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}  A multi-class, multi-racial movement for a
sustainable and just energy future
}  A consumer-owned member cooperative
}  A regional network of local communities
working to address energy priorities within
each respective geographic area
Franklin Cty
Hampshire Cty
Hampden Cty Worcester
Boston
Metro East
}  Equitable and Just
◦ Economic Justice
◦ Environmental Justice
◦ Social Justice
}  Sustainable
◦ Economic Sustainability
◦ Environmental Sustainability
◦ Social Sustainability
1.  Create community-owned green jobs and
green businesses, especially in limited
resource communities and communities
of color
2.  Reduce our energy use by 80%
3.  Build community-owned renewable
energy, district heating and co-gen
resources that are available to everyone
in a community
Leveraged support from 472 member-owners in
6 Local Organizing Councils to:
}  Support the start-up of 10 clean energy
businesses
}  Launch 3 Co-op Power Weatherization crews,
2 in Hatfield, one in Hyde Park
}  Develop infrastructure for Northeast Biodiesel
in Greenfield, scheduled to launch in fall 2014
}  Develop Community Shared Solar Program for
fall 2014 launch
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lauraportergcc2014

  • 2. }  A multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future }  A consumer-owned member cooperative
  • 3. }  A regional network of local communities working to address energy priorities within each respective geographic area Franklin Cty Hampshire Cty Hampden Cty Worcester Boston Metro East
  • 4. }  Equitable and Just ◦ Economic Justice ◦ Environmental Justice ◦ Social Justice }  Sustainable ◦ Economic Sustainability ◦ Environmental Sustainability ◦ Social Sustainability
  • 5. 1.  Create community-owned green jobs and green businesses, especially in limited resource communities and communities of color 2.  Reduce our energy use by 80% 3.  Build community-owned renewable energy, district heating and co-gen resources that are available to everyone in a community
  • 6. Leveraged support from 472 member-owners in 6 Local Organizing Councils to: }  Support the start-up of 10 clean energy businesses }  Launch 3 Co-op Power Weatherization crews, 2 in Hatfield, one in Hyde Park }  Develop infrastructure for Northeast Biodiesel in Greenfield, scheduled to launch in fall 2014 }  Develop Community Shared Solar Program for fall 2014 launch
  • 7. }  Supported the purchase and installation of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s 32 KWH Solar array }  Facilitated 85 Solar Hot Water system installations
  • 8. }  Facilitated 10 Sustainability Summits, quarterly leadership retreats, and other capacity building events
  • 9. Green Jobs Program participants share about their experiences at the 2014 Sustainability Summit
  • 10. Began in 2009 with Roots Up Training Program in Holyoke Ø Collaboration with Nuestras Raices, a community-based organization serving Holyoke’s Puerto Rican community Ø Two 6 month training cohorts over 2 years §  GED training §  Life skills management & professionalism §  Hands-on technical skills in Weatherization & Solar Hot Water
  • 11. Ø  ALL 28 participants graduated from the training program in 2 years Ø 7 graduates hired by Co-op Power and Energia, a Holyoke energy efficiency start- up launched by Co-op Power and Nuestras Raices Ø Total employment placement rate of 63%
  • 12. }  Continued focus on target populations of low-income young people and out-of-work adults, with particular interest in addressing the needs of people of color in these groups }  Shorter trainings, more geared to the development of specific job skills }  Non-cohort based model }  Industry-driven }  Job-centered }  Currently, Co-op Power serves as a liason between qualified jobseekers and employers, providing referrals and trainings as needed
  • 14. }  In-person career planning session }  Resume review & editing support }  Professional interview practice }  Intro to Green Jobs & Energy Efficiency overview workshop }  Referrals to employers with job openings }  Troubleshooting issues with transportation, childcare, job search process
  • 16. }  Community-based organizations and educational institutions refer potential GJP candidates }  (Career Centers, Adult Education Programs, Community Colleges, other Job Training programs) }  Participating employers inform Co-op Power about job openings, request referrals, and inform training schedule according to fluctuating needs }  Co-op Power provides trainings directly with support of expert consultants or facilitates registration through other training institutions
  • 17. 10/8/14   17   RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY Wx work improves the efficiency of the largest energy user. Insulation and air sealing are two important steps in this process. Source: Dept. of Energy
  • 18. }  Communication }  Safe work practices ◦  PPE, first aid, OSHA compliance ◦  Hand and power tool use ◦  Lead-safe, etc hazard conditions identification }  Air sealing ◦  Material selection and application, access and/or repair of installation sites ◦  Use of blower door to quantify, qualify air leakage }  Insulation ◦  Material properties and installation techniques –  Attics, walls, enclosed spaces ◦  Hazards associated with installation (ie knob and tube wiring, structural damage)
  • 19. Weatherization Career Pathway MassCAP 2010 adapted from Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2009 Weatherization Installer Weatherization Crew Chief Weatherization Auditor Weatherization Contractor Competencies/Skills Competencies/Skills Competencies/Skills Competencies/Skills • Read & write legibly • Basic verbal skills • Basic construction knowledge • Basic computer skills • HS diploma/GED preferred Training/experience in: • Air sealing • Duct sealing • Insulation • Basic-load measures (Training is often done on the job) All Installer skills plus training or experience in: • Project management (specific to crew of installers) • Training (including adult learning concepts) • Diagnostic Testing • Combustion Appliance Safety • Code Requirements • Inspection & Measurements All Crew Chief Skills (other than project management) plus training or experience in: • Measure Selection • Work Space Development • May be required to have Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certification All Auditor skills plus training or experience in: Business Management (maintain required licenses, insurance, employment practices, bidding, negotiations, etc.)
  • 20. }  Good Green Jobs Program trained more than 170 individuals over 5 years in diverse range of offerings including: ü Intro to Energy Efficiency & Green Jobs ü Intro to Weatherization ü Weatherization Installer ü Crew Chief Training ü BPI Building Analyst Prep ü OSHA10 ü Lead-Safe Renovation ü Conservation Code Overview ü High-Performance, Energy Efficient Green Heating Systems ü Solar Hot Water Installation ü Advanced Air Sealing
  • 22. }  Of the 99 POP participants, 78 (79%) completed On-The-Job (OJT) training with an employer }  Of the 99 POP participants, 59 of them (60%) completed at least 2 quarters of unsubsidized employment following OJT }  42% of GJP participants continue to work in Green Jobs obtained during Co-op Power Green Jobs Program }  27% of participants placed in OJTs received raises and/or promotions during this period
  • 23. }  MassSAVE program offers free energy assessments, zero-interest loans, and incentives to homeowners to do energy efficiency upgrades }  There are more than 100 small contractors working in the MassSAVE program }  Constant demand and frequent employee turnover necessitate ongoing energy efficiency training }  Incumbent workers need additional training and certification to take on higher levels of responsibility
  • 25. }  ARRA Pathways Out of Poverty 2009-2010 (Roots Up training Program) }  Montague Community Block Grant }  Community Fund of Western MA }  Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Pathways Out of Poverty 2011-2012 }  MassCEC Pathways Out of Poverty 2013-2014
  • 26. Presented by Laura Porter Good Green Jobs Coordinator laura@cooppower.coop 413-349-4973