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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce Development

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The City's Jobs Training Albuquerque (JTA) workforce development program gives preference to companies in the renewable and alternative energy product manufacturing industry. Those companies can get free training for their employees in various skill areas.

Additionally, the City works with the Microgrid Consortium to connect with the JTA program to explore possible, new training topics related to energy efficiency. the Microgrid Consortium is involved in workforce training trough Santa Fe Community College. A formal relationship has not been created with CNM yet, but there are ongoing discussions. 

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Atlanta's Solar Energy Procurement Agreement (SEPA) contract includes a 35% Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal for suppliers and subcontractors used in the contract.The City's SEPA contractor partnered with a DC-based solar installer to establish local workforce training programs through engaging WorkSource Atlanta, Atlanta's workforce development authority, and other community stakeholders.  

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Aurora has supported the research and development center SolarTAC, which has provided several workforce training opportunities.

Last updated: July 2021

The City of Austin partnered with the University of Texas to partially fund the Austin Clean Tech Incubator

The city’s Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department administers the Minority- Owned, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Procurement Programs for the City of Austin. SMBR also provides developmental opportunities and resources for small (for-profit) businesses so that they can have affirmative access to City procurement opportunities and show productive growth.  This includes any renewable energy or energy efficient contracts.

The city also created the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) program to help Austinites who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 earn income, serve their community, and gain skills that can lead to strong new careers. 

Last updated: August 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The city’s Office of Sustainability’s Community Resilience Hub supports the Civic Works nonprofit to develop a local renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Birmingham partnered with local institutions to offer Minority Business Enterprise contracting partners with training opportunities focused on expanding energy efficiency skills to achieve energy savings in municipal buildings and future efficiency projects. 

Last updated: July 2021

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

With support from Eversource and National Grid, Boston’s Department of Environment runs the Building Operations Certification (BOC) pilot program. The program has offered an opportunity for workers to enroll in 74 hours of training and earn BOC certification tuition-free.

Boston Housing Authority (BHA) signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with Ameresco and the Building and Constructions Trades Council for the completion of $66.7 million in energy efficiency improvements for public housing properties. The PLA created more than 600 jobs, including for public housing residents.

The City has also engaged with the Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to host an annual Contractor Academy for WMBEs in the Boston area. This course teaches small business owners how to contract with public entities like the City and we know that at least one of the graduates of that program went on to win a contract to perform high efficiency heat pump upgrade work at a Parks Department facility which will also decarbonize the facility by replacing the primary source of heat from fuel oil to electricity. 

Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council partnered with the Solar Foundation to faciliate solar training for building inspectors from Boston and the surrounding metropolitan area.  

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Buffalo Public Schools offer career and technical education for students in solar technology, with some schools offering students the opportunity for hands-on training and a chance to earn certification in solar installation.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas, has launched the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (“RENEW”) Training Program. RENEW provides paid training opportunities to Charlotte residents with barriers to employment for careers in the green economy.

 

Last updated: June 2021

The community solar RFP includes a section on local workforce development. Respondents must meet Minority and Women Business Enterprise participation requirements. City residents must perform 50% of workhours, with at least 7.5% of those residents being project area residents.

The city’s energy benchmarking policy also includes a workforce development provision, where a professional with a city-approved license and/or training credential must verify the data. The City has worked with several local organizations to ensure their training programs are recognized under this requirement. Some of the local organizations that provide training include the City Colleges of Chicago, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 1 training center, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

PACE projects over $2 million are required to meet the city's MBE and WBE requirements. 

Last updated: June 2021

Chula Vista, in partnership with its school district, created spaces within its Civic Center and South Library to encourage elementary schools students to pursue STEM education at an early age and to pave the way for students to find careers in the energy sector.

Last updated: June 2021

Cincinnati executed a project labor agreement for city's municipal solar array

Last updated: August 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Columbus partners with IMPACT Community Action to provide run two workforce development programs. The Community Energy Advocate program is a 16-week training per cohort, focused on developing the skills to be a part of the clean energy industry in Central Ohio. Staff meet with residents in the Opportunity Neighborhoods to educate on energy efficiency, provide immediate opportunities to save energy and water, and connect eligible residents into existing home weatherization and efficiency upgrade programs run by IMPACT and MORPC. 

