With more than a decade of experience in our industry, Confluence Communications helps to connect people, place, and planet by serving businesses involved in energy and environmental construction (green building).
We create specialized outreach and communications strategies, plans, events, webinars, and materials to showcase and promote the sustainability, integrity, and performance of our clients’ programs, products, and services.
Our clients are organizations who strive to improve our world through outreach, education, and research activities focused on sustainability, energy, and the environment.
The U.S. DOE Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) program is focused on improving the energy performance of our nation’s homes through research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies, and model programs. Confluence has worked for the past decade to support a variety of program development, outreach and communications initiatives with RBI.
This work includes contribution to, and the development and implementation of outreach, stakeholder engagement, media, and communications strategies for Building America, and the Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (and its predecessor, the Builders Challenge and DOE Challenge Home programs).
Since 2008, Confluence has managed a series of technical communications events for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. DOE Building America Program. Over the last six years, this has included a half dozen public meetings with upwards of 300 registrants and extensive (75+ presenters), research planning and coordination meetings of 100 attendees or more, and smaller, more focused working groups. Since 2014, Confluence has supported the development and management of the Building America Webinar Series, which continues to get more than 200 attendees per webinar. This work has included strategy development and planning, development of all relevant communications materials, webinar logistics, training, hosting, and follow-up. The series will continue into 2016.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. In 2013 and 2015, Confluence Communications was tasked with:
- Executing the management of volunteers to welcome and orchestrate over 60,000 visitors to the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is largely operated over two weeks by volunteer staff. Our team was responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and coordinating the volunteer and docent staff to execute a world-class experience for visitors. This included 1,885 registered volunteers and 40 interns who contributed their time for over 2,291 shifts and 11,480 hours in total. In addition to being locally based, our volunteer program is so sought after that volunteers travel in from all over the globe to participate.
- Managing and producing all special events for the Solar Decathlon in 2015. This work included the All Team Meeting, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, ribbon cuttings, daily award contest announcements and the Victory Breakfast. In addition to speech writing, presentations and show flows, Confluence was charged with identifying vendors and acquiring all lighting, technical equipment and furnishings required in addition to hiring and managing 12 event staff to execute events with high-level speakers and stakeholders.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready homes. In 2015 Confluence was tasked with all aspects of competition and event management from recruiting, creation and maintenance of registration website, communications regarding contest submissions and travel logistics with faculty and students, webinar training, onsite logistics including registration and awards ceremony and poster session management, and coordination of competition awards. 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities competed in the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. Confluence is pleased to be working again on the 2016 Race to Zero.
Operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in conjunction with guidance from the Clean Energy Ministerial, the U.N., and their partners and stakeholders, the Clean Energy Solutions Center offers live, free, live webinar trainings to a global audience a regarding clean energy solutions policies. From 2012-2015, Confluence managed the operation and reporting of these webinars which have audiences ranging from 15 to 500 attendees. With approximately 50 webinars each year, the recordings are now being offered on the Clean Energy Solutions Center YouTube Channel.
"We have worked with Confluence Communications for nearly two years as they have coordinated and executed our training webinars on clean energy policy. Webinar panelists hail from many countries around the globe and attendees can be up to several hundred people at a time."
Project Leader for the Clean Energy Solutions Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) assesses all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere.In 2013 and early 2014, Confluence had the opportunity to provide comprehensive editing services for the IPCC’s Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report "Mitigation of Climate Change,” which was accepted by governments and published online in April 2014.
Content Creation and Production
Working with Hanley Wood University, Confluence Communications produces training curricula and provides full course development for American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education and USGBC/LEED Credits. Confluence Communications provides full service and high quality content creation and production of a wide variety of online courses based on specific building products, typically those with a “green” or sustainable aspect. The courses are taken by architects seeking to earn continuing education credits as well as builders and other industry professionals looking for information on new materials available in an ever changing market.
"For more than five years we have trusted Confluence Communications to provide outstanding educational and marketing material development services to both our internal team, and clients. One of the things we greatly appreciate about Confluence is their professional and courteous attitude towards maintaining a positive relationship with some of our most valued clients. We look forward to continuing our work with Confluence for years to come."
LEED Green Associate Education and Training Developer
Hanley Wood University
Weatherizing America’s more than 115 million existing homes is a critical part of reducing our nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthier living environments for people. Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) allocated funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to significantly improve the performance of qualified low-income homes. Confluence Communications was proud to contribute to this process.
The State of Tennessee’s Higher Education Authority was provided funds through the 2009 ARRA funds to establish an aggressive training program specifically to support the Tennessee Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This program helps low-income households reduce energy costs by providing assistance to weatherize their homes.
Confluence Communications was charged with creating a full training curriculum that
covered all aspects of the weatherization process, from the basics of building science to advanced building diagnostics. With only a 100-day deadline to meet, the project included over 35 individual training videos, study guides, and assessments.
For more information on this cool project, check out this example of the training material we prepared.