Friday, May 31, 2013

GreenEDU Announces Partnership with Lead Paint Consulting LLC

St. Petersburg, FL -- Lead Paint Consulting LLC has recently joined GreenEDU's partner network. Lead Paint Consulting LLC first started in 2010 and since then, has grown and helped over 1000 students succeed with its health and safety training. GreenEDU is excited to work with them, and we look forward to the success that they will help bring to our students.

Lead Paint Consulting currently offers EPA Lead Renovators Certification Initial courses in Florida.

About Lead Paint Consulting LLC
Robert Martin - the founder and president of Lead Paint Consulting LLC - became a RRP Principal Instructor in February, 2010 and has since taught over 1,000 students in over 70 RRP and Lead Dust Sampling Technician classes. Robert currently trains under the auspices of NCHH's Accreditation and is therefore approved to teach both RRP and Lead Dust Sampling initial and refresher courses in 38 states and in all US Territories. In addition to training RRP and Lead Dust Sampling classes, Robert also works full-time as an EPA Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspector and Risk Assessor. Since Robert's work as a Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor is 100% lead-based paint specific, he is able to share a great amount of knowledge and speak from real life experiences while educating students on the hazards and safe work practices associated with lead.

For more information, please visit http://www.greenedu.com/lead-paint-consulting-llc

Seagull Environmental Training Joins GreenEDU Network

Atlanta, GA -- GreenEDU announced recently that it has partnered with Seagull Environmental Training, one of the most reliable and widespread training companies in the south. They have provided training for over 16 years and currently have courses in various locations, including Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Doraville, Georgia; and Atmore, Alabama. GreenEDU looks forward to working with Seagull Environmental Training as they provide EPA Lead Renovators Certification training every day in their many locations. Clients will have a multitude of options when picking from Seagull Environmental Training's courses, and GreenEDU currently has over 200 Seagull Environmental Training events available this summer.

Seagull Environmental Training currently offers EPA Lead Renovators Certification Initial courses as well as Lead Inspector Certification courses in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. These classes are offered daily and are never canceled.

About Seagull Environmental Training
Seagull Environmental Training is your one-stop environmental training resource. In order to serve the needs of all of our clients, they offer classes on a daily and weekly basis in various locations throughout the country. Furthermore, they never cancel classes, so their students can trust that they will receive the training they need exactly when they need it. Having trained over 97,000 satisfied students, Seagull Environmental Training is confident in their ability to provide the most available and convenient lead, asbestos, and OSHA training in the country. Sign up today and attend class tomorrow...it's that easy!

For more information and Seagull Environmental Training's full course listing, please visit http://www.greenedu.com/seagull-environmental-training




A New Partnership To Create American Workforce Jobs

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.- The International Green Energy Council (IGEC) named Everblue a preferred training provider for its sustainability initiatives and rebuilding efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey.

IGEC, an educational and advocacy group for energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and renewable energy, will advance its sustainability initiatives through collaborative efforts with the New Jersey Storm Recovery Center, the Green Job Corps, the State of New Jersey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA dedicated federal funding to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Sandy and help local homeowners overcome financial struggles related to the natural disaster. The IGEC partnered with the  ATru Builders of New Jersey to create the New Jersey Storm Recovery Center, which will use the FEMA funds and insurance monies to spearhead the rebuilding project for homes and businesses all along the New Jersey Shore.

The main goal of the IGEC and the New Jersey Storm Recovery Center is to incorporate sustainability efforts into the rebuilding process. The renovated homes will address issues with energy efficiency, weatherization, and mold remediation. To accomplish these goals, the IGEC named Everblue its preferred training provider for home performance auditing training.

Everblue, one of the nation's leading sustainability training companies, will provide Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Building Performance Institute (BPI) weatherization training for IGEC through the Green Jobs Corp. Students will learn how to preform home energy audits and how to optimize a home's energy efficiency through weatherization techniques.

For more information about this partnership or the rebuilding efforts in New Jersey, please call 1 (800) 460-2575 or email us at info@everblue.edu

About Everblue:

Everblue is the continuing education division of the International Academy of Design & Technology-Chicago and specializes in green jobs and sustainable development training. Everblue offers non-credit, short-term courses approved by ACICS, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and North American Technician Excellence (NATE).

