It’s been a busy week for me with my startup, OurKudos.com, so I haven’t had much time to contribute to Ted’s Tips. But now on a rainy Friday night, I feel the need to decompress and talk about energy efficiency and sustainable building again!
I got an announcement today from the Sustainable Building Advisor Program, an organization dear to my heart. They have changed their name to the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute and launched a new website.
Why is this so exciting? The SBA program is a wonderful organization dedicated to training people in the world of sustainable building. Unlike so many organizations that have sprung up in the last few years simply to make a buck on the “green” excitement, the SBAi is truly about the teaching. It’s a very small organization of dedicated individuals, passionate about what they do.
I took the course in 2006 when the SBAi first offered ther course in Pennsylvania and it changed my life. I subsequently joined their board for a year and am now an instructor in the course.
The SBAi curriculum is truly a standout. With a year long course, providing background in a broad range of topics, the SBAi training provides a uniquely wide education in sustainable building. From land stewardship so solar design to hard core HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), the SBAi training gives students an amazing perspective on a complex field.
To this day, I am in contact with my classmates and students from the SBAi training, which brings together a diverse crowd. I’ve met green real-estate agents and environmental engineers. Architects and Feng-shui experts. And that’s what makes this class so unique – it brings together such a broad range of people, passionate about a topic. People who go on to make a difference in their communities and around the world.
If you have an interest in sustainable building and are fortunate enough to live close enough to one of their training centers, I strongly suggest applying. The time commitment is small – a Friday and Saturday each month for nine months. But for such a small amount of time, you will gain a background in many topics, and open doors you never knew existed. But most importantly, you will forge relationships that will last a lifetime.
Check it out – the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute.