Field Coordinator

“When I lost my job as a billing analyst in 2006, I decided to go back to school. Divine revelation led me to the online catalog for Cedar Valley College, where I found the Residential Building Performance Technology program, and I thought, ‘I could do that.’

“I have been amazed at all of the new information there is about saving energy. My mother was always conserving energy in our home in Alabama, so I guess it’s really nothing new to me. In the past, we were aware of our usage and careful not to waste energy, as a way of life. As a society, we have become less aware of the effect that our wastefulness has on our environment and waste too many of our resources. I want to do my part to contribute to the energy bottom line and make our planet healthier and cleaner!

“I’ve taken all of my classes online to date. It’s really exciting that I found a job in the field I’m interested in. It all fell into place when I saw an ad from Ecos on the Internet that they wanted an energetic person to work with utilities, retailers, manufacturers and the public as they expanded into the Texas market.

“My company is based in Portland, Ore., and has expanded services into Texas. We have partnered with a Dallas-based utility company to manage an LED lighting program for garages and parking lots. The LED lighting program offers significant incentives for commercial, not-for-profit and governmental customers to upgrade parking lots, garages and other facilities with energy-efficient LED lighting and controls.”

Debra Poellnitz began Cedar Valley College’s Residential Building Performance Technology program in January 2007 and hopes to earn her associate degree. She would eventually like to become a LEED or HERS rater.