For more information about Everblue visit http://www.greenedu.com/everblue

Thursday, May 30, 2013

GreenEDU Partners with Environmental Training and Consulting

Englewood, CO -- GreenEDU is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Environmental Training and Consulting. Environmental Training and Consulting (ETC) is one of the largest suppliers of asbestos training in Colorado and has been providing excellent and reliable service for over 15 years. Their training programs are offered on a regular basis, and they can meet the needs of their students by providing additional classes in the evening, on the weekends, and even on the job site. ETC serves a variety of clients including University of Colorado students, Colorado State Department of Health employees, Denver Public School workers. By partnering with GreenEDU, ETC's training courses will be easily accessible, and we hope to help ETC grow locally and nationally.

Environmental Training and Consulting currently offers many courses in asbestos training in Englewood, Colorado including Asbestos Operations and Maintenance courses, Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor courses, and Asbestos Supervisor Refresher courses. ETC also offers courses taught in Spanish such as Asbestos Worker/Handler and Asbestos Worker Refresher.

About Environmental Training and Consulting
Since 1998, Environmental Training and Consulting, Inc has been the largest provider of asbestos training in Colorado. They offer entry-level training for individuals wanting to enter the asbestos abatement industry along with advanced training for experienced individuals who want to further their careers in the asbestos field. ETC teaches their students about proper safety procedures and equipment and state-of-the-art work practices as protecting both the public and the contractor from injury and potential liability has always been their most important objective. All of the courses are taught by seasoned instructors with an average of 20+ years of experience in the asbestos abatement industry. ETC constantly emphasizes safety and compliance with current federal, state, and local regulations, giving their students the information they need to take the state licensing examination.

GreenEDU Announces Workplace Safety Specialists As New Partner

Mesa, AZ -- GreenEDU is partnering with Workplace Safety Specialists, a health and safety training company that has provided service since 1991. Workplace Safety Specialists provides OSHA/Construction safety and Hazardous Materials training in Mesa, Arizona. Clients can either attend courses in Workplace Safety Specialists' training facility or can request training at their own facility. The instructors at Workplace Safety Specialists engage their students with multi-media presentations and hands-on training that can be directly applied on site. They allow students to interact with real world equipment so that the information being taught can be clearly conveyed.

GreenEDU's CEO Zachary Rose stated, "We are excited to partner with Workplace Safety Specialists. They really encourage student participation and provide practical, hands-on presentations so that students can continue to apply their skills after the course is over. We look forward to assisting Workplace Safety Specialists with their mission statement - to help keep employees and the public safe."

Workplace Safety Specialists currently offer a variety of health and safety training courses with GreenEDU including the mandated HazCom and the Globally Harmonized System Worker courses, well as HAZWOPER courses, and HAZWOPER Refresher in Mesa, Arizona.

About Workplace Safety Specialists
For over 20 years, Workplace Safety Specialists has been providing clients real-world environmental, health and safety training. They know that effective training for today's workforce involves a concentrated effort from management, employees and external sources to achieve measurable, successful results. Their training courses are continually updated to reflect current regulatory policies and address state and federal requirements, directly helping to prevent workplace incidents, OSHA violations and costly citations. Their instructors encourage interactive student participation and are skilled in delivering professional presentations with proven teaching techniques to help ensure that the greatest amount of information is conveyed to their students.
For more information regarding Workplace Safety Specialists and their available courses, visit http://www.greenedu.com/workplace-safety-specialists

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Massachusetts Asbestos and Lead Paint Trainer Joins GreenEDU Partner Network

West Springfield, MA -- Cardno ATC Associates has joined GreenEDU's network of health and safety training services. Cardno ATC is an experienced, professional company that has assisted clients at a local and national level since 1982. ATC stands for "Assess, Test, and Consult," and Cardno ATC uses its expertise to meet industry challenges and demanding clients. GreenEDU strives to help Cardno ATC grow and succeed and make its courses and expertise more accessible and available, assisting Cardno ATC in its mission to develop strong client relationships and referrals.

Cardno ATC currently offers several training courses on a weekly basis with GreenEDU including Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Contractor, NIOSH 582, and Deleader TrainingEPA Lead Certification training in West Springfield, MA.

