BCCC earns Energy Star Award at Green Energy Business Opportunity Conference

Baltimore City Community College, recognized for its continuing efforts statewide to prepare construction supervisors, weatherization managers and crews for the Green Economy, has received an Energy Star Award at the first annual Green Energy Business Opportunity Conference sponsored by The Presidents’ RoundTable, Inc., a champion for minority-led enterprises. The award is presented for BCCC’s innovative workforce training programs which equip people for immediate work in the areas of construction and weatherization to spur energy efficiency and “green” building.

The award, presented May 12, hails BCCC for its commitment to educating the underserved and creating career paths in diverse industry segments, and for its innovative Maryland Center for Construction Technologies which, according to the Presidents’ Roundtable, “will create a pathway for its students to directly participate in green job opportunities.”

BCCC was honored in the Education and Training category along with Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Other recognitions included awards for Energy Star Green Economy Innovator (awarded to Greg Minott, co-founder of D.R.E.A.M. Collaborative of Boston and Jamaica, which produces LEED-certified green buildings); Energy Star Public/Private Partnership Model (awarded to the Maryland Department of General Services and BITHGROUP Technologies for their joint effort to reduce state energy consumption 15% by 2015. The partnership is one of the reasons Maryland has been ranked as the 12th most energy efficient state by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy); and Energy Star Diverse Supplier (awarded to Johnson Controls, Inc. for spending over $1 billion with minority businesses).

The Green Energy Business Opportunity Conference focuses on Green Economy employment, innovations which promise growth to minority businesses entering this sector, and short- and long-term business opportunities.
Through its Maryland Center for Construction Technologies at 901 N. Milton Ave. in East Baltimore, BCCC offers a full range of construction workforce training, from 15-week courses in construction trades to one-year certificate and two-year associate degree programs. The college is also one of five statewide Weatherization Hubs providing training in energy-related areas for weatherization auditors and crews. Through its Construction Supervision associate degree program, BCCC prepares construction managers and entrepreneurs for Green Collar jobs and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office.

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