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S1 Workforce Lab Offers New Certificate

boiler_1.1Of all the energy used by New York City, buildings make up about 75% of that amount. And if you’re talking residences in New York City, you’re talking about multifamily buildings. If we are to make buildings more efficient, we need our building operators to step up and make low-energy operation a priority.

That’s why Solar One Workforce Lab is very excited to now offer the BPI Multi Family Building Operator Certification. This certification, for building managers, supers, and other building staff, is only given after the student has demonstrated their knowledge of building systems  lessons on Building science, Water conservation, HVAC maintenance, Energy Efficiency, Safety, Recycling, Pest Management and how to use the whole building approach to maintain buildings as efficiently as possible.

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Meet Some Solar One Green Workforce Trainees: ReNEW!

Now in its fourth year, Solar One’s Green Workforce Training Program has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of men and women who have completed trainings. We spent a day back in October at the Lab in Long Island City, meeting trainees from STRIVE International and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW) and learning about their experiences in the Solar One program. These are stories from the ReNEW trainees (we’ll add the STRIVE ones next week). Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures, but their words say a lot:

ReNEW is a free 6-week pre-apprenticeship program that highlights green collar jobs and is designed to give women insight into sustainable careers and perspective on current and upcoming opportunities in New York City.

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Workforce Lab Prepares for Fall Classes

P5272076Solar One’s Workforce Lab may have a break from teaching classes, but it is no time to rest. Classes start up again on Tuesday after Labor Day, and for the last three weeks the instructors have been busy upgrading the Lab, writing curriculum, and organizing tools to make this the best quarter of instruction yet.

In July the Workforce Lab moved across the street from their Long Island City location to a space with more natural light and central air conditioning. But the space was raw and the team had to build walls, electrical wiring, smoke alarms, and an inventory room.

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