Read about Bill Pedersen’s reasons for taking a BPI course:
The American people are facing daunting energy challenges. At a societal level, the United States consumes more and more of its finite, already depleted fossil fuel resources every year. The extraction of these fuels harms the human environment by degrading the air we breathe and water we drink. Transforming fossil fuels into electricity alters the world we live in by contributing to global climate change and intensifying extreme weather events such as Supper Storm Sandy. Additionally, America’s reliance on imported energy is a political and national defense vulnerability. On an individual level, millions of Americans struggle to stay warm and pay their utilities every year. As a society we have no choice, Americans need to start using energy more efficiently.
This grim energy reality is why I am so excited to take a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Energy Analyst Course. My BPI training will teach me how to increase residential energy efficiency. From identifying and rectifying air leaks, to improving duct performance, to installing insulation, I am learning many of the skills needed to improve the performance of America’s aging housing stock. Improving residential energy efficiency impacts both the societal and individual aspects of the American energy challenge. Homes that require less energy will allow the American society to reduce our extraction of fossil fuels, curve our contribution to global climate change, mitigate the pollution we release into our air and water, and decrease our reliance on foreign fuels. On an individual level, more efficient homes will translate to lower utility bills for millions of hard working Americans.
While the lessons we learn in this BPI course will allow the other nine students and I to positively impact our communities, more work is needed. Many Americans are still unaware of our country’s precarious energy situation and what they can do to help our civilization and save their money. Therefore, I plan to begin teaching educational seminars regarding energy efficiency to spread the knowledge I am learning from this BPI course. Hopefully, I can inspire members of the audience to pass on this message to their friends and family. Together, we can work to increase our societal awareness of the many American energy challenges and how increasing residential energy efficiency can benefit the larger American society and the individual home owner.
Bill Pedersen, a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Bill attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York graduating in May 2013. As an undergraduate Bill majored in Environmental Studies with a focus in American Studies, and minored in History. Bill has previous internship experiences with the Appalachian Mountain Club and a Boston based solar development company. Outside of work, Bill is an avid outdoors man who enjoys hiking, fishing, biking, and boating. Bill is serving as an energy auditing intern with the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bill is very excited about serving with the Energy Corps and making a difference in Philadelphia communities.
 While adopting alternative energy sources is another valid approach to addressing the various American Energy challenges, it is outside of the scope of this short blog.