CMC Green Building Academy puts college on the cutting edge |

CMC Green Building Academy puts college on the cutting edge

Suzie Romig
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Mountain College is offering new classes to help residents meet changing needs in the workplace, and also to protect the Earth’s resources.

This summer, the college launches a new initiative called the Green Building Academy in partnership with Colorado Energy Star Homes, the city of Aspen, Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association and the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative.

The academy is the only place on the Western Slope offering nationally recognized certification programs through the Building Performance Institute, according to Dr. Rick Johnson, instructional chair at the college’s Aspen Campus.

“This certification in the BPI programs is one area where Colorado Mountain College is really on the cutting edge in Colorado,” Johnson said. “If you move to another state, the certification is recognized there.”

The academy offers education for building professionals interested in advancing their knowledge and technical skills in energy efficiency and green building. The program will provide an ongoing series of trainings that will enhance professional development for those working in the building trades, as well as supply retraining for out-of-work people in the field.

The academy will start with a six-day class for individuals who want to become certified building analysts, July 13-18 at the Aspen Campus.

Then, on Sept. 23-25, the academy will also host a certified green professional course, a nationally recognized certification through the National Home Builders Association.

Classes and certification opportunities through the Green Building Academy will rotate to other CMC locations including the West Garfield Campus in Rifle this fall.

The Rifle campus currently is holding two new credit classes in solar energy technologies: solar thermal system installation and solar photovoltaics grid-tied systems. Both classes are already filled, with a waiting list, said Sue Schmidt, campus instructional chair.

In addition, environmental classes are planned for this fall as part of the continuing education offerings at the Roaring Fork Campus, with classes in Carbondale or Glenwood Springs.

For information about the regional building analyst training, contact Johnson at 925-7740, ext. 2417, or

And, for more information about CMC’s schedule of fall classes, visit in late July.

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