Green Job Programs Spring Up In Arizona

A lagging economy and the shift toward renewable energy and energy efficiency appear to be combining to spur growth in green-industry certification programs. In the latest indication, Everblue Energy, which calls itself the nation’s premier provider for renewable energy and sustainability training, announced it will begin offering such certification courses at three colleges in the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona next month.

Everblue said in a press release that its classes will include a program that will prepare people to become a LEED Green Associate, which the U.S. Green Building Council describes as “intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.”

Green-industry certification programs, Everblue Energy

image via Everblue Energy

Despite the slowdown in construction in the past couple of years, the LEED programs have continued to flourish. But the Arizona classes aren’t restricted to LEED; the schools will also offer programs through the Building Performance Institute, which sets standards for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. Such programs include Building Analyst, Envelope Professional and AC/Heat Pump Professional.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.