As the summer heats up this July, stay cool with ENERGY STAR® trainings! Join EPA's ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings to learn about a variety of topics, including financing energy efficient upgrades, using the new Portfolio Manager® tool, and applying for the ENERGY STAR.
To register for upcoming trainings, click the links below or visit esbuildings.webex.com. If you won't be able to attend, you can still view recorded trainings at this site (click "View Event Recordings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR® Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Topics include financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA's tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Portfolio Manager® Office Hours, Focus Topic: Green Power Thursday July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In July, the topic will be Green Power in Portfolio Manager. The first 20-30 minutes of the session will be spent on this topic, while the remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).
Portfolio Manager® 101 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. We'll introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.
Portfolio Manager® 201 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced functionalities of Portfolio Manager such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.
How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR® Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
In addition to the above trainings, the following ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT webinars are offered monthly.
Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT
Through this easy to understand presentation on data center energy efficiency opportunities, gain an understanding of the drivers of data center energy costs; common energy savings opportunities; how to spot these opportunities and initiate changes; and available resources for further assistance.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Self-Evaluation to Qualify as an Arizona Environmentally Healthy School
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is sponsoring a new recognition program to help promote and assist individual schools to become an Arizona Environmentally Healthy (AEH) school. This program recognizes policies and actions taken by schools to help ensure a healthy and safe learning and teaching environment. The checklist is to be used by school principals, or their designees, to certify to ADEQ that their schools have taken actions to safeguard their students, facility, and other personnel against environmental pollutants and other potential environmental risks.
If your school can certify that it meets 14 of the following 22 criteria, it will be designated as an AEH school and receive an ADEQ certificate stating that your school is environmentally healthy.
Are you familiar with EPA's School Siting Guidelines? Do you want to know how to train decision-makers on how to use the School Siting Guidelines? Join the Georgia Conservancy, Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and EPA on June 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST at the EPA's Atlanta office for a special train the trainer workshop on how to effectively deliver the training program, Old School, New School, This Place, That Place – An Introduction to Utilizing the EPA School Siting Guidelines.
"Taking Action," Video shows how one school successfully implemented the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.
"Ventilation Basics," explains the importance of good indoor air quality and shows how to operate and maintain school ventilation systems effectively.
"Walkthrough: Four Schools Making a Difference," illustrates how to conduct a thorough school indoor air quality walkthrough. School personnel focus on environmental health issues directly linked to managing indoor air quality.
Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems
Webinar Resources Now Available!
The Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems webinar was held on February 26, 2013, and provided participants with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.
A Question and Answer document from this webinar is now available on the IAQ Tools for SchoolsWebinar Resources page!
Due to the large file size of this webinar's presentation slides, we will not be posting a PDF of the webinar slides online. However, you can watch a video of a school walkthrough on Northwest Clean Air Agency's website to gain access to the pictures and images that were used during the webinar.
US EPA Tools for Schools Program's Newest Resource
US EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Program's newest resource, the IAQ and Student Performance Web site, offers the latest scientific evidence demonstrating the relationship of IAQ to key factors that influence student health and performance.
Make sure you have your Tools for Schools (TfS) Action Kit
The IAQ TfS Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. The Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies, and a sample IAQ management plan. The voluntary guidance can save schools time and money so that resources can be directed toward educating children. The IAQ TfS Action Kit is co-sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association, Association of School Business Officials, American Federation of Teachers, and the American Lung Association.
You can learn more about this at: www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html
Learn how to manage an IAQ program in your school district
EPA's IAQ TfS Program is designed to provide schools with common sense, easy-to-follow, guidance for developing, implementing, and sustaining an IAQ management program. An effective IAQ management program addresses both short-term and long-term IAQ issues, and puts in place policies and standard procedures to prevent future IAQ concerns.