Leveraging Diversity to Meet the Climate Challenge

We cannot achieve the Green Building targets for reducing carbon emissions with the current workforce. We need to rapidly increase the number of individuals in green building fields - designers, green building professionals, engineers, general contractors, envelope consultants, as well as qualified electricians, plumbers, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) tradespeople who can install heat pumps and solar systems. More diverse employees and more minority, women, and disadvantaged owned companies to hire, collaborate with, and refer will place businesses in the best position to meet the increasing demand. Learn from several programs including MassCEC’s internship program and workforce initiatives like Emerald Cities Collaborative’s Contractor Training Academy and Roxbury Center for Smart Building Technology. This is an interactive panel discussion. Come with your ideas.

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Friday, May 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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AIA 1.5 LU
BPI 1.5 hours
Mass. CSL 1.5 hours Business Practice
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe programs that may be helpful in diversifying your company or giving students of color experience in your field
  • Identify directories, informational resources, communities, and training programs where you may locate diverse partners and subcontractors
  • Plan for how to locate students of color in your field
  • Develop strategies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace

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