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 US Green Building Council Education Provider

The Evergreen Institute is an education provider for the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Ten of our courses apply for continuing education credits for LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED-APs). To learn more, click here.

Courses approved by the US Green Building Council to maintain credentials are also be approved for Green Building Council Certification Institute hours (aka GBCI-CE hours).

The following workshops are approved for continuing education credit: 

1) Hands-on Green Building (5 days)

2) Designing and Building a Net Zero Energy Home (3 days)

3) Hands-on Natural Building

4) Renewable Energy for Homes and Businesses, formerly Residential Renewable Energy (2 days)

5) Basic PVs: An Introduction to Solar Electricity (1 day)

6) Intermediate Solar Electricity (2 days)

7) Intro to Small Wind Energy Systems (1 day)

8) Passive Solar Heating and Cooling (2 days)

9) Hands-on Straw Bale Design and Construction (1 day)

10) Intro to Straw Bale Design and Construction (1 day)


NABCEP -- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and Institute for Sustainable Power Accreditation

Individuals wishing to become installers may want to become certified through NABCEP -- the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. They certify solar electric, solar thermal system installers, and small wind system installers.

NABCEP certification is not required to become an installer, but certification raises ones level of credibility and it makes new installers potentially more employable.

Individuals can receive NABCEP Certification in one of several ways.  There's even an entry level certification program. Many routes require formal training at educational centers like The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy. NABCEP recommends taking classes through accredited institutions -- that is, organizations that have been approved by the International Renewable Energy Council and the Institute for Sustainable Power. In March of 2011, The Evergreen Institute received notice that its application for accreditation was officially approved by the International Renewable Energy Council.

 Midwest Renewable Energy Association -- Training Provider

In Januiary 2009, The Evergreen Institute received notice that its courses in solar electricity, solar thermal systems (solar hot water) and small wind will apply toward MREA's PV Site Assessor, Small Wind Site Assessor, and Residential Solar Hot Water Site Assessor certificates.

The courses taken through our educational center in Gerald, Missouri will also apply toward continuing education credits required of all MREA certified site assessors.





TEI's Electric Car Conversion

As many of you know, The Evergreen Institute is converting a Chevy S-10 to run on electricity at our educational center in Gerald, Missouri...(more)... 


Installation of TEI's 2-kW grid-tied PV system with Battery Back Up

In 2010, The Evergreen Institute installed it's third solar system. This array serves as a training array for students but also powers the classroom building and the farm. To learn more, click here...

TEI's EV Conversion

Living Comfortably Off Grid: Achieving Total Self
Living Comfortably Off Grid: Achieving Total Self

A full-colorcomplete guide to living off grid and totally sustainably with respect to energy water waste food health and more. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in achieving total self-sufficiency. Full color. Extremely well illustrated. Regularly sells for $45.95!
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