Sustainability Training for Technical Educators

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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.

The 2012 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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Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13
Portland Community College
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Sustainable development continues to be a priority in industry and education. Portland Community College's Landscape, Operations, Construction, Architectural Design and Drafting, and Interior Design Technical Education (LOCATE) grant supports instructors in these fields to develop and update their curriculum in order to prepare students for careers in green building design, construction and maintenance.

The Summer Sustainability Institute (SSI) will offer participants beginner/intermediate-level training focused on residential design, building construction, interior design, landscaping, performance codes, and facilities maintenance technology. Experts will share new advances in green building and lead activities on a variety of sustainability issues, including integrated design planning, residential green building and remodeling, energy and water efficiency, affordability, and changing industry standards. The daily trainings, coupled with visits to green sites in the Portland metro region, will leave attendees prepared and inspired to integrate sustainable concepts and practices into their curriculum.

High school, community college and university instructors in fields related to green building are invited to attend this week-long professional development opportunity at no cost. No prerequisites are required and CEUs can be arranged. Travel costs are not included but lodging at the Hospitality Inn will be reserved and covered for out-of-town guests from Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13. The SSI concludes with a one-day Summit on Friday, August 24, 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.