BCT Alumnus Profile: Zac Bloom

BCT Alumnus Profile: Zac Bloom

We recently met up with Zac Bloom who pursued our Professional Master’s program in Building Systems and is now Director of Sustainability & Renewables at Competitive Energy Services. Thinking back on his time at UMass, he provided the following summary and advice for other students: "Building and Construction Technology at UMass Amherst was instrumental in preparing me for my career in the energy industry. I came to BCT from the financial services industry. As a result, I was already familiar with the capital and commodities markets when I arrived at UMass. The BCT program rounded out my education by providing me the tools to understand building construction, energy usage and the demand or consumer side of the energy equation. Learning about energy modeling, building materials and mechanical systems allowed me to connect both sides of the energy system and to provide more value to my clients in my current position as Director of Sustainability & Renewables at Competitive Energy Services ("CES"). I came to CES...
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Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten speaks about Integrated Sustainability Planning for the Design Building

Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten speaks about Integrated Sustainability Planning for the Design Building

In her talk, which was part of BCT's 2017 spring lecture series, Marta Bouchard of Atelier Ten explained the decision processes behind the many sustainability-related aspects of the Design Building, like its building envelope, ventilation, daylighting, energy modeling, materials, and others. Links: Atelier Ten Presentation ...
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Weil to speak on “Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries”

In this month's iteration of Western Mass Green Consortium's Green Night, BCT's Ben Weil, Extension Associate Professor in building energy, will speak about "Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries." Details: Wednesday, April 12 at 5 PM - 8 PM Platform Sports Bar 125A Pleasant St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/500244066848163/ ...
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Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

BCT's extension faculty member Ben Weil and his "Clean Energy Corps" students (from the BCT 597R course) were recently in the news with their efforts to make buildings more sustainable for Massachusetts' municipalities: Let Us Introduce the UMass Clean Energy Corps Ask town officials what they think in Ware. Ask them in Natick, and in Greenfield. Palmer too. These are some of the towns where the new UMass Clean Energy Corps has touched down in the few months since its founding. The Corps is a student-centered initiative focused on helping communities across the Commonwealth develop and meet their clean energy goals. It was created by UMass Clean Energy Extension, a research and outreach program that in its first two years of life has been helping transform communities and businesses into cleaner, more efficient places to live, work, and grow into the future. UMass Clean Energy Extension is a program of UMass Extension (or as it was once known, Cooperative Extension), which, for over a hundred...
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