Colorado Energy Master
Each of our three courses consists of three classes: two weekday evening short classes that can be taken from one’s home computer and one Saturday half-day class that starts at a County Extension office and ends with a field trip. Individual classes required for aspiring Colorado Energy Masters are also offered.
All classes are taught using Adobe Connect distance-education technology. The webinars are conducted live in order to allow for real time interaction with instructors and other participants. Classes are taught by a mix of CSU professors, utility experts, and Extension staff.
Note that Saturday classes include a field trip to promote experiential learning – please be prepared to make a short drive from your nearest participating Extension office to an off-site location on these days. The cost of each course includes a Saturday lunch.
|N/A||N/A||Introduction to the Colorado Energy Master Program||Provides information on the background of CSU Extension and the Colorado Energy Master program logistics and requirements. Open to all but required to attain Colorado Energy Master certification.|
|Energy Pathways||1.1||Colorado Energy Overview||Provides a background on energy use, sources, utilities, and policy in Colorado and the U.S.; information on biofuels, natural gas vehicles, and electric vehicles including technology basics, costs, benefits, and challenges to ramping up alternative fuels; and information on the scientific basis for climate change including the relationship between various forms of energy production and greenhouse gas emissions.|
|1.3||Energy and Climate Change|
|Building Efficiency||2.1||Residential Energy Efficiency||Provides detailed information on home energy efficiency including how energy is used in Colorado homes, costs and payback periods for various energy efficiency upgrades, the basics of green building design and construction with specific attention to LEED guidelines and case studies, and a chance to conduct a basic walk-through home energy audit.|
|2.2||Green Building Design and Construction|
|Renewable Energy||3.1||Geothermal Energy||Provides detailed information on common renewable energy installations in Colorado including explanations of how different renewable energy technologies work, costs and payback periods, technical feasibility requirements for renewable energy systems, considerations for on- and off-grid installations, and new technologies entering the market.|
|N/A||N/A||Volunteer Resources||For aspiring Colorado Energy Master only (required). Provides information on how to proceed as a Colorado Energy Master Volunteer.|
Updated Friday, April 19, 2013