About Cardno ATC AssociatesCardno ATC Associates leads the nation in delivering results-driven Environmental and Health & Safety Training and they've trained tens of thousands across the country and around the world to prove it. Tracking complex and ever-changing regulations, then translating them into effective programs is their specialty. They'll teach you how to properly identify, assess, and mitigate environmental hazards while you earn certification maintenance credits. They can customize a course and come to you no matter where you are around the world. Or, you can attend their classroom training offered at one of their many locations. You'll find course offerings on such subjects as Asbestos, Environmental Site Assessments, Lead-Based Paint, Hazardous Waste, Emergency Response and Safety, Storm Water Management, and Intrusion and Mold.

For more information on ATC Group Services Inc, DBA Cardno - Massachusetts, including its lead and asbestos training schedule visit http://www.greenedu.com/atc-group-services-inc-dba-cardno-massachusetts

GreenEDU Announces New Partnership with ThermalStar

Phoenix, AZ -- GreenEDU has recently announced a partnership with ThermalStar, one of Arizona's best building performance training certification companies. ThermalStar is an accredited Building Performance Institute (BPI) trainer and has had superb results, with an 93% overall passing rate on their BPI tests. GreenEDU is excited to partner with a company that produces results, and we look forward to helping ThermalStar grow.

ThermalStar offers energy auditor courses in Phoenix and Tuscon, and allows students to retake classes for free if they do not pass their exams the first time. They work on a local level and strive to meet the needs of their local workforce by holding weekend, late-night, or individual training courses. ThermalStar currently offers the BPI Building Analyst Workshop courses in Phoenix.

About ThermalStar
ThermalStar offers BPI Building Analyst preparation courses that cover Introduction to Building Science, Building Performance, Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) testing requirements, home energy efficiency and the BPI Standards. Their curriculum has been reviewed by The Building Performance Institute (BPI) to align with BPI standards and offers interactive and regular contact with the personal mentor/instructor. This certification preparation course provides students with the knowledge necessary for them to pass the BPI Certification tests and continue on to be a skilled BPI professional.
For more information and course listings, please visit http://www.greenedu.com/thermalstar

What is the LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)?

LEED Credential Maintenance Classes
Credential Maintenance is the continuing education required by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) in order for individuals to keep their LEED credentials current. Once an individual passes the LEED exam and earns either the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty credential, a two-year renewal period begins. During this time, the candidate must complete a required number of continuing education hours and pay a renewal fee in order to keep their credential.

GBCI states that these requirements help LEED professionals to maintain their green building knowledge, and to keep up to date with current best practices of the industry. The LEED CMP program is meant to ensure quality control amongst the growing body of LEED Green Associates and LEED APs. By ensuring a system to engage current LEED professionals in the most recent trends in green building and sustainable design, GBCI hopes that the various LEED credentials will continue to maintain their high integrity.

The Requirements
LEED AP’s must complete 30 continuing education hours every two years, six hours of which must be approved as “LEED-specific”. LEED-specific courses are those in which the majority of the content deals in-depth with specific LEED processes, credits, case studies, updates, benefits, or best practices, and are approved by GBCI. LEED Green Associate’s must complete a biennial total of 15 continuing education hours, including 3 LEED-specific hours.

If you took the LEED AP exam prior to the addition of specialties in 2009 (under LEED v2), you do not need to comply with the CMP program, and will keep your credential indefinitely unless you decide to retest and add an AP+ specialty.

LEED CMP Activities
There are four types of maintenance activities that can be completed towards the CMP requirements:

1. Education, which includes professional development courses, live presentations, self- study programs, and college/university courses.

2. Volunteering, including committee and volunteer work.

3. Authorship.

4. LEED Project Participation.

The only restriction within these four categories is that you can only earn up to 50% of your hours from Volunteering. Individuals can also renew their credential by re-taking the exam.

LEED CMP Courses
One of the easiest ways to maintain your LEED credential is attending professional development & continuing education courses. GBCI’s website contains a course catalog of approved CE courses. In addition, many providers offer the classes online for a convenient and economic way to comply. For example, GreenEDU.com offers a catalog of over 50 hours of GBCI-Approved online CMP courses, including those that comply with the LEED-specific requirements. Individuals can also purchase pre-bundled packages of online courses, tailored to the requirements of each LEED credential.