The city also funded the Community Energy Saves program that led to over 30,000 home energy audits in Opportunity Neighborhoods. The city hired energy savers advocates from Opportunity Neighborhoods, to better align staff with the communities they serve.

Last updated: August 2021

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Denver partnered with Xcel Energy to implement a workforce development program as part of the Denver Energy Challenge that included contractor certification training, health and safety training, and business sales training from 2011 to 2017. 

The city received $100,000 in budget for 2020 to develop workforce training programs in the climate space. The city has a plan of using these funds to enable disadvantaged communities to have opportunities in the clean energy economy.

The Renewable Denver Initiative includes a paid workforce training program in partnership with GRID Alternatives. 

Last updated: August 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

The city previously ran the Resilient Ambassadors volunteer program to increase energy and water efficiency. Volunteers received hands-on training and experience retrofitting buildings. We could not determine if the program is still ongoing.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Hartford's Energy Improvement District formally adopted the city's supplier diversity policy, which incorporates guidelines for MBE and WBE participation in energy projects approved by the board. 

In addition, the City of Hartford's EID Board supports critical local workforce development programs, such as the engineering and green technology at Hartford Public High School.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

This city does not have programs committed to developing an energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The city worked with Houston Community College/Northeast Energy Institute to develop a solar curriculum as part of the Solar Houston Initiative.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

JEA had partnered with a local trade group, the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), to create E-Council, a venue for building science education and training across the Northeast Florida community. Through NEFBA, JEA provided several training opportunities for contractors and home energy professionals and was considering offering additional training opportunities for field-level personnel who install energy efficiency upgrades in local homes.

We could not verify if this program is ongoing or if the city currently offers any other program committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency/renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Kansas City has negotiated with PACE programs to encourage increased contracting of MBEs and WBEs. 

Last updated: September 2020

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee offers training for contractors that work to install energy saving measures on properties as part of its Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover program.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The city Department of Economic and Urban Development programs seek to train people in clean energy jobs.

Last updated: September 2020

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The City of Long Beach has an active partnership with GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GRID).  GRID's installation training programs offer experienced participants additional training to further develop their skills and prepare for opportunities in the solar jobs market. The City is strengthening its partnership with GRID through participation on the Renewables Accelerator

Last updated: June 2021

To spur cleantech job creation, the city offers private cleantech companies incentives to be located in the city’s CleanTech Corridor

The Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program , jointly operated by LADWP and the IBEW Local 18 since 2011, is an earn-and-learn, pre-apprenticeship training program in which entry-level trainees work full time weatherizing homes and small businesses while learning skills and preparing for civil service exams and career opportunities in the utility.  

Last updated: June 2021

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

Madison administers Green Power, a solar energy workforce training program. The Green Power program is aimed at bringing people of color, women, and other underrepresented groups into the solar industry to help diversify the trades, and create job opportunities to historically marginalized groups. 

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability and Resilience and local partners launched the Sustainable Workforce Initiative, a two-year program that includes energy efficiency workforce development. 

Last updated: Jule 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

As part of the city’s Me2 initiative, the city entered into a community agreement to provide more job training to women and people of color.

Last updated: July 2021

The city has contracted the National Association of State Energy Officials to conduct a study on developing a renewable energy workforce. The city released the results of the study in early 2019. Additionally, Minneapolis issued an RFP for a community solar garden that included local workforce participation requirements. 

The Minneapolis School District offers a Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE) program to youth. The City of Minneapolis has provided funding in 2019 to provide workforce education to 200 young people in Minneapolis to prepare them to participate in the growing clean technology economy.  

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if Montgomery County has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce. The county’s MFD program includes contracting goals for minority, female, and disability-owned businesses.

Last updated: December 2019

NES runs the Home Energy Uplift Program, which provided home energy improvements to over 200 limited-income homeowners. The city received a grant to create a jobs training program to support the program that provided training in weatherization and construction to over 100 Davidson County residents. 

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We were unable to find information on energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development. 

Last updated: June 2021

The City University of New York offers course credit to participants in a high-performance green building program coordinated by local chapter 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), a trade union for construction workers. This program complements the city’s Local Law 87.

