Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301

October 16, 2018
12:00 pm

Participants with a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool will learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Seventhwave: Insulating and Waterproofing High Performance Below-Grade Assemblies

October 16, 2018 to October 17, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
In this one-day course, participants will learn about the challenging task of achieving warm, dry, insulated, and waterproofed high performance, below-grade spaces like basements and underground parking garages in commercial and residential buildings. The course will show how benchtop testing can be used to uncover which waterproofing techniques work.
 

US DOE 2018 - 2019 Better Buildings Webinar Series

October 16, 2018
2:00 pm

Benchmarking Water: New Approaches and Opportunities for Buildings, This webinar features strategies for innovative water metering and analytical methods that allow more effective management of water. The webinar will explain a new opportunity to gain recognition from the Building Owners and Managers Association for benchmarking buildings’ water and waste data.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems

October 17, 2018
12:00 pm

Facilities with extensive heating and cooling requirements can still be water-efficient. Participants will learn how to optimize heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system efficiency to help save water, energy, and money. EPA’s WaterSense program will teach participants how to reduce water waste in cooling towers and steam boilers, optimize chilled water systems, and address equipment that uses single-pass cooling water.

REG: Biodiesel Program & Plant Tour

October 19, 2018
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Wisconsin Clean Cities and the Renewable Energy Group (REG) will provide a program and a tour of the REG Madison biodiesel plant. Participants will see how biodiesel is made and learn about reasons and strategies for fleets to use biodiesel blends, as well as the environmental and economic benefits of biodiesel.

M-WERC: 3rd Annual Microgrids Conference

October 24, 2018

This technical conference will explore the drivers and benefits of microgrids, as well as the design and technologies of microgrid projects. The event will be held at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Center to feature and tour their innovative microgrid project.

US DOE Webinar: Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs

October 31, 2018
12:00 pm
The capabilities and costs of distributed energy technologies continue to evolve rapidly. This webinar will provide tribes with a broad update on recent technological and cost trends for distributed energy. Participants will hear speakers discuss the latest developments in conventional and renewable distributed generation technologies, along with energy storage options that in some cases can make these energy sources more reliable and valuable. Participants will learn unique characteristics of these technologies, find out how they are competing in the marketplace, and understand how to use them separately or combined for the greatest benefit to their tribal community.

US DOE 2018 - 2019 Better Buildings Webinar Series

November 06, 2018

Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K-12 School Districts, This webinar reviews the newest lighting technologies and strategies for K-12 classrooms. Presenters will review economic benefits of tunable lighting, controls, and troffer retrofits to assist with decision-making when upgrading lighting.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

November 12, 2018 to December 16, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses a combination of presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to teach the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types, identify necessary components, and understand the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type. Other topics include evaluating the solar window, investigating energy efficiency recommendations, and researching system costs.

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MREA Online Course: Introduction to Wind Systems

Monday, October 15, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

This self-paced online course uses a combination of recorded presentations, topic resources, webinars, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Participants will continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Participants will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager: Ask the Expert

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ENERGY STAR holds a live webinar for users to ask questions to EPA Portfolio Manager experts. This is a public forum style webinar with a question and answer format.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photvoltaics

Monday, October 8, 2018 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
This self-paced, online course uses a combination of presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to teach the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types, identify necessary components, and understand the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type. Other topics include evaluating the solar window, investigating energy efficiency recommendations, and researching system costs.
 

MREA: Wisconsin Solar Tour

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Join people across Wisconsin on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a state-wide Solar Tour. Homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin will open their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living.

MREA Course: PV Exam Prep

Friday, October 5, 2018
This six-hour course has been created for those ready to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam, or any entry-level exam in photovoltaics. Participants will discuss test-taking strategies, review the logistics of NABCEP exams, and use practice questions to prepare for test day.
 

Seventhwave: HVAC Technology Enhancements for Energy Conservation

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Participants will learn how to achieve the largest energy savings in commercial buildings by focusing on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which account for about 45 - 70% of a building’s energy use. The course focuses on new, energy saving HVAC technologies, improvements, and alternative solutions.

MREA Course: PV System Design

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 to Thursday, October 4, 2018
This two-day course uses a series of presentations, resources, design examples, calculators, tools, and demonstrations to teach participants the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will use site assessments, design and component proposals, and case studies to learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations.
 

MREA Course: PV Site Assessor Training

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
This one-day course uses classroom discussion, exercises, and activities to demonstrate how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business, using the MREA PV Site Assessment Report Template.
 
Topics covered include: load analysis and consumption history, energy efficiency recommendations, mounting options, balance of system location requirements, shade analysis, system sizing, financial analysis and options, and non-financial benefits of PV. Participants will learn how to access and use online tools for assessing the solar resource, perform site-specific shade analysis, recommend system size and location, calculate energy production, estimate system costs, and identify available PV rebates and incentives.
 

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