Energy Center wins award for innovation

The Energy Center has won Sonic Foundry's Rich Media Impact Award for innovative use of its streaming video and presentation software. The Energy Center received the 2010 Global Reach Award for connecting with audiences in all 50 U.S. states and 13 countries through its live webinar approach.

Today the Energy Center of Wisconsin learned that it won Sonic Foundry's Rich Media Impact Award for innovative use of its streaming video and presentation software. The Energy Center received the 2010 Global Reach Award for connecting with audiences in all 50 U.S. states and 13 countries through its live webinar approach.

View the PR Newswire press release about the awards.

The innovation we apply to our work is displayed in the 4.5-minute video application for the award. It features high-quality, visually-appealing production highlighting exponential growth in audience reach. View the video at www.ecw.org/rmrevolution

Since 2007, the Energy Center has invested in state-of-the-art webinar technology and in-house technical expertise to become a leading provider of online education. Adding live streaming capabilities in 2009 resulted in a dramatic increase in participation—from 95 views in 2007 to a cumulative total of more than 11,000 views to date.

"This is an exciting award for us because we've taken our communications efforts—both in reach and in format—to the frontiers of what technology will allow," said Leslie Post, director of communications. "This capability is indispensible in helping to achieve our mission," she said.

In its recently completed free webinar series, "Accelerating Energy Efficiency", the Energy Center showcased new research findings for policy and decision-makers to 2,400 viewers. View our webinar archive.

The Energy Center's rich media approach also breaks through traditional training barriers—cost, time, and travel constraints—to deliver professional education. "Our customers demand an affordable, convenient way to maintain their credentials and learn the latest technologies and approaches," said Kathryn Schiedermayer, director of education. "The Energy Center's online education programs provide accessible training opportunities for commercial and residential building professionals around the world."

Our most recent live webinar series offering professional continuing education credits reached 1,300 participants. Energy Center University, powered by the Energy Center, is home to 27 accredited online programs.