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Calendar of upcoming learning conference calls and webinars in the Green For All Communities of Practice

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Pulling the Pieces Together:
Pittsburgh Approach to Growing a Viable High Road Energy Efficiency Program

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

Pilot projects to initiate and grow city scale energy efficiency projects are moving forward across the U.S. Allegheny County (home to the City of Pittsburgh) capitalized on the resources that ARRA provided by dramatically increasing funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to create a comprehensive program that serves homeowners most in need while spurring economic development within their metro area. On the next ECN call, GTECH Strategies, Action Housing, and the County of Allegheny will share the work of the Coordinated Weatherization Campaign partners and the resulting success in generating strong demand for services, providing career opportunities to Pittsburgh residents, and building out the contractor community to grow their energy efficiency services beyond the WAP program. Presenters will report on their results in these areas and speak to the most recent stage of program development, that of planning for on going financial self-sufficiency to continue serving their community beyond the stimulus funding.

Download Pittsburgh's Coordinated Weatherization Campaign Report.


  • Jeaneen Zappa, Sustainability Manager, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Lindsay Ruprecht, Sustainable Community Development Coordinator, Action Housing
  • Khari Mosely, Director of Green Economy Initiatives, GTECH Strategies

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Archived Calls

Making Finance Accessible: Update on the Power NY On-Bill Legislation

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

On-utility bill repayment is one of the most promising strategies for financing energy efficiency retrofits, driving the market to scale, and creating good green jobs. New York State just passed on-utility bill financing legislation with mandated utility participation, thereby opening up the possibility of home retrofits to millions of middle- and lower-income homeowners. On the next ECN call we'll learn how this bill will be implemented, hear about its impacts, and get the inside scoop on what it took to pass it through the legislature.


  • Dave Palmer, Center for Working Families
  • Emmaia Gelman, Laborers International Union
  • Eric Walker, PUSH Buffalo
  • Clarke Gocker, PUSH Buffalo

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Key Strategies for Sustainability: Partnerships to Maintain Green Jobs Training Program

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

The Recovery Act put an unprecedented amount of funding into training displaced and disenfranchised workers for jobs in energy efficiency and other green sectors. As the funding period for Pathways Out of Poverty and other ARRA programs comes to a close, non-profit organizations that geared up to develop new curriculum and train a workforce for jobs in a new economic sector are developing strategies to continue their training programs. The next ECN call will explore how these programs planned for their sustainability from the outset and the strategies they are implementing for their on-going sustainability.


  • Elizabeth Reynoso – Goodwill Goes Green Program Specialist, Goodwill Industries International
  • Marylee Putnam – Program Manager, Green Construction Training, Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc.
  • Jodi Pincus – Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy Center

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Community Labor United: Update on a Community-Based High Road Pilot Program

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

This call features the results of Community Labor United's pilot programs. As convener of the Green Justice Coalition, Community Labor United (CLU) is running a campaign to change how utilities conduct residential energy efficiency. They have been working to establish retrofit pilots in several diverse neighborhoods of greater Boston, combining utility funding, partnerships with unions, and community group-based outreach strategies. This unique combination has allowed CLU to reach lower-income residents, and to work in communities that traditionally do not participate in retrofit programs -- while employing residents of those communities to do the work. Their approach has tremendous potential and we're looking forward to hearing about lessons learned.


  • Karen Courtney, Director, Foundation for Fair Contracting
  • David Minasian, CLU Researcher
  • Jeremy Shenk, CLU Deputy Director
  • Mark Liu, Green Justice Organizer, Chinese Progressive Association

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Workforce, Education, and Training Needs for Energy Efficiency Workers

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

This National Learning Call profiled the results of the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response, from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley. This comprehensive report provides recommendations on the strategies necessary to ensure that California has the requisite workforce to meet its energy efficiency goals moving forward.


  • Carol Zabin, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy
  • Jessica Halpern-Finnerty, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy
  • Ellen Avis, Donald Vial Center on Employment and the Green Economy

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Increasing Union Density in Residential Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

Unions have traditionally offered living wage jobs and career pathways to their members, but union density within the residential energy efficiency upgrade sector has remained low. This National Learning Call invites representatives from unions, contractors, and policy experts to discuss approaches that can be taken to increase union density among contractors in the residential energy efficiency retrofit market. LiUNA's new OptiHome Alliance is presented, and we examine pioneering efforts around the country that have succeeded in this realm.


  • Kevin Reilly, LiUNA! Campaign Director
  • Steve Schwartz, LiUNA! Field Coordinator
  • Emmaia Gelman, Center for Working Families

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Bringing Energy Efficiency to Low Income Communities

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

Several of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings grantees are targeting low-incme communities specifically to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. This National Learning Call invited program managers from the City of Indianapolis, and Neighborworks of Western Vermont Better Buildings Programs to talk about their efforts in this area. We learned about their overall program strategies, and then focused specifically on the work that they’re doing to reach low-income communities. You can access a recording of the call here.