The NYC Department of Education offers several sustainability education and workforce programs. Through their Career and Technical Education programs, over 700 hundreds of teachers have been trained in green construction and solar, reaching over 15,000 students. In addition, the Department of Education ran a pilot to use solar installations on their own roofs to employ students as solar summer interns.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) leverages much of its sustainability contracting to incentivize employment of public housing residents, and hosts a non-profit devoted to green workforce training for NYCHA youth.

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability launched an internship program with the City University of New York to train students and place them in building energy management roles in both public and private sector organizations.

City-supported community solar projects all have requirements around workforce development, bill discounts to low-income customers, and/or serving specific environmental justice communities. For NYC Housing Authority, RFP respondents are required to provide discounts to low-income customers for 100% of the energy production, and to include workforce development strategies for low-income residents of public housing. For NYC Economic Development Corporation, their community solar project also has workforce development goals of training Sunset Park residents in solar installation, and to primarily serve customers within the Sunset Park neighborhood.

 

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Oakland is a member and cofounder of BayREN, a multicity organization dedicated to home energy upgrades. BayREN also offers training and education workshops for building professional to encourage a better understand of the state’s energy code.

The City has workforce development efforts underway to create green jobs associated with the energy efficiency and renewable energy markets. These include 15 years of participation with the California Youth Energy Services program from the Rising Sun Center for Opportunity.  

One of the goals of the EcoBlock pilot is to drive investment into local green jobs.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The City of Orlando has partnered with outside organizations to develop its local energy workforce. The city participated in a taskforce with Valencia College to develop an Associate’s Degree dedicated to energy management, automation, and controls technology.

The city has also partnered with the United States Green Building Council to host ENERGY STAR 101 and 102 workshops and webinars. These training sessions are free of charge and provided to building management professionals through a classroom-style learning experience.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

 As part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority’s Energy Campaign, the Authority launched the Find Your Power solar job training initiative for high school students. The city also provides funds to the Energy Coordinating Agency to run energy efficiency workforce development programs. 

Last Updated: August 2021

The city’s Green Phoenix program trains residents in sustainability fields such as energy management and renewable energy. The program has many partners, including utilities, local colleges and universities, and renewable energy developers.

Last Update: June 2021

The City and Urban Redevelopment Authroity partner with and supply funding for the Energy Innovation Center (EIC), which provides clean energy trainings. 

Last Update: August 2021

The City of Portland has significant body of public policies directing inclusive procurement and contracting processes. The City has Diverse Business Enterprise goals for all public contracts. The City supports a number of programs to support small and minority business better work with public agencies. In addition, they have procurement policies that incentivize work with firms that are certified as Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises. The Portland City Council has adopted a Model Community Benefits Agreement for its agencies.

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) provides minigrants to orgnaizations for a variety of climate-related actions including workforce development. PCEF specifically addresses priority populations including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people who are chronically underemployed. 

Last Updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

The city’s Office of Sustainability ran an external green jobs training program for constructions workers affected by the Great Recession. Participants received training and education in energy auditing, solar thermal and photovoltaics, sustainable landscaping, green plumbing, and more. These programs were turned over to Wake Technical Community College and NC State in 2013.

Last Update: June 2021

The city does not have programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce. Reno does offer an educational program in which the city host a monthly workshop series about green building and energy-efficiency in commercial buildings.

Last Update: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

 
 

City of Riverside has partnered with Grid Alternatives, a local non-profit provider, to design and administer solar programs serving their low-income families, meet their goals for reducing energy use, diversify their energy portfolios, thus lower housing costs in their affordable homeownership programs. The partnership also includes collaboration to develop a strong local workforce in solar.

Last Update: July 2021

The city has provided job trainings through its Rochester Environmental Job Training Program (REJob). The Program helps disadvantaged citizens get jobs in the environmental construction field. Rochester has conducted two REJob rounds and is preparing to launch its third round.

Last Update: July 2021

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has a community solar program. Through partnerships with schools and non-profit organizations, the utility promotes realistic hands-on energy training through the program. Moroever, the city invested $10 million of CARES stimulus funding into workforce, with over $1 million going to weatherization, efficiency, and clean mobility workforce training.