If an individual fails to comply with the CMP requirements within their 2 year reporting period, their credential will expire and the only option for renewal is through re-testing. Therefore, it is of utmost importance as a LEED professional to understand and comply with the CMP requirements to avoid losing that hard-earned credential.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. Partners with GreenEDU

Atlanta, GA -- GreenEDU is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. offers classes in asbestos, lead, mold, and HAZWOPER training, and their hands on approach allows clients to receive a more personal, applicable training, rather than just computer or video-based methods of teaching.

GreenEDU is excited to partner with Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. and provide health and safety training services to the Atlanta metro area. Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. currently provides courses in Asbestos Supervisor training, Asbestos Supervisor Refresher, Asbestos Worker training, and Asbestos Worker Refresher Classes. Additionally, they also provide Asbestos Worker training in Spanish.

About Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc. 
Occupational Safety and Environmental Education, Inc's state approved courses bring clients up-to-date changes in federal, state, and local regulations and provide details on best work practice for those whose work may involve lead-based paint, asbestos, mold, or other hazardous materials. In addition to reviewing the basic information included in the initial accreditation course, participants will have the opportunity to raise questions and discuss common concerns with other professionals. Students learn how to identify suspect materials, respond to hazardous material emergencies, recognize material-specific hazards, and prevent hazardous material exposure to themselves and building occupants.

For more information and available courses, visit http://www.greenedu.com/occupational-safety-and-environmental-education-inc

GreenEDU Announces Partnership with AMWS Environmental, Inc.

Cicero, Illinois -- AMWS Environmental, Inc. has joined GreenEDU's network of training services. GreenEDU is excited to announce this new partnership, as AMWS Environmental, Inc. is an experienced, professional training company that has provided its services for over 20 years. They have assisted their clients in environmental testing and training for asbestos and mold. Their clients are diverse, ranging from fire departments to schools to commercial buildings. GreenEDU believes that this new partnership will allow AMWS Environmental, Inc. to provide their courses to a greater number of clientele in Illinois.

"We are very excited to partner with AMWS Environmental, Inc, who has provided professional services in Illinois since 1986," stated Zachary Rose, CEO of Green Education Services. "GreenEDU hopes to help AMWS Environmental continue to grow and connect those in Illinois with reliable, experienced professionals. We are looking forward to working with such an accredited company and continuing to provide the very best training services to our clients."

AMWS Environmental, Inc. currently offers courses in areas such as Asbestos Worker Refresher, Asbestos Contractor Training, and EPA Lead Renovators Certification in Cicero, Illinois.

About AMWS Environmental, Inc. 
After working for multiple environmental contractors and training providers, Marcin Swierzowski founded AMWS Environmental Corporation in 1986. Since then, AMWS has been very active in the environmental service industry. As a contractor and training provider with a wealth of knowledge and experience, Marcin's mission is to provide students a comprehensive and insightful learning experience and equipping them with real-life expertise.

7 Creative and Recycled Materials for Eco-Friendly Buildings

Designers are continuously finding new, creative ways to design eco-friendly buildings. The shortage on natural resources and the pressure to put trash and recycling to good use has inspired designers to create buildings made out of recycled materials. What was once waste are now valuable assets for construction. Many of these materials are strong and durable, but are often sent to landfills without a second thought.

Bottles
Plastic and glass bottles bonded with cement can be used instead of bricks. The different colors of the bottles can give an artistic glow to the buildings as well as provide natural light, even giving buildings a stained glass effect. Bottles have been used to create walls for houses and even temples.

Tires
Tires are low cost and heat efficient, yet millions of them are thrown away each year. Buildings made of tires are considered passive solar buildings, meaning that they distribute solar energy as heat in the winter and reject it during the summer, keeping the temperature in the building regulated without using electricity. Tires are especially useful in desert areas and are ideal in third world countries because of their efficiency.

Cardboard
Although cardboard is often thought of as flimsy and cheap, cardboard is being used for building materials, especially for temporary relief during crises--it is resistant to earthquakes, easy to manufacture, and inexpensive. The cardboard is rolled up into tubes and provides strong support; however, it is only expected to last for about 20-30 years.

