Pennsylvania school to receive federal grant money for energy-efficiency training

September 28, 2011

A $1.37 million grant was recently awarded to the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Lehigh University, to involve the students in a program that will help businesses become more energy efficient, according to the Lehigh Valley Express-Times.

The allotment of federal funding came less than a week after the university’s STEPS building received a LEED Gold certification for its efficient use of energy in the construction and design of the structure, reported the student newspaper Brown and White.

Lehigh University engineering students will be trained to help companies build more energy-efficient buildings and manufacturing plants once they complete their education, the Express-Times reported.

The grant requires the university to train 14 students a year in the specific sector for the next 10 semesters.

“With this funding, Lehigh University will better prepare students to compete for jobs after graduation and help local manufacturers increase their energy efficiency and competitiveness,” Senator Bob Casey said in a statement.

The funding for the Lehigh University program is the latest government move for energy efficiency in the region, which also contains the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings. This project will serve as a “living laboratory” for the development of technology within the sector.

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