Techniques Magazine Techniques January 2011 : Page 6

L EADING E DGE CTE and Enviro-Sustainability FOR DECADES OUR COUNtRY has been debating issues related to energy and environmental sustainability. Our lexicon has shifted to include “green” terminology with phrases like “energy independence,” “eco-friendly,” “renewable energy” and “zero carbon footprint.” This conversation has moved aggressively into the education arena, and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and career and technical education (CTE) are major players in the dialogue and actions being undertaken. ACTE recognized early on the growing focus on sus-tainability issues and published an Issue Brief on the topic, CTE’s Role in Energ y and Environmental Sustainability, in Oc-Janet B. Bray tober 2008. We built a Web page on the ACTE Web site that includes a wealth of resources regarding CTE and sustainability. We serve on the board of directors for the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development that brings together the voices from industry, education, faith-based organizations and the community. We are working with the National Coalition for Certification Centers— a partnership between education and industry—to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skill standards in the energy arena. We are participating in several activities with the Center for Energy Workforce Development, including a grant funded by the Gates Foundation to implement their “Get Into Energy” curriculum in community and technical colleges. ACTE is pleased to welcome Siemens Industry Inc., Building Technologies Division, as its leading partner in energy education activities. This partnership was evident at the 2010 Convention where one day was declared “Energy Sustainability Day,” with several panel discussions focused on how secondary and postsecondary programs are integrating sustainability content into the curriculum. The partnership brought John Hofmeister, former CEO of Shell Oil Company, to the convention to share his conviction that there is an urgent need for a more balanced, coherent and practical approach to ensuring affordable, secure, cleaner and reliable sources of energy. Hofmeister has established a nonprofit organization, Citizens for Affordable Energy, to provide leadership in this area and called for CTE to join his quest. In September 2010, a summit was held as the U.S. Department of Education assumed the role of coordinating the government’s efforts to foster a sustainable future. ACTE attended the invitation-only summit to ensure CTE’s voice was included in the dialogue. ACTE’s partnership with Siemens will be bringing information, Webinars and other resources to the members as the focus on energy and environmental sustainability con-tinues to take form. CTE has an essential role to play in this area as the country seeks the knowledgeable and skilled workforce needed to invest in new energy-efficient and sustainable technology. As always, ACTE will be a leader in this area for its members, current and future workers, industry, and the health and security of our country. Techniques M A N AG IN G E D IT O R N. Susan Emeagwali / A C T E S TA F F C ONT R I B U T O RS Stephen DeWitt / Chris Hemmelman / Catherine Imperatore / Sabrina Kidwai / Nicole Steckman / DE S I G NE R Kelly Jenkins / O N L IN E E D IT O R Jonathan D. Miller / A DV E R T I S I N G AC C O U N T S A L E S R E P Tom Minich / Mel Katz / A D V E R T I SIN G C O O R D IN AT O R Jim Waterhouse, Techniques Magazine 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. 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