Aluminum Cans
Aluminum cans can be flattened and used for houses. Often, these cans are stacked and mortared with lime or earth, creating bricks that are strong and durable.

Pallets
A pallet is a flat transport structure and are often made of hard wood. In the US, 700 million wooden pallets are produced each year with 20% ending up as waste in landfills after shipping companies believe that they are too weak to hold materials. Designers have instead recycled these pallets and used them to construct houses.

Shipping Containers
Shipping containers are large, durable, and low maintenance. Recently, shipping containers have been suggested for Oklahoma after the tornados, as they can be easily shipped, stacked, and turned into homes or apartments in any kind of terrain.

Reclaimed Wood
Designers have been using wood from deconstructed buildings such as old barns, factories, and houses. The reclaimed wood gives buildings a rustic appearance, but these buildings are sustainable and eco-friendly. They can also be combined with other types of wood to create newer looking buildings.

Learn more about eco-friendly building materials and how to integrate them into your building project through our continuing education webinars:


Friday, May 24, 2013

GreenEDU Announces Partnership with Lake States Environmental

Milwaukee, WI -- GreenEDU is partnering with Lake States Environmental, a service-oriented industrial and construction safety training company that has offered courses in both Wisconsin and Minnesota for over 20 years. Lake States Environmental provides safety training for a multitude of areas, and their concern and enthusiasm for customer service allows them to meet all of their clients' needs.

Lake States Environmental is currently offering many courses with GreenEDU including EPA Lead Renovators Certification, Lead Supervisor Refresher, and Asbestos training.

About Lake States Environmental
Lake States Environmental provides Asbestos and Lead certification training throughout the Midwest, as well as OSHA safety training for construction and industrial solutions. They are best characterized by their engaged training and outstanding service. They happily and enthusiastically accomodate each student's needs and desires when it comes to training, and they work to provide their clients with any training that they require. In addition, Lake States Environmental gladly welcomes inquiries regarding the planning and execution of any project. They have chosen to focus exclusively on supporting organizations that provide industrial hygiene or contracting services by providing exceptional training programs and research assistance.

For more information regarding Lake States Environmental and their courses, visit http://www.greenedu.com/lake-states-environmental


Cornerstone Training Institute Joins GreenEDU

New York, NY -- GreenEDU is excited to announce a new partnership with Cornerstone Training Institute. Cornerstone Training Institute is one of New York's best environmental safety training companies and provides hands on training to equip clients with the skills necessary for them to succeed. They currently provide several environmental remediation and safety classes in both Syracuse and Rochester. They can custom tailor a class to fit the needs of any firm or individual, and this partnership will allow greater access to safety training in New York State.

Cornerstone Training Institute provides courses in areas such as Asbestos training, HAZWOPER training, EPA Lead Certification training, and OSHA/Construction safety training at their Syracuse and Rochester training locations.

About Cornerstone Training Institute
Cornerstone Training Institute is New York State's most qualified environmental safety firm with a proven history of minimizing risk while maximizing worksite efficiencies and cost savings. They have built the company foundation on lasting partnerships and gladly share their network and expertise with all of their clients. Their team represents the most qualified and experienced specialists in the field of asbestos, lead, and OSHA training. Their professional hands on approach will equip clients with the skills necessary to handle the demands of all potential safety and environmental hazards.

To see available course listings and information, visit http://www.greenedu.com/cornerstone-training-institute

Thursday, May 23, 2013

S.A. Herbst and Associates, LLC, Joins GreenEDU Training Network

Milwaukee, WI- S.A. Herbst and Associates, LLC, has joined Green Education Services' network of professional health and safety training services. S.A. Herbst and Associates is a certified Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) trainer and is a leader in environmental and human health safety. They build friendly, applicable relationships with their clients and students, allowing students and clients to receive personalized training services to be as successful and safe as possible.

