Cities are laying the foundation for a robust and equitable energy efficiency workforce


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Cities are laying the foundation for a robust and equitable energy efficiency workforce
 

By Mary Shoemaker, State Policy Analyst

As US cities push forward to meet their clean energy goals, they will need a strong, capable energy efficiency workforce to make critical energy-saving upgrades and investments. Our new report, Through the Local Government Lens: Developing the Energy Efficiency Workforceshows how cities can take an active role in growing the workforce and extend its benefits to underserved communities.

The Energy Efficiency Workforce

Local governments across the United States are increasingly prioritizing energy efficiency, and there are a lot of efficiency jobs out there – 2.25 million. These jobs span diverse industries, from construction to professional and business services. And they are projected to keep multiplying, with a 9% increase predicted for 2018.

Source: ACEEE Jobs; underlying data from US Energy and Employment Report

With the right policies and practices, local governments can develop and grow this robust workforce. From our research and more than 25 interviews, we identified a few key strategies cities can take.

Collaboration is critical

Local governments can partner with stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. For example, they can work with community colleges to identify skill gaps, state government to promote trainings and incentives, and utilities to promote existing trainings or identify new ones…

To read the report, visit: http://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/research-report-u1805/2r25ry/157311224 

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