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HUD Green Academy: Green Training in Bozeman, Montana

As part of HUD’s Affordable Green Initiative, the community of Bozeman hosted the final week of an intensive series of 20 training academies. They started on October 1, 2012 in Boston and concluded on February 15, 2013 in Montana. 

While Bozeman was by far the smallest community selected to host an academy, registration was not far behind major metropolitan areas, like New York and Los Angeles. This high level of interest shows the value that so many Montanans place on building a vibrant, sustainable future in this part of the country. 

Throughout the week, academy participants learned about everything from basic sustainable building principles to financing green building. Many in attendance also shared their first-hand experiences with HUD programs and services. 

For example, one housing authority director described the benefits of his agency’s energy performance contract. Another management company outlined how they are utilizing energy audits and tracking utility bills to set benchmarks and establish energy conservation goals.

[Photo 1: Training faciliity site]
The Montana Weatherization Center hosted the training academy.

Rather than conducting the academy at a HUD office or federal building, this training was hosted by the Montana Weatherization Center. This state-of-the-art training facility provided an exceptional learning environment for attendees to participate in hands-on demonstrations and applications of the training curriculum. Interestingly, the center is home to a Healthy Homes model house used for training students in weatherization and energy conservation programs.

The strong commitment to sustainability in Region 8 is reinforced from the top level. During his recent travel to Montana, Regional Administrator Rick Garcia made a special effort to attend the first day of the training. He was there to seek feedback from participants about how HUD can become a better partner. 

[Photo 2: Group of participants observing Regional Administrator's presentation]
Regional Administrator Rick Garcia addresses the group during the first morning.

One attendee said this was a great way to start the week and helped to make the event even more memorable and inspiring. Overall, attendance was higher than expected. The feedback was positive. Participants left with a renewed commitment to sustainability and green building principles.

Learn about the Montana Weatherization Center.