The partnership between S.A. Herbst and Associates and Green Education Services will allow better access to courses in fields such as Asbestos Inspection training and refreshers and EPA Lead Renovators Certification in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About S.A. Herbst and Associates, LLC
S.A. Herbst & Associates, LLC, has been providing health and safety services since 1984. They are committed to addressing the needs of their students and clients by providing superior health and safety training programs focused on lead, asbestos, hazardous waste, and workplace hazards. With over 60 years of combined experience working in the asbestos field, their certified trainers are highly qualified to provide training services regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS). At S.A. Herbst & Associates, they believe that it is important to provide students and clients with the personalized training services required for them to properly and safely perform their jobs. S.A. Herbst and Associates confidently stands by their goal to benefit clients with their shared knowledge, energy, and creativity.

For available courses with S.A. Herbst and Associates, visit http://www.greenedu.com/s-a-herbst-and-associates-llc

Training Partnership Announced with Four Elements Environmental, Inc.

La Grange Park, Illinois-- Green Education Services is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Four Elements Environmental, Inc. This partnership will allow greater availability and access to Occupational Health and Safety courses including Asbestos training, Mold Inspection training, and HAZWOPER training and refreshers in Illinois.

Mark C. Simmons, President and Founder of Four Elements Environmental, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in various areas including asbestos and lead surveys, indoor environmental quality surveys, and OSHA compliance monitoring. His expertise has allowed him to reach out to school districts, architecture firms, non-for-profit organizations, and insurance companies. Additionally, Four Elements Environmental, Inc. is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), so they assist clients seeking a partner to meet governmental contract representation project requirements.

About Four Elements Environmental, Inc.
Mark Simmons - Founder and President of Four Elements Environmental, Inc - has more than fifteen years of experience conducting and managing industrial hygiene and environmental projects, ranging from environmental investigations and reporting to full-scale mitigation/abatement projects. In addition to holding a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, he has also obtained licenses and certifications from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and is an IDPH approved asbestos professional instructor. Using the extensive knowledge and professional achievement he has accrued over the years, Mark now provides a myriad of options in environmental safety training, including HAZWOPER, asbestos, and mold.

For more information please visit http://www.greenedu.com/four-elements-environmental-inc.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Got License? An NCARB outreach event in NYC

Students, Interns, and Architects in the New York City area:

Please join NCARB and NYS Board for Architecture representatives at AIANY Emerging New York Architects' presentation on "Got License?" Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of licensure-related topics with representatives from NCARB and the NYS Board for Architecture.

Topics will include:
  • Recent changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Licensure
  • Information about architecture licensure process in NY State
Panelists will include:
  • Robert Lopez, RA Executive Secretary NYS Boards for Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, PMP Assistant Director, IDP
ENYA will be sharing tips and tricks on how to earn hours in those tough IDP categories in addition to techniques to stay motivated during the examination process

This event is on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location:
The Center for Architecture536 LaGuardia Place,
New York, NY 10012
(Google map)
Registration:
Registration is required - Click here to register
AIA LU:
1.5 AIA CEH
(NY State architects will not be able to use this as CE credit towards licensure renewals)
Sponsor:
AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA)


GreenEDU Announces Partnership with Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc.

Groton, CT - Recently, Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc. has partnered with Green Education Services to increase availability of asbestos certification, lead paint training, and many other industrial hygiene safety services in Connecticut and Rhode Island. This partnership will increase access to these training services not only in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but also throughout the nation and in international markets.

Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc. has provided Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Indoor Air Quality, and Environmental Training Services for over 25 years and has earned its reputation as a quality company, providing services to a wide range of clients, including private firms, architects, and hospitals.

Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc. currently provides many courses including Asbestos Training, Lead Renovators Certification (RRP), Lead Supervisor Refresher, and HAZMAT and HAZWOPER Training in Groton, Connecticut.

About Mystic Air Quality Consultants Inc: 
Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc is a small, woman-owned business that has been providing full Industrial Hygiene and Safety Services since 1987. We provide CIH and CSP and CIAQP consultation, Asbestos and Lead Surveys, Indoor Air Quality Surveys, Respirator Fit Tests, and Industrial Hygiene Sampling. We also offer training services for Lead, Asbestos (we are a CONES Approved Asbestos Training Provider), Mold, HAZMAT, OSHA Safety, and Respirators. The majority of our work is done in Connecticut and Rhode Island, however we have also serviced customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, and even Puerto Rico and Japan.

