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Community Housing Partners' Mark Jackson Recognized as

Christiansburg, Va. – Everyone wants to be cool, but how many of us can consider ourselves cool citizens? Mark Jackson, the vice president of the New River Center for Energy Research and Training (NRCERT), a division of Community Housing Partners (CHP), can count himself among the lucky few who were recently named a Roanoke Valley Cool Citizen. He was recognized on March 14 at the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition’s (RVCCC) annual All Affiliates Conference for his work in the nonprofit sector toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through conservation, energy efficiency programs, and the implementation of clean, renewable energy.

RVCCC is a non-profit organization that serves the region by educating the public and government officials about global warming, the impact of fossil fuels, renewable energy, and many other environmental issues. Since 2009, RVCCC has bestowed Cool Citizen awards to organizations, companies, individuals, and government entities for their work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Jackson has been with CHP since 2010 and now oversees operations at NRCERT, a nationally-recognized leader in the energy efficiency training field whose mission is to provide both training and research in state-of-the-art residential energy conservation techniques and home-performance testing, as well as heating and cooling equipment diagnostics, repair and replacement. Recognized by the Department of Energy for its quality training and expert,credentialed trainers, NRCERT is one of only 12 such facilities in the nation. Core training activities take place in a 12,500 square foot space where the latest props and equipment support the annual delivery of over 3,000 units of training in energy conservation techniques.

"I am honored to be presented this award by the RVCCC and I am proud to lead a very talented and dedicated team at the New River Center for Energy Research and Training. The passion of every team member at NRCERT is demonstrated daily through their commitment to provide training and research in residential energy efficiency techniques that touch the lives of so many citizens in the U.S.," stated Jackson.

Monica Rokicki, owner and partner at Better Building Works, LLC, nominated Jackson, saying, "Mark is but one of the amazing team of energy efficiency professionals at NRCERT, which is a part of Community Housing Partners. Every one of them is a rock star, but Mark is the quiet, steady force that helps everyone shine. He’s the 'business' mind behind the action, without which many great intentions could not come to pass. This is the type of person we need more and more of here in southwest Virginia!"