Alternative energy distance learning may soon become a mandatory item in every business budget. Energy price spikes over the last several years and the increase in greenhouse gases have made more businesses aware that business as usual can no longer be the best model for growth and profit.
Energy awareness is no longer a matter of conscience. Alternative energy education can make your business proactive and profitable.
1. Distance learning in renewable energy can save money by making your company aware of fuel-efficient systems to hold your energy costs down.
2. Alternative energy programs can reduce your environmental footprint and promote your business’ role in developing a better future.
3. Distance learning in energy can help you maintain a competitive edge by keeping current with latest advances in alternative energy.
Conduct your own energy distance learning with online publicationsYou don't have to limit your thinking to alternative energy online courses. One of the quickest and least expensive forms of distance education is self-education. A number of sites can keep you up-to-date with the most current articles in the field.
Access alternative energy education sponsored by public agenciesUniversities and government agencies frequently post alternative energy courses or entire websites devoted to keeping you current on renewable resources. The classes are more likely to be up-to-date and less likely driven by a sales-force agenda than promotional sites.
web classes with a variety of links and resources. The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) maintains regular resource updates as well as updated links to a number of educational resources.
Enroll staff in alternative energy online courses for professional developmentIf your business needs to stay on top of what's happening in alternative energy and you have a professional development budget, you might want to spring for online classes for key staff members. You can enroll staff in individual courses or encourage them to pursue an alternative energy degree online. While online course and degree offerings aren't abundant, they are out there.
Energy Technology program among the available online college courses in energy technology. The San Francisco Institute of Architecture also offers a number of courses including courses on solar and wind energy and alternative lighting systems. If you are already running an alternative model or holistically oriented business, Project Nature Connect offers an alternative energy degree online in Ecopsychology and in Integrated Ecology. Both take a holistic approach to energy and the environment.
- Don't just delegate alternative energy education to staff members, keep abreast of the issues personally. Ask your staff to update you on what they've learned in their coursework including resources you should consult.