Last Update: June 2021

The Mayor’s Office has a directive for all city departments to have 20% of all purchases be made from CERT vendors. The CERT Vendor Program includes certification of Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE). The city complying with the CERT requirements as it uses the $5 million Green Energy Revolving Loan Fund to replace all fluorescent and incandescent lamps with LEDs in all city-owned facilities over the next two years.

Last Update: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: June 2021

San Antonio funds the Build San Antonio Green organization which trains developers and certifies new homes and apartments based on stricter energy codes. 

Last Update: June 2021

The city has partnered with GRID Alternatives to develop the Solar Installer Apprentice Program. 

Last Update: June 2021

The GoSolarSF incentive program has for many years offered a greater incentive payment to companies that hire installers that have received training with support of the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD).

In addition, the CityBuild Academy is a pre-apprenticeship training program delivered in partnership with City College of San Francisco, which includes curriculum in EV charger installation and HVAC.

Last Update: June 2021

The California Workforce Development Board High Road Construction Career initiative has established twelve effective pre-apprenticeship training partnerships under the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39). These partnerships link local Building and Construction Trades Councils (BTCs) to workforce boards, schools, and community-based organizations (CBOs), creating structured pathways—with a standard Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) and critical supportive services—to state-approved apprenticeships in a variety of crafts. The HRCC: SB 1 program will expand HRCC into a comprehensive statewide industry sector strategy through the expansion, development and support of a single HRCC pre apprenticeship partnership in each region of California.

A work2future program, San José Works, which has been providing services since 2015 aimed at San José residents ages 16-29, offers participants opportunities for job placements with renewable energy companies, among other employers . Though the COVID pandemic has made the job placement process more difficult, this program continues to support young people, including those of low-income, women, people of color, and other marginalized residents, to join the workforce.

The City also actively promotes Rising Sun Energy Center’s Green House Calls, which provides households with no-cost energy and water assessments and installations The Green House Calls are conducted by trained students aged 15-24 from disadvantaged communities, and thereby provide youth with exposure and access to clean energy jobs.

Last Update: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Seattle's Building Tune-Up policy helps grow the energy efficiency workforce. 

Last Update: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

The City launched a Solar Workforce Development Pilot in 2020. In the first year, 10 individuals participated in the training modules. Straight Up Solar offered three participants paid internships and one program graduate a permanent job. The program adminstrators are planning the 2021 pilot and permanent program. 

Last Update: August 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last update: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: July 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last Update: July 2021

Washington DC’s Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) administers a workforce development program where the city places DC residents in six-month paid externships with local organizations. DC SEU also provides externs with job certifications and job placement assistance. Between June and September 2020, the DCSEU provided a total of 19 training opportunities for the staff of local Certified Business Enterprises (CBE) and non-CBE businesses, all at no cost to the registrants. A total of 111 people representing 72 different businesses registered for at least one training. The 2021 training sessions are expected to begin soon.

Solar Works DC is a program that provides low-income residents with solar installation job training. Solar Works DC program is a workforce development program integral to the District's renewable energy goals and policies. The program is funded by the Department of Energy & Environment, and implemented by a grantee, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and is the flagship program of the DC Infrastructure Academy, a partnership between DC Government and utility and private sector partners. Solar Works DC complements the District's goals to increase clean energy and create a long-term pipeline for green jobs, codified in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which increased the District's RPS and established the Solar For All program whose goal is to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low-income residents by 2032. By training District residents and installing solar systems on low-income homes, the program is a critical component of increasing access to clean energy, reducing utility costs, and growing a local green economy. Over the last 4 years, Solar Works DC has trained 13 cohorts, graduated close to 300 District residents and placed over 120 graduates in solar and related jobs. The program has installed solar systems on over 200 income-eligible homes at no cost.

The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 directs at least 30% of increased assessments on fuels to a) benefit low-income residents (including energy efficiency, weatherization), b) to establish workforce development initiatives for District residents in energy efficiency fields, and c) to create the Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Capacity Building and Pipeline Program to increase the participation and capacity of local certified business enterprises in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

Last update: August 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: June 2021

Worcester provided funding for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council's Green Jobs Academy. The academy provided free or low-cost building science training to youth and low-income individuals. 

Last Updated: June 2021