Fracking: Fracturing Maryland?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:19
Posted in category Clean Energy News, Renewables

No FrackingThe case to ban fracking is growing more popular in a society that is becoming more environmentally aware. Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is defined as the process in which “fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.” While fracking has its advantages, politics is strongly divided over this issue.

The state of Maryland faces a split in opinions over this energy source; Read the rest of this entry »

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    Gateway to Green Building – LEED Green Associate

    Monday, April 21, 2014 11:27


    Getting a LEED certification is not just a way of demonstrating a commitment to environmental wellness; it’s also a way of enhancing the asset value of a building.

    More than 30 major cities across the US enacted disclosure requirements last year, requiring commercial building owners to disclose green building performance metrics. With the focus of the green building industry gaining importance, the practice of greening a building spans from existing constructions to new design projects.

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      The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 17:14

      The Best Investment You'll Ever MakeBusiness owners, investors and entrepreneurs will parrot the saying until the end of time: “You have to spend money to make money.” Counterintuitive, perhaps, when it first hits the ears, but it is one of the few steadfast truisms of commerce, when done right. Businesses aren’t the only beneficiaries of this stream of logic. Individuals have countless options to strategically allocate their spending to see impressive returns. And no, I’m not talking about stock options.

      I’m talking about you, yourself, and your skills. You are, after all, your most valuable asset. Invest correctly in yourself and you’ll experience the most sustainable, risk-free gain of any expense you’ve ever incurred. Read the rest of this entry »

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        Push Coming to Shove For Those Seeking to Take LEED Exam

        Monday, March 31, 2014 16:26

        LEED v4 exam prep

        LEED version 4 is approaching, and with it comes a suite of changes to the exam content, material and format. Individuals who have passed the test before the changeover, which occurs in June, will be grandfathered into the updated designation without having to retest. Considering the extent of the modifications, many candidates are hurrying to sit for the exam while it is still in the decidedly more manageable version 3 format.

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          White Paper: The Value of Vocational Education

          Friday, March 28, 2014 13:07
          Posted in category White Papers

          ROI of vocational educationVocational training programs have a superior return on investment when compared with all other educational paths, and are in high demand for today’s workforce. Despite these facts, government funding for education is disproportionately allotted to degrees and credentials that are not as pertinent to the modern employment landscape. Current allocations of federal expenditures toward education are incompatible with the needs of the labor force, and the effects of this misallocation could prove detrimental to the American economy.

          An examination of student outcomes for CleanEdison’s vocational training programs illustrates the value of middle-skills education, particularly with regard to the clean energy industries. The credentials that result from these short-form education programs are well-rewarded in industries that are seeing major growth, such as manufacturing and renewable energy.

          As the employment needs of the American economy evolves, so should the educational programs that are preparing learners for the jobs that need them. Read the rest of this entry »

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            Lean Six Sigma Simplified

            Monday, March 24, 2014 16:42
            Posted in category Lean Six Sigma

            Lean Six Sigma certificationDeveloped in manufacturing environments in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Lean and Six Sigma are improvement processes focused on quality and waste elimination. Combined into a synergistic system of procedural control called Lean Six Sigma, the methods in these programs are applicable to industrial, manufacturing, transactional and customer service processes. As a flexible methodology for eliminating inefficiencies and harnessing superior practices, Lean Six Sigma has proven to create value in a variety of industries. Read the rest of this entry »

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              Becoming a certified Professional Engineer

              Thursday, March 13, 2014 14:00
              Posted in category Certifications

              If you’re reading this, you should already have taken your FE exam, obtained your FE certification and piled up enough years of professional experience. Those of you who did not fulfill these criteria yet might still wonder what does becoming a PE mean, how to become PE certified and ultimately how will this boost your career? But first, what is a Professional Engineer? Being PE certified means that you are licensed to practice engineering in a particular state after meeting all the requirements of the law, as simple as that. Read the rest of this entry »

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                Getting your FE exam

                Tuesday, March 11, 2014 15:39
                Posted in category Certifications

                Before going further, it is important to know what exactly is the Fundamentals of Engineering or FE exam. The FE exam is the second of four steps that will allow you to become a Professional Engineer (PE).  Professionals that wish to become PE must earn a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, pass their FE exam, gain four years of work experience and finally pass their PE exam. FE and PE exams are administered by the NCEES, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The FE is a computer based exam and contains 110 multiple-choice questions and is 6 hours long, including break. Read the rest of this entry »

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                  How the Military is (Indirectly) Fueling the Solar Industry

                  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:28
                  Posted in category Energy Efficiency

                  Obama Solar MilitaryIf ever there was a champion of efficiency, the military would be it. Energy efficiency is no exception to this generalization. As The Solar Foundation (TSF) and Operation Free tell us in a recent Veterans in Solar report, the U.S. military has scaled up its use of distributed renewable energy technologies, at home and in combat zones, to strengthen energy security and improve operational costs and capabilities.

                  Always occupying a certain crest on the waves of technological innovation, the American military has made efforts toward energy independence, bolstered by a Department of Defense (DoD) mandate to use renewable power for 25% of total facility energy consumption by 2025. Read the rest of this entry »

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                    Expert Series: Avoiding Shade in Solar PV Installs

                    Monday, March 3, 2014 12:30

                    Another Expert Series video from CleanEdison. Solar expert Michael Cafiero gives a detailed example of how a little shade can do a lot of damage to the output of your solar PV system installation.

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