With renewable energy and efforts to combat global warming high on the list of national priorities, Dan Chiras, Mother Earth News contributing editor and founder of The Evergreen Institute recently announced the opening of the Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, an educational center in east-central Missouri.
The Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building offers hands-on instruction in solar electricity, wind energy, passive solar design, residential energy efficiency, green building and natural building.
The courses are taught primarily by author and educator, Dan Chiras. Chiras has taught at the college level for 32 years. His books include The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, Power from the Wind, Green Home Improvement, The Natural Plaster Book, The Solar House and The Natural House.
Chiras consults on residential green building and renewable energy throughout North and Central America.
The first three courses at the Center (April 18, 19 and 20, 2009) are Home Energy Efficiency, Basic PVs and Intro to Wind.
The Evergreen Institute also offers Certificate Programs in Residential Green Building and Residential Renewable Energy for individuals interested in pursuing a career in green building and/or renewable energy or individuals interested in furthering their professional credentials in these burgeoning fields.