Investing in Human Capital
Many constituencies directly contribute to and benefit from whole-building energy solutions. Whether they design, own, build, maintain or occupy, it is important that each of these groups becomes better informed about integrated retrofitting, and that each understands its role in influencing energy use in commercial buildings. Energy efficiency is maximized when everyone is educated to do their part, and when workers at every level are trained in the new skills required of them. EEB Hub has people and programs in place to help.
A wide range of educational activities must be undertaken to support increased AER development and execution. The focus of EEB Hub efforts is on associate degree level technical training in energy efficient building technologies and systems, with a special initial emphasis on training for building operators and building energy auditors. The EEB Hub is creating education and outreach programs to establish pathways from secondary schools to post-secondary programs, and will help to improve professional AER training at the baccalaureate degree level and beyond. The development of a Building Energy Education Center that integrates demonstration, education, and training in AER projects is a key EEB Hub objective. In pursuing these activities the Hub is working with educational institutions and workforce development organizations including those of organized labor throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
Whether you need training for your company, your colleagues, or yourself, now is the time to prepare for the opportunities that the EEB Hub is creating in the energy efficient building industry.
Get engaged with the EEB Hub and learn about
- An overview of Advanced Energy Retrofit technology
- Proven energy saving strategies
- Workforce development resources, videos and presentations
- Training and education programs, centers and labs
- Energy efficiency training orientation events and opportunities
Education and Workforce Platform Timeline
February 13, 2013: Education and Workforce held its third Platform meeting to address the Hub’s alignment efforts with DOE national strategies for energy efficiency credentialing. The event focused on DOE efforts under consideration to standardize workforce certifications across the AER market and the competency-based career roadmap under development by the EEB Hub. The career map employs and expands the Department of Labor’s competency model as the foundation for user-friendly, interactive career guidance tools that inform employment opportunities in the AER market for job seekers, career counselors, college instructors and AER stakeholders and business ventures.
EEB Hub Platform Kickoff: Education, Workforce and Training [ Workforce ]
The Education and Workforce Platform includes K-12 and higher education teachers and representatives, the nonprofit advocacy sector, skilled trades, government, jobs associations, and professional trainers. This document summarizes the findings of the members of the Education and Workforce platform during the May 1 and 2 Platform kickoffs.
EEB Hub Platforms Kickoff Summary [ Workforce ]
A summary of the May Platforms Kickoff Event, which helped the EEB Hub gain a better understanding of the customer experience and relevant challenges to participating in the energy retrofit market. The report includes key findings from the event, priority areas of work, and the results of a survey completed by 125 event participants on a number of topics related to EEB Hub projects.
Learn more about the inspiring work of Simon Hauger and The Sustainability Workshop, a project-based learning school for 30 high school seniors located in The Navy Yard. The Workshop is being funded by GPIC, and students will be contributing to the work of GPIC by studying energy efficiency in buildings.