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Home Energy Performance Presentation Friday, Feb. 10, at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding a free Home Energy Performance presentation at noon, Friday (Feb. 10) in Halford Hall.

Jerry K. Loch, outreach coordinator for the Watertown-based Green Jobs, Green New York program, will be describing the best questions to ask when considering updates.

“Houses work as a system,” Loch said. “When you make a home more efficient, you can also positively change its safety and comfort levels.”

The presentation is sponsored by the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), an independent Contractor for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Participants can also receive a comprehensive home energy assessment.

To RSVP, email crest@canton.edu, or call (315) 386-7686. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Trains Fourth Solar Ready Vets Class

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Twenty-three Army personnel stationed at Fort Drum graduated from the fourth U.S. Department of Energy’s national Solar Ready Vets training program Aug. 30.

Since the program began in January, 83 students have successfully completed the five-week course, which is taught by SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. The program aims to offer hands-on training to military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian professions.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Graduates have a 20-percentage point higher pass rate on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic entry-level exam, compared to the national average. Veterans are now working in the field as installers, sales representative and project managers for national and regional companies such as Solar City, SunPower, High Peaks Solar and Level Solar.

“Solar Ready Vets has opened a career opportunity that I had no prior knowledge of,” said Army veteran and program graduate William Harvey. “The excellent education I received from SUNY Canton’s instructors led to several employment offers in different areas of the solar field.”

The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first five cohorts. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in the first five classes.

The Solar Ready Vets program is nationally administered by the Solar Foundation. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu/crest, www.solarreadyveterans.org or contact Kevin McAdoo, Solar Ready Vets program coordinator, at mcado101@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Helps Launch New York’s First ‘Solar Ready Vets’ Program at Fort Drum

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

solar-readyThe college is continuing its tradition of being the best choice for military and veteran students.

SUNY Canton will be offering career-focused technical training to help personnel stationed at Fort Drum transition from active duty to civilian professions.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York is joining in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets Training program. The Fort Drum program was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is the first of its kind in the state.

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“Soldiers and veterans have the experience and know-how to get the job done,” Governor Cuomo said. “The dramatic growth of solar in New York is creating a demand for highly skilled workers. Offering these heroes valuable training and the technical skills needed to work in this rapidly growing industry, not only helps veterans succeed post service, but helps all of us create a more sustainable future.”

SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development will teach five-week classes focusing on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. In addition, the program will facilitate job placement with New York solar companies. The first session will be held from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17 at Fort Drum.

Students installing a solar panel.

“The Solar Ready Vets program is a perfect extension of what SUNY Canton does best,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing our commitment to veterans and their families in addition to focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy technologies. This program also demonstrates our commitment to providing career ready training in our academic programs and through our CREST Center for Workforce Development.”

Szafran thanked Governor Cuomo, the U.S. Department of Energy, NYSERDA, CREST Center staff, Fort Drum and all parties involved for implementing this important program.

Both the Governor’s Office and NYSERDA have issued a full release on the Solar Ready Vets program at Fort Drum. It includes statements from Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik, Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Bryan J. Laske and others.

 

SUNY Canton Named a Best College for Military and Veteran Students

Military Advanced EducationCoinciding with the governor’s announcement, SUNY Canton has again been chosen as a top school in Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine’s 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

The list serves as a resource to help active service members and those who have already moved from the military to their civilian careers find schools that are the most equipped to accommodate their unique educational needs.

In its assessment, the magazine praised the college for its military-friendly culture, flexibility of programs and courses and support services, most notably the utilization of a military and veteran student service coordinator, who helps students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

This is the fourth year in a row the college has been included in the publication. The guide is published in the magazine’s December issue, and can also be found online at www.kmimediagroup.com/mae/magazines.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

 

SUNY Canton Offers Solar Energy Workshops in Watertown

Monday, September 14th, 2015

SUNY Canton is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun Initiative to provide solar training sessions in Watertown.

