Category Archives: Green Office

600 Arkansans to Receive Training for Green Jobs

Pulaski Technical College (PTC) and Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) will receive grants to provide job training for green jobs in energy efficiency to as many as 600 Arkansans through 60 course offerings.

Governor Mike Beebe announced the grants during a press conference last Friday at the PTC South campus in Little Rock. The grants will be administered by the Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

PTC and NWACC will each establish a Building Training Center of Excellence to train energy auditors, energy raters, weatherization workers, and workers in the heating and cooling industries. PTC received $1,231,201.99 and NWACC received $1,356,088.34.

“Arkansas has been pursuing green-energy jobs for years, and these grants will increase our available workforce in these industries,” Beebe said. “These are the types of jobs that are changing in the 21st-century economy, and we will soon have hundreds of Arkansans better prepared to pursue new opportunities in expanding career fields that embrace energy-efficiency innovations.”

The grant funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Expected participants include licensed builders, licensed HVAC technicians, inspectors, instructors, code officials, building inspectors, utility personnel, consultants, weatherization workers, and associate degree candidates for some technical programs such as HVAC, and others. The Building Training Centers will work with national certification and accreditation programs on curriculum development, establishing in-house accredited trainers, and tailoring curriculum to fit Arkansas’s needs and climate.

The Building Training Centers of Excellence will reach other parts of the state through mobile training units created at each college. The two mobile training labs will be equipped with computers, software, diagnostic equipment and tool kits to offer training at partnering colleges throughout the state.

In addition to providing instruction, the grants will establish the expertise needed for conducting training throughout the state. Currently, energy-related training is dependent upon bringing certified experts into Arkansas.

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Green Your Office: GreenPrint

Some posts are worth repeating.

You print an email. You get a copy of the email, but you also get a sheet of paper that has Page 2 of 2 written on it and nothing else. You throw the wasted page in a recycling bin, but don’t you wish you never get a wasted page in the first place? Well, make your wish come true with GreenPrint, a software that prevents wasted pages from being printed. GreenPrint analyzes the content of each print job for pages that have wasteful characteristics. It automatically removes pages with just a banner ad, URL footnote, etc., helping you save paper, ink, and trees. According to its website, an average worker prints six wasted pages per day That’s 1,410 wasted pages per year! Printing wasted pages costs money as well. Each wasted page costs a company about $0.06. Multiply $0.06 times 1,410 by the number of employees, and that’s a substantial amount of money per year if you have a large company. In fact, a Fortune 500 company using GreenPrint would save over $2 million and prevent 4,000 trees from being cut each year. Wouldn’t it be nice if every computer in the U.S. uses GreenPrint?

GreenPrint is compatible with both Windows and Mac and available at no cost to home users. It costs $70 per license for businesses, but compared to the number of paper reams and ink cartridges you would be saving, I think it’s a no-brainer question. GreenPrint also offers volume discounts and site licenses as well as 50% discount for educational institutions and environmental non-profits. So, download GreenPrint and start saving money and trees!

For more information about GreenPrint, visit their website, www.printgreener.com.

Green Your Office: Ecofont

Install Ecofont and save ink, money, and the environment! Created by a Dutch company, the Ecofont is a free downloadable font that cuts ink consumption by 20 percent. How does it cut ink consumption? By being holey! The Ecofont appears at small sizes like any other type, but each letter is actually filled with tiny, inkless circles. According to the company, the design minimizes ink usage by up to 20 percent.

I’ve installed Ecofon my computer, and my documents print perfectly fine. I like that it helps me save money by using less ink and the environment by creating less waste (fewer discarded ink and toner cartridges). If you do a lot of printing, I highly recommend installing the Ecofont.

The Ecofont is compatible with Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux, and works just fine in OpenOffice, AppleWorks, and MS Office 2007. You can download it for free from their website, www.ecofont.eu/en_pro_ecofont_professional.html.

Green Your Office: Green Your Printing!

Green your office in 2010! For next several Mondays, I’ll share some of the ways Eddy and I have greened our office practices.

First up is how to green your printing. Before you print, ask yourself if you need to print. I keep most of my files electronically, so I rarely print.

When I print, I print on both sides or on paper still blank on one side. Set your printers to print on “draft” so that you can save ink and money.

When buying copy paper, choose 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Did you know that a typical office uses about 350 pounds of wastepaper per employee per year? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, buying 40 cases of copy paper made of 100% post-consumer recycled stock saves: 24 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100-kilowatt hours of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Amazing!

So, do the world a favor this year. Green your printing practices!

Tuesday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council – West Branch Mixer

The U.S. Green Building Council – West Branch will host a Member/Non-Member Mixer, tonight between 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 4476 Waterside Court in Fayetteville. Come out and mingle with members and friends! For more information, contact usgbcar@yahoo.com.

Thursday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council – Central Branch Monthly Meeting

usgbcThe U.S. Green Building Council – Central Branch will hold its monthly meeting, today between 11″30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Next Level Event (1400 W. Markham) in Little Rock. Dr. Nick Brown, Executive Assistant for Sustainability and Adjunct Professor for Geosciences, University of Arkansas, will give a presentation, “Carbon Emissions Management: LEED and Beyond It.”

Carbon emissions reduction, mitigation, displacement and offset are integral to successful 21st century design and management. Means for approaching zero emissions design will be discussed, along with a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of LEED in achieving these goals.

Members $18, Guests $20. For more information, contact Linda Smith at usgbcar@yahoo.com.

Saturday To-Do: Used Plant Sale

For great bargains on used plants, visit Plant Services in North Little Rock this Saturday, between 9 a.m. to noon. I have bought several gently used plants for amazing prices. Can’t make it this Saturday? Don’t worry. Plant Services has a used plant sale every second Saturday of the month.

For more information about Plant Services and its used plant sale, visit their website, http://www.plantservices.info.