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Green Building and Alternative Energy Education Now Offered

Release Date: 12/19/2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President 
Carroll Community College




Westminster, Md., Dec. 19, 2008 - Carroll Community College is launching a new partnership with the Green Building Institute to bring green building and alternative energy education to Carroll County. Classes are for the general public to industry professionals.

Energy efficiency is becoming a national priority and with the cost of energy increasing it is quickly becoming an individual and community priority. These classes begin the process of learning more about what we, as individuals and communities can do. Plans are underway to develop industry specific training related to green building and sustainable practices for businesses and industries.

Green Building Institute, located in Jessup, MD, is a non-profit organization committed to fostering sustainable building practices through education and example in order to see a world where the built environment enhances the natural environment. Located in a 100 year old farmhouse that has been redesigned and refurbished to use solar energy, building design to enhance air flow, water conservation and to support the use of clean renewable resources for products, GBI is an example of sustainable practices.

Watch for these and more classes in partnership with GBI throughout the coming year. All courses are held at the Washington Road Campus.

Going Green
Does going 'green' have you seeing red? Sort the hype from the facts and learn what it all means for YOU. Explore what it means to go 'green' at home or work and clarify the meaning of commonly used 'green' terms. Discuss a range of topics such as rainwater harvesting, alternate energy sources, 'peak oil' and its effect on energy prices, methods to evaluate your home and ways to upgrade your home to make it environmentally friendly. No question is too simple!
Cost: $55 (MD Senior Adults: $55)
Course #: XXZ-569-A3
Sun., Jan. 25, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Instructor Stan Sersen received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland in 1978, specializing in environmental design, solar engineering, and structural engineering. He is a licensed Architect in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and earned the Reserve Specialist (RS) designation from Community Association's Institute and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED®AP) Certification from the US Green Building Council. He has over 30 years of building experience as a Forensic Architect and a Certified Home Inspector. His work with the National Solar Data Network, as a solar analyst on passive and active solar designs, and his extensive experience on construction projects of all types allow him to combine Energy design with construction experience.

Intro to Home Energy Audits
Now is the time to save energy and save money too! You may want an audit or you may be able to increase energy efficiency in your home without one. Learn about the features and benefits of different types of energy audits and how to prepare for one. Discuss common misconceptions and what you should look for in an energy auditor. This information could save you dollars!
Cost: $55 (MD Senior Adults: $55)
Course #: XXZ-570-A3
Sun., Mar. 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Instructor Jim Conlon has a degree in Biology from Loyola University, Chicago with a concentration on Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management. His professional experience includes real estate, advertising and renewable energy marketing. Jim completed the Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater Training Course in the fall of '06. He enjoys spending time on residential energy conservation and efficiency as an integration of his academic and professional experiences. Jim recently started his new business, Elysian Energy, LLC, which focuses on analyzing energy usage to determine best course of action to reduce energy usage and bills

Intro to Solar Energy Systems - Photovoltaics (PV) & Hot Water
Sort out the facts about solar energy systems and how you can integrate them into your home. Discuss the differences between residential solar power and solar hot water systems, how solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how solar photovoltaic home systems help against rising utility costs. Learn how a grid-tied solar electric system works, what components are needed, the kind of house or roof needed for a solar electric system and answer the all important question, "What are the costs?"
Cost: $55 (MD Senior Adults: $55)
Course #: XXZ-644-A4
Wed., Apr. 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Instructor, Jeff Gilbert, Chief Technical Officer for Chesapeake Solar, LLC, is a consulting Mechanical Engineer with 12 years of experience in renewable energy systems design, analysis, and installation. He began by installing and maintaining solar hot water, solar pool heating, and geothermal heat pump systems, and then became a Wind Energy Analyst for a contractor of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Jeff has a natural propensity for invention and design and has built many unique solar cookers, one of which won first place in Home Power magazine's 1994 international design contest. He is also the inventor of two economic high performance heat exchangers for solar pool heating applications.

Smart Water Use
Get smart about using water and reduce water consumption by 50 - 100% through water harvesting. Learn how to collect rain, grey, storm and condensation water then use it efficiently for your home and business. Rainwater harvesting captures rain and reuses it as close as possible to where it falls. Greywater harvesting directs water from household sink, bathtub, shower, and washing machine drains into the soils of the landscape where it is naturally filtered and reused. Storm water harvesting directs street runoff to passively irrigate shading street trees and rain gardens and condensation harvesting redirects the condensation from air conditioners. Discuss how these processes work hand in hand to reduce water consumption and how they can be implemented in your home or business.
Cost: $55 (MD Senior Adults: $55)
Course #: XXZ-645-A4
Thu., May 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Instructor Paul Bassett, founder of Hydro-Logix Solutions, Inc., has been involved with the irrigation industry for over 17 years. Many years of field experience have provided him with a solid understanding of and proficiency in irrigation design and construction. He holds multiple certifications from the Irrigation Association and is currently recognized as a Certified Irrigation Designer (CID) with Commercial & Residential specialties, Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA). He is now a certified instructor, providing training throughout the United States. In addition, he is recognized by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED(TM) Accredited Professional and has been involved with numerous LEED(TM) certified and registered projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Indoor Air Quality
The EPA estimates that indoor air may be 2 - 5 times as polluted as outdoor air. Paint, carpets, cleaning compounds and more affect the air quality inside your home. Learn how to improve your indoor air quality by reducing exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and how to let your home work more as a system by synchronizing the benefits of indoor air quality, health, energy savings, and sustainability. VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, including a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors and these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, or when they are stored.
Cost: $55 (MD Senior Adults: $55)
Course #: XXZ-646-A4
Wed., Jun. 3, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Instructor, Eugene "Gene" Swier is A "Reach Green" partner, businessman, writer/author, inventor, and internationally recognized Construction Safety Engineer and former Town Energy Coordinator with over 35 years experience and nearly 4,000 property inspections with a holistic approach to the assessment of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Neighborhood Environmental issues.

To register, call Continuing Education & Training at 410-386-8100 or go to


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