Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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PCC’s Sustainability Training for Technical Educators Grant is a "train the trainer" model, funded by the National Science Foundation. We are dedicated to improving educators’ knowledge of sustainability issues, trends, technologies, and industry best practices, with a focus on Architecture Design and Drafting, Interior Design, Building Construction Technology, and Facilities Maintenance Technology. We will help instructors throughout the Northwest update their knowledge and revise their course curriculum to meet the needs of students and industry. We hope these efforts will create a community of technical educators, by providing a venue for interaction and dissemination of educational materials through the development of a regional Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Center dedicated to green building. The long-term goal of PCC and its partners is to supply regional building and design-related industries with high quality workers skilled in sustainable development technologies who understand and appreciate the need for sustainable practices.

2013 Portland Summer Sustainability Institute

The Summer Sustainability Institute is a week-long program for high school and college-level educators who want to learn about sustainable design and building practices and revise their curriculum.

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June 24th – 28th, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013
Portland Community College
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Are you a high school or college instructor interested in adding and integrating sustainability into your curricula? Are you teaching in fields related to design, build or operations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington or northern California?

Join us for the 2013 Portland Summer Sustainability Institute (SSI) presenting leading-edge speakers and strategies in design, building and operations with a focus on Universal Design and its applications. With an aging American population intent on remaining independent and with injured veterans returning home, we present a timely training opportunity for educators.

Hosted by Portland Community College (PCC) with funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2013 Portland Summer Sustainability Institute is a five-day training event for educators in technical fields that design, operate and build for aging, veteran and disabled communities - or those interested in learning more. PCC's Technical Education program in Landscaping, Operations, Construction and Architectural Design/ Drafting/Interior Design (LOCATE) supports instructors in these fields to develop and update their curriculum in order to prepare students for careers related to green building.

The SSI concludes with a one-day Summit on Friday, August 23, at which participants will submit their curriculum changes and receive additional support and resources for their course revisions. Participants will receive all necessary course materials and a stipend of $500 upon their completion of the SSI.