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March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

My first experience with iCAST was through the Denver Green Jobs Initictives, in the Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency and BPI Certification. I was excepted into the internship, inwhich I monitered classses, technical writting, special projects, and a numberous other activities. My leadership skills where very helpful, but my computer needed some improvement. I worked with power point, excel, word, etc., that improved these skills that needed more work. I have had two great role models, in Chris Stone, and Laura McGaughey who have been a blessing in helping me grow confidence and encouragement, along with the rest of the staff. I feel that iCAST has played a vital role in the success of the Denver Green Jobs initctives program, and helping those who are disavantaged, lack self convidence, and feel like they have no place in the marketplace. I beleave that iCAST has so much to give and is a vital part in developing a positive hope in a world of dispare. I still volinteer with the iCast office at denver Green Jobs Initictives, to try to carry on what I have expericenced and give back to those in need of a encouraging role model.

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Encouragement, mentering, and training

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The internship could be longer, and each intern, assigned a special project that would impact what iCAST is all about.

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

I was first introduced to iCAST through Denver Green Jobs Initiatives. iCAST was doing the Solar training. I was enrolled in this class. During my training the iCAST personel asked the students if they would like to volunteer in the iCAST office. I volunteered, when I first started volunteering I was told I would be doing technical writing. This scared the B-Jesus out of me because my writing skills are not that good. I excel in Math and Science but I've never been known for my writing skills. Through a lot of patience on the iCAST's staff part and a lot of hard work on my part I became a technical writer. Then I became a paid intern. iCAST offers internships to the student at DGJI and it is a confidence builder and helps to build work skills. Being able to say you worked as an intern will help make me more marketable to future employers.

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My skills as a writer

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Large so it can employ more people and make the internships longer

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

iCAST gives back to the community in many ways. It provides students with the opportunity to contribute to real world solutions in business, renewable energy, engineering situations, energy efficiency and waste stream management both benefitting the communities they serve and increasing the students ability to find work. it provides companies and farmers the technical assistance to assist in the development of their economic sustainability. It provides green jobs training for many of our nations unemployed and underemployed. And it provides energy audits and weatherization of low income housing, government agencies and non-profit organizations in order to save energy and lower utility costs.

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seeing the benefits to the communities and indiduals served.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its funding so that it could reach more communities and individuals.

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

I am working with iCAST on a Sustainability Planning project for a local community with their role being the coordinator for the overall sustainability plan while my role is focused on the transportation aspects. I find iCAST to be a refreshingly innovative and out-of-the-box thinker as an organization (especially as a non-profit). They are not like a typical consulting outfit that wants to do their study and get paid. The staff cares about their work and wants to make an impact in the community.

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My dealings with iCAST over its history

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to depend even less on government grants for their funding.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

iCAST helped me to get real world experience while at the same time helping out economically disadvantaged people in Colorado's San Luis Valley. As a service learning intern I performed computer simulations of several houses in the San Luis Valley as part of a study on the economic feasibility of various energy efficiency and solar energy technologies specific to the San Luis Valley. The experience I gained from my work with iCAST was invaluable and the result of the study was to provide people of the San Luis Valley with general guidelines about the most cost effective ways to reduce their energy expenditures.

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helping people first hand in understanding the complicated field of sustainable building design.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its reach so that it could help more people.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

ICAST is an outstanding organization that is helping communities adopt triple bottom line projects that involve University students also. Their have involved thousands of students in the last 10 years and have substantive contributions to communities they work with.

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seeing the results in communities they have helped

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its funding

March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

My name is Matt, and I was a volunteer working for iCAST through the University of Colorado in Denver last fall from September through December. Over the course of that Service Learning opportunity, I was quickly made to feel like a part of the team, working with the home office staff. iCAST really does amazing work, particularly in the areas of renewable energy technology and sustainability.

Some of the projects that I was working on included installing a bio-diesel facility in Stratton, CO, refitting a sawmill in Delta, CO to use their own wood waste to dry the lumber, and conducting Energy Efficiency studies throughout the city of Denver, installing new and more efficient improvements to the houses there.

My experience working with iCAST was 100% positive, and I highly recommend it to anyone in the Denver area who is looking to volunteer for a company that is making a difference for people on a daily basis.

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Akron CO, Stratton CO, Lakewood CO, and Denver CO. In each of these locations iCAST was helping local communities use local resources, together with iCAST expertise and project management, for local benefits.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish that iCAST had another office location, as their location in Lakewood can be a bit of a hassle to get to if you aren't taking the bus.

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