For more information, please visit http://www.greenedu.com/mystic-air-quality-consultants-inc

Friday, May 17, 2013

Free EPA Lead Paint Certification Course Schedule Extended Through Spring 2014

Kingston, NY— Green Education Services, an accredited EPA Lead Certification training provider, recently announced that its training contract with the Ulster County Health Department to provide free EPA Lead Renovator training and certification for contractors and home renovators in New York has been extended for another year.

Effective April 2010, the Lead Renovator Certification, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is now required for contractors who perform renovations, repairs, or painting that disturb lead paint in housing, schools, and day care centers built before 1978. The 8-hour training course emphasizes lead-safe work practices, and concludes with a short certification exam.

In the first year of the contract between Green Education Services and Ulster County, the program trained and certified over 250 individuals on lead-safe practices.

The 1-day course will continue to be held monthly in Kingston, NY through March 2014, and registration is open to anyone interested in earning the EPA Lead Safe Certification for Renovations. Pre-registration is required to secure a guaranteed seat in class. With questions and to register, contact Green Education Services at 1-800-355-1751 or visit www.FreeLeadCertification.com.

About Ulster County Department of Health
Ulster County Department of Health is pro-actively engaged in pursing Ulster County Executive Mike Hein's goal of making Ulster the healthiest county in New York State. As a full service public health agency, Ulster County Department of Health works to improve the health and well being of Ulster County residents through innovative prevention outreach and education initiatives, clinical services, patient care, food and water safety, lead poisoning prevention, tobacco marketing enforcement and emergency preparedness.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NCARB Announces Reduced Fees For Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program





BEA Architect Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Amanda Pica, NCARB Communications

Washington, DC - The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recently approved for a new fee schedule for the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, which provides an alternate path for U.S. licensed architects who do not hold a professional degree from an accredited program to fulfill the education requirement for NCARB certification.

Under the new structure, the fees will be capped at the current rate of $5,000 to avoid increasing the fee for individuals with deficiencies in multiple subject areas. Fees will be assessed only for the area of education deficiency determined through an education evaluation by the NAAB. Previously, applicants were required to pay the entire $5,000 BEA fee to resubmit any part of the dossier. In this new structure, the applicant will only be assessed the fee associated with the deficient subject area(s).

“While the Council heavily subsidizes the BEA Program, it remains cost-prohibitive to an architect applying for certification through this path,” stated NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “This change will especially benefit applicants who have been unsuccessful in meeting all program requirements upon dossier review.”

About NCARB

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its Member Boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Green Project Management (GPM) Joins GreenEDU Training Network

Green Project Management Sustainability Project Management Program
New York, NY - Green Education Services (GreenEDU) has announced a strategic partnership with Green Project Management (GPM®), the world's leading provider of sustainability based project management methodologies, professional development, and certification. The partnership will bring greater access to GPM's innovative project management programs and certifications for industry professionals and organizations across the globe.

"GPM's programs empower individuals and organizations to look at project management through the lens of sustainability, and that is exactly in line with the type of training we look to support," commented GreenEDU Founder, Zachary Rose. "We look forward to a collaborating with GPM to help bring further awareness to its mission."

Participants in GPM's programs are challenged in a case study driven environment to apply new techniques to real-life situations and foster collaborative learning. GPM's popular training on PRiSM™, a project delivery method that ensures objectives are met in accordance with corporate sustainability goals, is offered internationally and online.

"Establishing partnerships with organizations who share the vision to advance sustainable development is a core focus for us," stated GPM President Joel Carboni. "GreenEDU is a unique organization as they promote best of breed training and development programs. From Environmental Sciences to LEED Training, they are a one stop shop for sustainability learning. Having GreenEDU as a strategic partner for Sustainability in Project Management training is a great opportunity for us to further advance our courses in the US Market as well as abroad."

About the GPM
Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices that decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. GPM® accredits professional training organizations and project management practitioners and is largely considered the global solutions leader with their professional certifications and project delivery method PRiSM™. GPM® training is currently being offered in over 60 countries through training providers and universities. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org.

About GreenEDU
Green Education Services (GreenEDU) connects building design and construction industry professionals with world-class sustainability, worksite safety, and environmental sciences training. With an expansive training provider network that reaches over 300 cities across the US, as well as internationally and online, GreenEDU provides students with immediate access to convenient, quality, affordable training by top-notch local instructors.