Solar photovoltaic energy collection is gaining widespread appeal as a way for consumers to lower their energy costs. The technology behind solar collection can require new training for engineers, architects and technicians. SUNY Canton offers training opportunities for those working with, or planning to work with, solar energy collection systems through its Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development.

solar-panel

Upcoming training sessions include:

  • A solar photovoltaic permitting and inspection methods workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown. The program is designed for electrical and building code officials and third-party contract inspectors and will provide in-depth training on the equipment commonly found in solar photovoltaic systems. It will prepare participants to develop permit and inspection checklists and review equipment installation schematics. Attendants will earn six in-service credits through the New York State Division of Building Standards and Codes.
  • A solar photovoltaics for engineers and architects workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, also at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The session will detail the structural and engineering considerations involved with installing rooftop solar photovoltaic systems. Participants will learn how to utilize local electrical and building codes in the design and installation of new solar electric systems. Attendants will earn six learning units for the American Institute of Architects or six professional development hours for professional engineers. Continuing education units will also be available for completing the course.

Each workshop costs $17.87 to attend and individuals can register through https://training.ny-sun.ny.gov. For more information about the workshops, contact Arthur S. Garno, director of the SUNY Canton CREST Center for Workforce Development by phone, (315) 386-7197, or email, garnoa@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service.  Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

New SUNY Canton Grant Funded Research May Help Offset High Home-Heating Costs

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced new grant funding designated for wood pellet boiler research following an application by SUNY Canton.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers.

“We will study all aspects of the combustion process of wood pellets and can determine how efficient a heating appliance will be when installed for residential or commercial use,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “A component of this grant is to demonstrate the long term efficiencies and emissions from heating with wood pellets.”

Newtown and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Dean Arthur G. Hurlbut filed the grant to demonstrate how pellet boilers could replace conventional fuel-oil furnaces. Fuel oil costs have spiked recently and can cost in excess of $4 a gallon in some areas. It would take approximately $1.70 in wood pellets to produce equivalent heat of a gallon of fuel oil, approximately 130,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs), according to Hurlbut.

“We are setting up three boiler systems as demonstration sites at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton,” Hurlbut said. “One of the units we are installing will automatically vacuum feed the pellets into a hopper, making it as convenient to maintain as a fuel-oil boiler.”

The grant was designed to deliver findings to the public, including the benefits of heating with pelletized wood over traditional cordwood. Wood pellets are manufactured locally by Massena-based Curran Renewable Energy and can be delivered in bulk to the end user, similar to current delivery methods for fuel-oil users. Bulk pellets are easier for a consumer to use than conventional cordwood, because they take up less space and the large-capacity machines require fewer refills.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

The College has previously tested the buildings for energy efficiency using Building Performance Institute energy audits. All three structures will respond similarly to many homes in the North Country. Heating costs from previous years are also available, so the demonstration will show actual savings. The heating systems can be monitored remotely and data findings will be made public.

Newtown and Hurlbut previously studied the combustion of switch grass pellets in pellet-burning stoves based on a 2009 NYSERDA grant. Two journal articles were published based on the findings in Energy and Fuels, an American Chemical Society publication.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SBDC Workshops Help Entrepreneurs Energetically Build their Businesses Efficiently

Monday, June 11th, 2012

SBDC: Small Business Development CenterThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton is offering a new program for entrepreneurs who want to save money and expand their brick-and-mortar businesses.

The SBDC has partnered with the agencies Renew St. Lawrence County and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to link business owners with the best resources to build new or renovate existing businesses.

The agencies will be presenting two free workshops at:

  • 9 a.m. Monday, June 18, at the Potsdam Civic Center; and
  • 4 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Ogdensburg’s Dobisky Center.

“NYSERDA provides free energy audits for existing businesses to help existing businesses plan energy efficient renovations,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “They will be able to provide free information and recommendations about energy efficient heating and lighting solutions. Business owners may also be eligible for economic incentives to renovate or build new brick-and-mortar businesses or storefronts.”

NYSERDA

A NYSERDA Outreach Specialist will be presenting the workshops as a means to help business owners gain access to funding available from a wide range of state resources. The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center is available to assist business owners with all of the necessary steps and assessing the cost-benefit of implementing new energy efficiency measures.

For more information, or to secure a seat at either of the two free workshops, please contact the SBDC Office at SUNY Canton, 315-386-7312, sbdc@canton.edu.

 

SUNY Canton SBDC Helps Businesses Save Energy and Money

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a free session to help small businesses receive a free NYSERDA energy efficiency study valued at $1500.

The 90-minute application session will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at SUNY Canton in Wicks Hall 006. The hands-on workshop will allow participants to complete the online Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) during the session with assistance from SBDC business advisors.

