ARRA Funds to Help Reduce Energy Costs in Buildings; Building Operations Staff Encouraged to Sign Up for Low/No Cost Training

December 19, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Managers of buildings and properties in Montgomery County or building staff who reside in the County are encouraged to sign up for an energy management training program that will help them reduce the operating costs of the facilities they oversee. The training program is offered by Montgomery County and is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Reducing energy use in buildings and properties is a key objective of the County’s goals to promote more sustainable practices and reduce County-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

“Investing in ways to reduce our dependence on imported oil is not only good for the environment – it’s also good for the economy,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Using ARRA funds to improve the efficiency of the buildings in the County will help create jobs, make us more competitive in the region and help build a more sustainable future.”

The training course, titled Energy Management and Controls, will help those who manage buildings successfully develop an energy management strategy that dramatically cuts costs and improves building comfort and tenant satisfaction.

The training will be conducted by Green Training USA, (which is certified to teach BOMI International courses) in partnership with Workforce Solutions Group. BOMI International is an independent institute for property and facility management education and offers a nationally recognized curriculum and energy management certifications. The Energy Management and Controls course can be used for credit towards BOMI’s Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA®) and Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT®) certification programs.

“We are creating jobs with long-term environmental benefits that reduce business costs and improve competitiveness,” said Department of Economic Development Director Steve Silverman. “Even better, these jobs offer great pay and promotion opportunities and are accessible to a wide range of individuals from different educational backgrounds.”

The County will provide a subsidy of 50 percent of the training cost on a first come, first served basis. Participants may also be eligible for additional incentives to defray all their costs for the training through Pepco’s commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. Those eligible to take the course may also qualify for a 50 percent reduction in tuition on the first of BOMI International’s core training series and other courses offered through Green Training USA towards full technician designations.

“Improving the efficiency of commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings is an essential component in achieving the goals of the County’s Climate Protection Plan,” said Department of Environmental Protection Director Bob Hoyt. “Commercial and multi-family buildings account for nearly one-third of the County’s greenhouse gas emissions, and these can be dramatically reduced by employees who know how to optimize a building’s energy consumption.”

The training course will be offered at Workforce Solutions Group’s headquarters in Wheaton. For information on the program and how to register, go to: http://www.greentrainingusa.com, click on Facility Energy Management and then Building Energy Manager.

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Esther Bowring 240-777-6507

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