & Radiant Heating Systems Sept. 14 - 16 Carbondale, CO $6953 dayscall to register Solar Electricity Workshops Workshop Title Dates LocationPriceDurationStatus ST101: Solar Hot Water Participants in this workshop will learn theory, design considerations, and installation techniques necessary to install and maintain a solar domestic hot water system. ST201: Solar & Radiant Heating Systems Become a part of the burgeoning radiant heating industry and a rapidly growing solar marketplace. This 3 day course provides critical information to design practical and efficient solar and radiant heating systems for energy and cost savings with the comfort of under floor heating. PV100: Photovoltaic Design & Installation This workshop is great for people who are seeking employment within the growing solar industry, wanting to install it on their own home, or interested in learning more about this amazing technology. Available in 2-week and 6-day sessions, this course teaches the technical skills necessary to design and safely install all 3 types of solar-electric systems: batteryless grid-tie, grid-tie with battery back-up, and stand-alone systems. The two-week sessions of this class include 5 days in the classroom and 5 days of hands-on installation in the PV Lab yard. 6 day sessions include 4 days in the classroom and 2 days of hands-on installation or labs. All the same topics are covered, however the 2 week workshops are more in-depth.



18 COLLAR TECH  Solar & PV Installations  Solar Community Installations Electrician  Power Systems Operator  Engineering Intern  PV Solar Cell Designer  Solar Operations Engineer  Solar Energy Engineer  Solar Commercial Engineer  Smart Grid Engineer


20 Renewable Energy Financing Green Jobs Educational Opportunities The Trifecta The Green Energy & Sustainability Educational Initiative for the City of West Palm Beach The Goal: The goal of this initiative is to establish an educational “green pathway” to assist WPB and it’s citizens for job opportunities and responsible energy consumption that will come forth as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Current Federal & State Rebate and Tax Credits are available for any Renewable Energy Project

21  10 hrs of mandatory city employee Green & Sustainability Training funded by the City  Creation of an Green Energy Educational Menu for the citizens of the community updated quarterly  Creation of a Green Job Data Bank in collaboration with the City of West Palm Beach, Workforce Alliance and other community organizations  Support, endorse and utilize the resources of the Green Energy Resource Center and other educational outlets  Create 5 Green Energy Retrofit Projects utilizing residents of the City of West Palm Beach for 2010  Participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar City program this year for the City of West Palm Beach  Developed a fully staffed and funded Office of Sustainability by the end of 2010  Other suggestions??

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