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The New Environmental Advocates


Residential, commercial, and public buildings account for 38 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and consume 72 percent of the nation's electricity, according to the independent organization the U.S. Building Council. Wright, a city college of Chicago, offers a building energy occupational technologies certificate to stu- dents who complete six courses on energy systems for commercial and residential buildings, the technical aspects of alternative and renewable energy sources, and building operation and maintenance. For students who need basic training, it's difficult for the Wright program to teach the science, math, and engineering skills required for jobs in energy, construction, and hazardous waste management.

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