As communities and companies increasingly focus on conducting their affairs in a sustainable manner, they are searching for employees with training in these areas.
Many colleges and universities are offering programs designed to help you launch a career in sustainability. Programs cover a wide range of fields such as environmental sciences, engineering, energy management and other areas.
Specialized training in trades designed to help you work in clean energy is also available at an increasing number of institutions. If you want to be a solar installer, you can find courses and certification from a national accreditation agency. If you are more interested in becoming an energy auditor, or being qualified to retrofit homes, those programs are widely available as well. Here are a few resources to help you get started:
Searching for the right Environmental Science degree program can be a time-consuming task. This website: http://www.environmentalsciencedegree.com is designed to help prospective students find information about Environmental Science degree programs across the country just by visiting one site.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) calls itself the “gold standard” for PV and solar heating installation certification. Designed to raise industry standards and promote consumer confidence, NABCEP offers certification and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. Learn more at: http://www.nabcep.org/
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. The group says it is helping build an industry, create a workforce, and support programs through professional certification, contractor accreditation, and quality assurance services. Learn more at: http://www.bpi.org/