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Connections & Collaborations

Green Workforce Connect aims to hire a new generation of Home Energy Professionals for a rapidly expanding energy industry sector through awareness raising activities and connection of students, job seekers, and contractors to local weatherization training providers and employers.

Green Workforce Connect is an initiative led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a national nonprofit which builds the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. IREC developed this project in collaboration with leading national, state, and local partners, Weatherization Assistance Program stakeholders, community-based organizations, and a project Advisory Group. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) State and Community Energy Program’s (SCEP) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Our work has a strong focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility that is guided and informed by an Advisory Group to ensure the future weatherization workforce includes more women, youth, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), along with other underrepresented populations and members of disadvantaged communities.

Our Partners

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

IREC builds the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. Our vision is a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient, and equitable.

National Association For State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

NASCSP is the sole national association charged with advocating and enhancing the leadership role of States in the administration of the Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)

BPI is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work helping agencies and program sponsors build, deploy, and expand successful energy efficiency retrofit and weatherization assistance programs.

National Community Action Partnership (NCAP)

NCAP provides technical assistance, training, and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.

State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR)

The Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) develops housing policy and offers a broad range of program assistance and funds to address homelessness and support affordable housing, public infrastructure, and economic development opportunities.

Slipstream

Through education and training, research, clean energy financing, and programs, Slipstream tests, delivers, and helps scale climate solutions for everyone as quickly and equitably as possible through partnerships with communities.

Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies (OKACAA)​

OKACAA provides training and conferences for community action staff across the state, advocates for policies that benefit CAAs, staff, and clients at the state and federal level, and provides opportunities for CAA’s to meet and share best practices.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce​

ODOC’s job is to bring jobs and economic prosperity to Oklahoma. Through dynamic partnerships and innovative collaborations, we are building an environment that supports business growth and shared community prosperity with programs like weatherization.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence and East Bay

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence and East Bay is a nonprofit focused on building affordable homes for families. In addition to new home construction and repairs, the chapter has a Contractor Incubator Initiative. This program trains aspiring contractors in both technical skills and business management.

Clean Energy Center at Pennsylvania College​

The Clean Energy Center has served as Pennsylvania’s primary resource for clean energy workforce training and technical assistance since 1985, offering hands-on residential and commercial energy efficiency, and solar trainings aligned with nationally recognized certifications.

Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance works to grow the over 75,000 service year opportunities (i.e. AmeriCorps, YouthBuild, Peace Corps, etc.) and equip the young people who serve with the skills needed to transition into green careers.

Spartina Consulting

Spartina Consulting specializes in high-engagement, strength-based, inquiry-driven approaches to strategy, culture building, leadership development, and innovation to assist clients in growing and overcoming challenges through future-focused and solution-oriented approaches, like Appreciative Inquiry.

Our Advisory Group

Mia M. Naseth-Phillips, Ed.D., PMP

Director, Programs for Innovation & Equity at Minnesota Department of Commerce

Mia oversees the Minnesota Department of Commerce Programs for Innovation & Equity, acquiring federal, state, and private funding for energy programs. She also provides statewide leadership in the areas of Inflation Reduction Act residential rebates programs.

Alfonso Nieves

Regional Advisor at Fox Blocks/TrueGrid

Alfonso is an industry expert in sustainable building products. He is also a community leader, committed to improving our lives through sustainable energy efficient construction.

Cornelious Richardson

Weatherization Director at Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc.

Cornelious is the Weatherization Assistance Program Coordinator and a Risk Management and Safety Committee Administrator for Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia. Cornelious currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Beck Moore

Chief Executive Officer at Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP)

As CEO at Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, Beck is devoted to examining intersectionality of the social determinants of health and identity to the correlation of poverty in Pennsylvania. He also speaks regularly about diversity, equity, inclusion, and workplace culture.

Maria Lewis

State Outreach Coordinator at Building Performance Association 

In her role at the Building Performance Association (BPA), Maria collaborates with local stakeholders to create strong, resilient, and diverse workforces. Maria’s passion is providing people with the tools they need to make a better tomorrow for themselves and the next generation.

James Metoyer

Executive Director at EnerCity Collaborative (ECC)

As Executive Director of the Oregon-based nonprofit EnerCity Collaborative (ECC), James works with youth and adult construction training programs, CBOs, and other nonprofits to help professionals find careers in weatherization, residential energy auditing, deep-energy retrofitting, and net-zero building.

Derrick Meeking

Director of Workforce Development at Walker-Miller Energy Services

Derrick’s experience spans over 13 years and is rooted in a desire to improve the quality of life for historically disenfranchised people and marginalized communities through education, research, grassroots activism, and the promotion of innovative community economic development solutions.

Brian L. Harris

Housing Specialist at Community Action Program Committee Inc (CAPC)

Brian brings years of experience in construction, welding, building maintenance, irrigation repairs, and plumbing to the Weatherization Assistance Program where he focuses on making clients’ homes more energy efficient.

Richard Burbank

President and Founder at Evergreen Home Performance LLC

Richard is the founder of Evergreen Home Performance and serves as President, CEO, and Energy Advisor. He also serves on the Board of Efficiency First, a national home performance contractor trade group, and actively advocates for federal and state energy efficiency policy. 

Daniel Alvalle

Pennsylvania State Director at CASA/CASA in Action

As a social worker and activist, Daniel leads CASA and its affiliated organization, CASA in Action, which together constitute the mid-Atlantic’s largest Latino and immigrant organization. He also leads social and economic advocacy on behalf of CASA’s 149,000 members.

Polly Edwards

Grants & Compliance Administrator and Emergency Manager at Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Polly oversees the environmental staff and all grants awarded to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. She has worked with federal, state, and local agencies, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), and utility companies during disasters in debris management, wildfires, and site cleanups.

Keith Huggins

Director of Oklahoma Weatherization Training Center at Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies

Keith provides leadership and training in weatherization and building science principles for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Stephanie Green

Senior Manager, Workforce and Business Resources at Philadelphia Energy Authority

Stephanie provides leadership and supervision to industry sector partnerships to develop necessary and responsive workforce solutions that provide opportunities for businesses and the industry. She also assists with the development of work-based learning training programs.

Get In Touch

We’d love to hear from you. We welcome questions and feedback about the Green Workforce Connect initiative from students, job seekers, current workers, contractors, Weatherization Assistance Program stakeholders, workforce development professionals, community based organizations, and other interested individuals or organizations.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Weatherization Program Award Number DE-EE0010268. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.

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