  • Ludy Biddle, Neighborworks of Western Vermont
  • John Hazlett, City of Indianapolis

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Outreach and Support to a Diverse Contractor Base

Tuesday, March 29th 

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

The green economy holds the potential to include historically under-represented groups in the jobs and opportunity it generates. Communities around the country are realizing that potential in a very real way by designing programs that ensure Historically Under-represented Businesses have access to the contracts and jobs that the programs create. On this Green For All National Learning Call representatives from several such programs shared their efforts to ensure that the green economy delivers on its promise to benefit all. Tune in to learn how cities can increase opportunity for contractors from communities of color, women owned businesses, and other HUBs through policies, outreach, and targeted support.

On this call, we heard from:

  • Andrew Rachlin – Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia
  • Tony Jones – Executive Director, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Program
  • Carletta Waddler – President and CEO, Sustainable Training Services


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Inclusive Finance Mechanisms for Residential Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, December 7th 

12 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Eastern

Finance tools are essential to achieving widespread adoption of efficiency upgrades to residential housing stock. Currently however, financing products for residential energy efficiency are expensive and unavailable to many homeowners. The callers on this Learning Call heard from experts in the field about what programs are working and how these might be replicated on a larger scale.

On this call, we heard from:

  • Mark Wolfe – Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium
  • Adam Zimmerman – Senior Vice President, Enterprise Cascadia
  • Mark Zimring – Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs


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High Road Agreements

High Road Agreements are strategies to ensure that green projects create good jobs, a strong economy, and equitable opportunity. Numerous cities are working to incorporate high-road language into their agreements with contractors.  Join us on the call to see how these agreements are being structured, and how they might be incorporated into other green projects happening around the nation.

On this call, we’ll hear from:

  • Julian Gross - Director, Community Benefits Law Center
  • Pam Fendt- LIUNA Great Lakes Region Organizing Committee
  • Christie, Baumel – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Manager, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
  • Moderator: Jeremy Hays - Director of Special Projects, Green For All


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Home Performance Social Enterprises

Tuesday, September 28

In order to increase long-term stability and continuous service delivery, non-profit organizations are increasingly looking to incorporate business practices within their mission driven work. Social enterprises within the home performance industry are proving that organizations can achieve high quality training, job creation, and widespread access to efficiency retrofits for their target populations while generating income to support their ongoing operations.

Learn about innovative social enterprise models in the home performance industry from around the country. In particular, hear how these enterprises work to integrate social, economic, and environmental benefits into their efficiency retrofit business plans.

On this call, we’ll hear directly from successful practitioners, including:

  • John Mello, EnergyReady / Civic Works, Baltimore, MD
  • Alan Hipolito, VerdeEnergy, Portland, OR
  • Khaia McGill, Rising Sun Energy Services, Berkeley, CA

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Green and Healthy Homes: Adopting An Integrated Approach

Tuesday, July 20

Energy-efficiency retrofits impact more than how much energy a home uses. They also impact how healthy a home is for the people who live there. Obviously, retrofit programs should have a "do no harm" approach, ensuring that they do not create a toxic trap of indoor air pollutants when sealing a building for energy efficiency. But that is just a minimum benchmark; energy-efficiency retrofit programs can go much further. While working on a home to make it more efficient, they can simultaneously address health hazards such as lead, asbestos, and asthma triggers such as mold and indoor allergens.

On this Green For All and Efficiency Cities Network joint learning call we heard from programs that are integrating their energy-efficiency efforts with "healthy homes" strategies and funding.

  • Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Baltimore

  • Alice Kennedy, Project Manager, Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, Baltimore

  • Dan Curry, Manager of Community Sustainability, City of Greensboro

Listen to this discussion of how an integrated approach can deliver all the benefits of energy retrofitting (energy savings, good jobs, pollution reduction, and increased comfort) while creating healthier communities, reaching more consumers, and creating a new network of program partners that can carry the green and healthy homes message.

Click here to access resources from the call

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Increasing Demand for Home Retrofits: Community-Based Outreach and Mobilization

Wednesday, May 19

As more rebate and financing programs become available, energy retrofitting of homes and businesses is increasingly accessible to American consumers.  But financial incentives and glossy advertising aren't enough to generate the kind of large-scale demand for efficiency we need to grow a strong and inclusive green economy.

Learn about how community-based outreach and mobilization efforts are increasing demand for energy retrofits, and why such community involvement is key to achieving triple bottom line solutions: solutions that are good for people, the environment and the economy.

On the call, we'll hear from:


Click here to access audio & resources from this call.

Collaboration for Green Jobs Creation in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Community of Practice learning call on how to build relationships with employers in order to connect job training graduates to jobs.

Learn about how an innovative partnership in Seattle among community groups, labor, and workforce trainers is creating the demand for good, green jobs, and ensuring pathways to those jobs. On the call we heard from SustainableWorks and its partners in Seattle about:

  • The "whole-neighborhood" approach to marketing energy retrofits through community organizing, and how it achieves economies of scale;
  • How direct-entry slots were negotiated for disadvantaged populations to enter apprenticeships with participating unions;
  • The role of pre-apprenticeship programs in the preparation of workers;
  • The role of organized labor in creating joint training and retraining programs, a skilled workforce, and family-wage jobs.

