"Ecotech Institute Sustainability Conference" on December 6 to Focus on Renewable Energy Careers and the Future of Green Technology

Nov 26, 2013

Open House Event on Friday, December 6 Includes Impressive Line-up of Expert Speakers on Energy Efficiency, Lab Demos, Campus Tours, and Food Truck Lunch

Denver, Colo. - November 26, 2013 - On Friday, December 6, Ecotech Institute is hosting its first-ever "Ecotech Institute Sustainability Conference" from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its campus in Aurora at 1400 S. Abilene Street, right off of I-225. It is open to the public, allowing guests to listen to speakers, take tours, watch environmental training lab demos, enjoy lunch and meet Ecotech Institute staff and students. People are welcome to come and go throughout the day. The campus is easy to find and parking is plentiful.  

"We wanted to bring sustainable energy experts together with our students, faculty and the public to share how we're providing green energy training for the bright future of cleantech," said Chris Gorrie, Academic Dean at Ecotech Institute. "We have a packed schedule of events that will be enjoyable and educational for anyone who attends, including those looking for careers in sustainable energy."

Friday, December 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ecotech Institute, 1400 S. Abilene Street, Aurora, CO 80012


Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute Academic Dean, 10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
David Baker, EATON, 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
E. Ian Baring-Gould, NREL, 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
Colin Coyne, Managing Principal, Coyne Group; Ecotech Advisory Board, 10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Kimberly Banzhaf, Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center, 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Shirley Moore, GRID Alternatives, 11:20 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Adil Kahn, Transpower, 11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Jeff Boyce, Sustainability Educator, 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Brian Lee, Energy Auditor, 12:20 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Kate Doucett, Cool Planet, 12:40 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Mark Cucarola, Platinum Homes, 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Keynote by Abbas Ghassimi, New Mexico State University; Executive Director, IEE and WER; Ecotech Advisory Board, 1:20 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Question and Answer Panel, 1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch from a delicious local food truck, Mike's2Kitchen, will also be provided for attendees. Alongside the impressive line-up of expert speakers, hourly tours will be held throughout the school, with stops and a few demos at the Climbing Lab, Process Control Lab, Electrical Lab, Wind Lab, Solar Sheds, and the Energy Efficiency Lab.

Booths will also be set up by local sustainability companies such as: Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center, GrowHaus, GRID Alternatives, Cool Planet, REC Solar, Platinum Homes, EATON and Canopy Car Park.

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Ecotech Institute, the first college entirely focused on renewable energy and cleantech, has more than 500 students receiving practical training in the fields of sustainability. Ecotech Institute currently offers the following eight associate's degree programs:

  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Facility Management Technology
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Electrical Energy Technology
  • Power Utility Technician
  • Business Administration - Sustainability.

For more information on Ecotech Institute, visit

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers six highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.