401(e) Coordinator Jason Schaefer was recently awarded an Environmental Policy Fellowship from the American Council on Germany to study energy efficiency. Only two Americans and two Germans were selected as Environmental Policy Fellows this year, so this is a great achievement and opportunity for Jason and 401(e). By further educating ourselves and staying up-to-date on the latest technology, trends, and best practices in energy efficiency, we can continue to offer 401(e) clients the highest quality service and products.
The American Council on Germany’s fellowship programs offer Americans and Germans with professional development opportunities, providing fellows the chance to conduct on-site research and interviews, to exchange ideas with others in the industry, and establish working relationships with international counterparts.
In April 2014, Jason will be traveling to Germany to attend the 18th International Passive House Conference and meet with leading experts on energy efficiency. He will be focusing on researching energy efficiency policy, financing, and best practices for existing buildings.
For a profile of recent Environmental Policy Fellow Amanda Bilek, check out the link below. Bilek is the Energy Policy Specialist at the Great Plains Institute, a nonprofit that works throughout the Midwest – including North Dakota.
In case you missed it, Jason was also in the news earlier this week, serving on a clean energy panel with the Mayor of Grand Forks, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, and others involved in energy efficiency efforts in the community.
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