For Immediate Release
January 6, 2014
Contact: Joan Lawrence-Bauer
845-331-2140 x 263

Kingston, NY — 1/6/2014 — Contractors interested in adding home energy efficiency expertise and certifications to their money-making skill sets and those exploring new careers helping people save energy can jump start their efforts at SUNY Ulster in January. Even in a stagnant economy, the field of home energy efficiency contracting is expanding rapidly as home and business owners face increasing energy costs.

SUNY Ulster and RUPCO will co-host an orientation presentation, “Green Jobs – Green New York Training Opportunities” on Thursday, January 16th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm during the SUNY Ulster Open House at the Business Resource Center, at One Development Court, Ulster Avenue in Kingston. The presentation will highlight SUNY Ulster’s certification courses as a great doorway into successful work in energy efficiency contracting. Contractors or entrepreneurial career changers can become certified through the national Building Professional Institute (BPI) to do energy efficiency retrofits for homeowners under the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program.

Erlend Kimmich, from Conservation Services Group, will speak about the opportunities available through NYSERDA to subsidize certification training courses and initial expenses for contractors to get started in the energy efficiency field. Bill McKnight, owner of local energy efficiency company Energy Conservation Specialists, will speak from a contractor’s perspective about the work available and the general expectations for people entering the field. RUPCO Outreach Coordinator Michael Courtney will explain current marketing outreach through RUPCO’s Green Jobs –Green New York Program and highlight the increasing demand for energy efficiency work in the Hudson Valley that will help contractors grow their businesses.

SUNY Ulster is a recognized leader in Continuing Education and Career Training, with specialties in Energy Science & Sustainability, Environmental, Health & Safety and Manufacturing & Industrial Tech among others. With more than 400 courses, the college is providing relevant, high quality, affordable training in the Hudson Valley. More information on SUNY Ulster and on this program is available by contacting Barbara Reer at SUNY Ulster at 845-802-7171 or

As the region’s leading provider and advocate of quality, affordable housing and community development programs, RUPCO understands the true value buildings have to our community – as the foundation of success for economic development. Through its work, RUPCO strengthens homes, communities and lives.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs.

RUPCO’s Green Jobs – Green NY Program is part of a statewide effort administered by NYSERDA to strengthen our communities through energy efficiency. Green Jobs – Green New York provides funding for energy assessments, low-cost financing for energy upgrades and technical and financial support to develop a clean energy workforce.

For more information, contact Michael Courtney at RUPCO’s Green Jobs – Green New York Program at 845-331-2140 x260, or Or contact Barbara Reer at SUNY Ulster at 845-802-7171 or

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