The SustainableWorks model demonstrates how diverse actors can work together to grow the local green economy, create good jobs, and create pathways to those jobs through energy retrofit programs.

Click here to access audio and resources from this call.

Portland’s Innovative Home Energy Retrofit Program

Thursday, October 22

Green For All teamed up with the City of Portland to help implement a cutting-edge green jobs program. Clean Energy Works Portland aims to retrofit 100,000 homes in the coming years.  In the process it will create new green-collar jobs and broad opportunities for low-income residents of the city.

The program creates a revolving loan fund that will enable Portland homeowners to take out long-term, low-interest loans and repay them through small additions to their utility bills.  The home energy retrofits will save energy and lower bills, while creating good construction jobs. 

Speakers on the call included:
•    Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland, Oregon
•    Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green For All
•    Margie Harris, Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon

Learn more about this project and what it means for green jobs creation in other cities.

Click here to access the audio and resources from this call.

Connections with Employers

Wednesday, October 14

A Community of Practice learning call on how to build relationships with employers in order to connect job training graduates to jobs.

On October 14, Green For All hosted a call on how to develop relationships with employers and unions in order to connect participants of green job training programs with jobs after graduation.  On the call we heard from two training providers from our Community of Practice:

  • Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen - Connie discussed how relationships with employers and unions have provided placement opportunities for the women this program serves.
  • Patrick Brown, Program Coordinator and Instructor at OAI, Inc. / Greencorps Chicago - Patrick talked about how relationships with employers, combined with progressive city policy, has resulted in phenomenal placement rates for Greencorps Chicago, a program that largely serves individuals with criminal records and multiple barriers to employment.

Click here to access audio and resources from this call.

Applying for Pathways Out of Poverty Grants

Wednesday, August 19th

On August 19, Green For All hosted a how-to call on applying for Pathways Out of Poverty Grants. $150 million is available through these green job training grants, authorized by the Recovery Act and administered by the Department of Labor.

This call focused on how public or non-profit organizations can best craft successful grant applications. Green For All staff and other experts will discuss:

    •    Eligibility
    •    Identifying the right partnerships
    •    Review of the points values associated with each section of the application
    •    Making an application stand out
    •    How to minimize overlap of applications serving a given area
    •    Nuts & bolts of how to submit an application

 Click here to access audio and resources from this call.

Community-led efforts to establish energy retrofit programs 

Thursday, July 16

Community organizations around the country are challenging their elected officials to establish programs that make energy efficiency retrofits accessible to all, and to make sure that the jobs created from those programs are good jobs with access points for people facing barriers to employment. On this call we featured three such community-led efforts:

  • Mijin Cha, Urban Agenda, convener of the NYC Apollo Alliance     
  • Andrew Butcher, GTECH Strategies, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Louise Auerhahn, Working Partnerships USA, San Jose, CA

 Click here to access audio and resources from this call

Green Curriculum and Certification - A Green For All Community of Practice Learning Call

Wednesday, July 8th

Job training sites around the country are introducing or expanding programs to train workers for jobs in green construction, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and weatherization. Some develop their curriculum from scratch, while others purchase and modify existing curricula to meet their needs. The July 8th conference call featured:

  • Carlos Martin, Consultant, Home Builders Institute
  • Matt Anderson, Manager of Certifications, Building Performance Institute
  • Jodi Pincus, Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy

Click here to access audio and resources from this call.

Green Pathways Out of Poverty through Partnerships and Recovery 

Thursday, June 4th

All across the country, exciting partnerships are forming. Unlikely allies are coming together to create model green job training programs that successfully build pathways out of poverty. And the Recovery Act includes green job training grants to fund these programs, for which the Department of Labor will begin soliciting proposals in June.

On this call presenters:

* discussed the Department of Labor's green jobs training grants;

* emphasized the importance of partnerships between community, labor, industry, higher education and workforce systems in order for programs to become successful and to qualify for the DOL green jobs training grants; and

 * gave examples of successful partnerships among unlikely allies.

Click here to access audio & resources from this call.

Retrofitting America’s Cities – A Green For All Community of Practice Call

Tuesday, May 19

Home energy retrofits are a quick and effective way to lower energy bills, create jobs, and lower carbon pollution in America's cities. Well designed programs have little or no upfront cost to homeowners, pay for themselves through cost savings, and create good, green jobs for community-members who face barriers to employment.

Our Retrofitting America's Cities Conference Call
    * Introduced the elements of a city scale retrofit program
    * Discussed how Recovery Act funds can be leveraged to fund these programs
    * Highlighted model programs from 2 cities

Click here to access audio and resources from this call.

Efficiency Cities Network – conference call series

COWS, in collaboration with Green For All, is pulling together an informal policy learning network of government staff, researchers and technical assistance providers, and NGOs currently active in or committed to making scaled efforts at high-road energy retrofits of urban building stock. This conference call series features presentations on marketing, financing, marketing, coordination, among other aspects of establishing a city-scale retrofit program.

Click here for more information about past and future ECN calls.

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