SEDAC, a public-private partnership with the University of Illinois and 360 Energy Group, believes in the transformative power of education. We draw upon the University's teaching expertise to educate and inspire people to become more sustainable and energy efficient. Many of our staff are experienced educators, with decades of experience teaching at the University of Illinois and elsewhere.

Educating communities

We're committed to educating our clients and the general public about energy efficiency and sustainability. We've presented at over 500 workshops, webinars, and other events throughout the state of Illinois, reaching more than 25,000 individuals. Topics have included everything from financing energy efficiency projects to energy efficiency program incentives and going beyond code when renovating a building.

While some of our presentations are given to a more general audience, many are tailored to a specific audience, such as schools, hospitals, libraries, or municipalities. We address barriers that these groups face to becoming more energy efficient and inspire them with success stories. We also produce resources and tips to educate people about energy efficiency. Check out our blog.

 

Educating students

Student training is at the heart of our mission. We've trained over 87 students through internships and student employment. SEDAC-supported courses have reached an additional 200 students, and former students are now employed in jobs related to energy efficiency and sustainability worldwide.

Kevin Donovan, a former intern, writes about his experience at SEDAC: "The staff is friendly, helpful, and very supportive of the interns.  After a training period, I was given my first project to experience real world energy analysis.  It was refreshing to be given the respect and responsibility while a student and it provided for a very professional atmosphere.  I worked with SEDAC for almost two years and have learned extensively about building energy requirements and consumption.  Because of the collaborative nature of the organization, I have also grown my team and networking skills.  I would have no problem approaching any staff member with a question or to seek help on a project.  Overall, SEDAC has been one of the best experiences of my graduate career."

Educating professionals

Through workshops, webinars, and presentations, SEDAC provides opportunities for energy auditors, building energy engineers, architects, and facilities managers to receive the professional training they need on the latest energy efficiency best practices. We are currently partnering with the Illinois EPA to provide energy code training.

SEDAC can provide training on building energy usage and analysis tailored to any group's needs. Training can range from a couple of hours to two weeks and can include introductory topics on building energy use basics and an overview of analytic tools. We can also provide energy audit site visits and hands-on training on calculating energy use intensity and benchmarking.

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