My First Week at Everblue

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Tue, 2011-05-31 09:43

Dogs. The thing I noticed first when I walked into Everblue’s office in Huntersville, NC was the fact that there were dogs. A big Rhodesian Ridgeback named Leo and a tiny ball of fur named Griffin. Of course there is sweet Lola and the happy (but cautious) Goldendoodle, Riley. They all mingle throughout the office, but eventually settle in by their owners. After having been properly sniffed, I began to settle in at my empty desk. Jamie and Mike gave me some reassuring words, and then it was time to get busy.

My very first task was to clean the whiteboard. I thought to myself “I can DO this.” However, I didn’t have to wait too long before I was presented with some more challenging jobs. One of these was locating and securing venues for the myriad of classes Everblue hosts every week. It turns out, finding a warehouse with 1000 sq’, power, concrete floors, and parking for 20 for two days a week in the month of June in Conshohocken, PA isn’t exactly a cake walk. Explaining that “yes, we clean up after the spray foam, caulk, mastic, and fiberglass air-sealing applications. . .not to worry”, was not the best selling point. I started to get the hang of it a little after some help from Cadi, Layla and Lesley.

As soon as I started to get a hint of familiarity with the venue-searching, I was asked to join Steve and Bana for a day of answering phones. . . which I quickly realized was going to begin with a test in desk-assembling skills. This was another intern-oriented job that I was relieved to have been tasked with. As I fumbled around on the office floor with dowels, cam locks, and glue, I listened to Steve and Bana talk to interested students. Some were calling about class scheduling, some about materials, and some were really excited just to be talking to someone about their newfound interest. I found out that people who are eager to get into practices of sustainability have a lot in common. Issues like foreign energy, national security, economic trends, and reducing our footprint come up. But the conversation always seems to anchor on the inspiring thought that there’s a lot of important work to be done.

I was next approached by Vince, the man in charge of our solar program. I was to learn everything I could about the solar market and create an analysis. I paused for a second as I realized that in a matter of a few days Everblue took me from cleaning the whiteboard to writing a market analysis. What I learned rather quickly about the field of solar training is that there are a lot of companies out there doing it—and not all of them very well. Some companies featured hands on training, while others touted their own certificates of achievement. I began to see that there were companies that got into the training aspect of solar just to plug their own products. I was learning a lot, not only about solar in general, but also about Everblue’s leading role in the solar industry.

Solar is undoubtedly one of the most promising industries of the green movement. As demand grows and production ramps up, there will be a corresponding increase in demand for those who can properly design, install, and maintain solar components. That’s where Everblue comes in! We offer introductory PV courses with certifications as well as a design and install class. We also teach solar thermal applications. You can complete a course and receive a NABCEP certification in 5 days. If there is not a class near you and travel is not an option, consider an online class. Everblue offers the most effective online webinars of any company out there. The best part about these webinars is that you can do them over 5 weeks, live online, or you can log in to your account and watch on-demand class videos any time you want. The live online classes feature video demonstrations, live chat, and course materials to follow along with. It’s like you are there, but in the privacy of your own home.

Okay, enough plugging the awesome solar program at Everblue. I am preparing for week two of my internship, in which I will talk on the phones, proctor a BPI field test, and write another blog entry. In the meantime, I think I should mention the very lovely Miranda, the patient Julie, the kind-hearted Katie, Velvet (no description needed), the talented Sean, Paige, Ashley, Bethany, and last but not least, the guys in charge, Grant, and brothers Jon and Chris Boggiano. Thanks for making me feel at home.  I look forward to learning more about all the programs Everblue has to offer, such as the commercial energy auditing course and its corporate sustainability training. By this time next year I hope to also add a LEED credential to my resume.  Now it is off to do some “networking” with co-workers at the Kilted Buffalo.

Teal B.

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