Friday, May 3, 2013

LEED Officially Recommended for Federal Buildings By GSA's Green Building Committee

USGBC LEED Certification
After an extensive review process of the top green building rating systems available, the Green Building Advisory Committee, established by the General Services Administration (GSA), has officially recommended that the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system be used for all GSA buildings and is the best measure of building efficiency.

The Green Building Advisory Committee was comprised of private and public sector leaders who analyzed over 160 tools and systems since the effort began in 2011. It narrowed the options down to three top rating systems for the final stages of review, comparing US Green Building Council's LEED, International Living Building Challenge, and Green Building Initiative's Green Globes. The Committee concluded that LEED was the best tool available to meet the goals of the Energy Independence and Security Act.

GSA stated that the Committee considered the following when forming a recommendation:
  • GSA's Green Building Certification System review report evaluating green building certification systems
  • Interrelationships among green building certification systems and recently promulgated green building standards (i.e. ASHRAE 189.1 and the IGCC)
  • Federal high performance building design, construction and operations requirements
  • Metrics to inform building performance tracking and reporting
  • Consideration of cost effectiveness: how high performance in buildings can reduce the total cost of ownership
  • Public listening sessions were held to solicit verbal and written feedback from stakeholders as the review group considers the topics outlined above. 
The recommendation is also supported by a recent study completed by The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which found that GSA LEED certified buildings used 25 percent less energy than the national average and cost 19 percent less to operate. GSA first evaluated certification systems in 2006, when it identified LEED certification to be used in the Federal sector. 

GSA first evaluated green building certification systems in 2006,  focusing on new construction and major renovation. LEED was recommended at that time as well for use in the Federal sector.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

NCARB's New ARE Practice Programs Service - A Must Read If You Are An Architect Taking Your ARE Exams!

Released by NCARB:

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is pleased to announce a new ARE practice programs service that allows users of 64-bit Windows operating systems and Macs to access the practice programs.

At just $10 for an annual subscription, the new cloud-based service provides easy, affordable, and unlimited online access to the practice programs. In addition to the paid service, the practice programs remain available for FREE download – see details below.

CUSTOMERS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE SERVICEIn a recent survey of those who beta tested the service, more than 75 percent of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the service would be a valuable resource. Here’s a sampling of their feedback:

As a Mac user, this option is a lifesaver.”
This service is essential—please continue to offer it!
Much easier than downloading the software...very convenient.
Make it available ASAP!
Thank you! A very welcome addition…please keep this service.

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE
For less than $1 a month ($10 annually), you will have unlimited online access to the practice programs, an invaluable resource for preparing for the ARE. You can subscribe to the service by doing the following:
  • Log into My NCARB, and click the “Add” button for the ARE practice programs. 
  • Follow the instructions on the next page to subscribe to and purchase the service. 
  • Once your payment has been submitted, you’ll be directed to the ARE Practice Programs Access page, which provides login instructions, including your username and a password. 
  • Remote Desktop software is required to access this service. It comes standard on most computers, and instructions are provided in My NCARB and on NCARB.org on how to download for free if necessary.
FREE PRACTICE PROGRAMS REMAIN AVAILABLEIn addition to the new paid service, the ARE practice programs remain available for free download and will work on an IBM PC or compatible computer running Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows NT, or Windows Vista 32-bit. Candidates who do not wish to subscribe to the cloud-based service—and who are using a 64-bit machine running the Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions—should be able to create a virtual machine to install the various practice programs. Learn how to install a Virtual PC here.

Learn more about the service by reviewing the FAQs on NCARB.org.

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Released by the US EPA on 05/02/2013:

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

Enforcement actions:
· Groeller Painting, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.
· Albracht Permasiding and Window, Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
· Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
· ARK Property Investments, LLC of Richmond, Indiana.
· Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
· Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
· Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
· Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
· Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
· EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
· Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
· Accolade Construction Group, Inc. of New York, New York.
· PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
· Creative Renovations of Brooklyn, New York.
· Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
· New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
· CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

More information about the settlements: www.epa.gov/enforcement/waste/cases/lrrp050213.html

Contact Information: Dale Kemery (news media only) Kemery.dale@epa.gov 202-564-7839 202-564-4355