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Green Energy Summit to be held at SKCTC Harlan campus

Southeast Kentucky Community amp; Technical College will sponsor a Green Energy Summit slated for Wednesday March 16 and to be held on the colleges Harlan campus.

According to Stephen G. Chuck Sturgill, director of the Harlan campus, the day-long event will allow SKCTC students who are enrolled specifically in the carpentry, heating and air conditioning and electricity disciplines to receive first-hand information about various cutting-edge technologies dealing with advances being made in regard to the conservation of energy. Sturgill also noted that while the summit is primarily for students, local contractors as well as the general public are warmly invited to attend all sessions.

The lineup will include two separate sessions.

Session one is set for 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. and also from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. and is titled: Introduction to Energy Efficient Residential Building Envelope Design and Construction. The course will be directed by Josh Ayoroa, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky College of Design, School of Architecture. The session, according to Sturgill, will work to introduce the fundamentals of advanced building envelope design and construction with an emphasis on a systems approach to energy efficient residential buildings. A description of the components such as windows, insulating materials and sheathings will be covered. A brief description of energy recovery ventilation will also be covered.

Session two is: Introduction to Residential Solar Electric Systems will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. under the direction of Joshua Bills, an energy specialist who works with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) in Berea to develop and coordinate energy assessments and pursue emergency energy efficient and renewable energy opportunities for entrepreneurs. He assists a business development team in developing financing opportunities for energy reduction and renewable (RE) projects.

Students on the Harlan campus are actively involved in Green Energy projects as they work closely with the Kentucky Highlands consortium. Students each school term build modular housing units that are shipped to sites across the region, providing affordable housing for many.

The Summit is expected to draw several hundred participants, said Sturgill. We are hopeful the event will cast a bright light on the numerous ways we can become more friendly to the environment.

For further information, contact Sturgill at the SKCTC Harlan campus, phone 606/589-3228.