Message from our Executive Director

What's new at our institute for May 2020!

We gave away over $50,000.00 worth of online courses, during our recent thirty-day public service campaign, doing our part to help people remain vibrant, informed, and productive while they practiced social distancing. Most of those who availed themselves of this opportunity, selecting one free course from among our entire online curriculum, went on to peruse our website’s vast trove of always-free-to-the-public information: factsheets, videos, articles, downloads, whitepapers. And we’re working hard to continue our public service effort throughout May and beyond.

We are very excited to be nearing production on a series of free public service podcasts. Each podcast will explore and explain the vital importance, during and after the current pandemic, of creating and maintaining healthy indoor environments in homes, schools, places of worship, and workplaces. They will be hosted by television personalities Ron and Lisa Beres, alumni of our institute’s professional certification program and founders of the Healthy Home Dream Team®, who’ll be interviewing Building Biology experts on various proven methods and practices and answering in real time listeners’ call-in questions. And each podcast will then be available for listening on our website, including the call-in Q&A with live listeners. Watch our website and stay tuned to our e-mailed announcements for details about coming launch.

Our Indoor Environmental Quality Seminar will be broadcast online for the first time ever, and we invite you to attend from anywhere in the world! Completing IBE 211 successfully will fulfill the IEQ requirement for students pursuing or thinking of pursuing Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC) professional certification and convey 40 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to all successful attendees. As a way to minimize the time you’ll spend parked in front of your computer, IBE 211 will be conducted during a 9-day, weekend-through-weekend span (13 through 21 June), with prerecorded lectures, live Q&A sessions with your instructor Stephen Collette (via Zoom), and unlimited access to Stephen via e-mail. Click here to enroll today or submit a deposit to reserve your spot.

Our Course of the Month for May is Indoor Climate Overview, IBE 211.7, available throughout May 2020 for 50% off the published tuition. Click here for details and to enroll; to read our free Indoor Climate Overview factsheet click here.

I am very pleased to announce that our institute is the grateful recipient of a generous grant from Carroll Petrie Foundation. Those funds will be devoted to producing our new podcast series and writing at least one of the several new online courses we have planned, along with a free-to-the-public factsheet based on that course or courses’ content.

Our institute’s new Five-year Strategic Plan is hot off the presses! Our board’s Strategic Plan Subcommittee, led by Sonia Hoglander and Paula Baker-Laporte, put a great deal of thought, time, and research into bringing this comprehensive plan to fruition. And it’s now available to potential donors and grantors upon request.