The NYSERDA study provides a comprehensive evaluation to identify cost-effective methods to reduce energy use and cost and to identify economically viable improvements that will yield substantial energy savings. The study is available to business owners who either own or lease their facility and is free if the building’s average electric demand is less than 100 kilowatts a year.

Small businesses and not-for-profits can also obtain generous financial incentives to implement the recommended energy-efficiency measures.

Attendees should bring the following information: estimated annual electric expenses and consumption (in kilowatt hours), estimated annual natural gas expenses and consumption (in therms) and square footage of the building(s). An email address is also needed to complete the online application.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312.

SUNY Canton Offering Energy Retrofit Workshop

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Learning about emerging insulating practices for buildings and homes can help local businesses and families reduce energy bills during North Country winters.

SUNY Canton is hosting ‘Transforming North Country Housing: The Deep Retrofit Opportunity’ beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 in the College’s Woodcock Conference Suite 212, located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The training and discussion will especially appeal to energy-conscious builders and contractors, groups involved in energy and housing work, as well as local government officials curious about improving the community. The session will be the technical-detailed culmination of the training required for implementing deep energy retrofit practices and improving all aspects of the exterior parts of buildings and homes in a comprehensive module.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Gregory A. Pedrick, CEM, Buildings Research and Development Project Manager, will be providing the training and facilitating the discussion. Pedrick has over 24 years of  engineering experience in the fields of power systems and generation, distributed control system automation for manufacturing facilities, research and development with specialty in infrared analysis, transmission and distribution system design, industrial energy efficiency, and Advanced Building features.

The event is free and open to all interested individuals, and 1.25 continuing education units (CEU) are available to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified attendees. In order to be credited for CEUs, attendees need to bring their candidate identification number from their BPI Certified Professional ID badge.

The event is being offered in partnership between NYSERDA and SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Art Garno, Site Coordinator for BPI recognized training given by SUNY Canton, at (315) 386-7197 or garnoa@canton.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome to attend.

 

SUNY Canton to Host BPI Certification Presentation

Friday, March 18th, 2011

North Country community members interested in getting involved in energy efficiency projects are encouraged to attend an upcoming presentation at SUNY Canton.

Arthur S. Garno, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Site Coordinator from SUNY Canton, is offering an informational presentation beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 in Payson Hall Room 124 on the College’s campus. There is no cost to attend the session.

The presentation will be geared towards those looking to become a BPI-accredited contracting company for construction projects that include energy efficiency measures. BPI is a leading developer of technical standards, training and professional credentialing for home performance assessments, building envelope retrofits and HVAC system retrofits.

SUNY Canton is the area’s training center for becoming a BPI-certified home energy auditor.

Only BPI-accredited contractors with BPI-certified staff are eligible to participate in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program that provides incentives to homeowners for energy efficiency retrofit work.

 

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Garno at (315) 386-7197 or garnoa@canton.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

 

SUNY Canton Experts Offer Building Analyst Trainings

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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Faculty experts from SUNY Canton’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program will be providing valuable Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst training, beginning Feb. 23 in Watertown.

“Every building works as a system,” said Michael J. Newtown, an Assistant Professor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program and BPI Instructor. “We show contractors why some homes fail, why some excel, and how to resolve residential heating and cooling problems.”

Newtown said that the training uses a “whole house” performance-based approach with the end result of a more comfortable, safe, and durable home.

Upcoming SUNY Canton BPI trainings include courses beginning at:

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 23, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Watertown.
  • 9 a.m., March 2, at ComLinks in Malone.
  • 9 a.m., March 15, at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.
  • 3 p.m., April 19, at SUNY Canton.

Newtown and his staff of highly trained professionals will also be offering Envelope Professional training beginning at 9 a.m. April 5 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Watertown.

“The knowledge contained in the BPI trainings make contractors more marketable to prospective clients,” Newtown said. “As end consumers look to save money and be ‘greener,’ building efficiency is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury.”

The BPI training includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of field training. Topics include identifying building performance problems such as ice dams, air quality issues, calculating energy consumption and analysis, and analyzing buildings using “blower door” technology. Written and field exams for the Building Analyst Professional certification follow the trainings.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will reimburse 75 to 100 percent of the training program fee upon successful completion of the course.

For more information or to register, visit www.canton.edu/bpi/ or contact Art Garno at SUNY Canton at 315.386.7197 or garnoa@canton.edu.