USGBC NJ Offers Free Green Building Training to Veterans and Unemployed

The US Green Building Council – NJ (USGBC NJ) has been awarded grants by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide fully funded green building training for NJ veterans and the unemployed.  Funding is also available for incumbent (employed) workers.  All courses offered in the USGBC NJ syllabus qualify under this grant.  

Veteran and unemployed grantees will also be given one year’s free membership to USGBC NJ to facilitate networking with the organizations 1,100 members.  The USGBC Study Guides are also provided as part of the grant, as well as reimbursement of the LEED Exam fees for those who pass the exam.

For additional information and application instructions, you can download this flyer or visit (scroll down the page).

Free Green Job Training Available to Residents of Broward County, Florida

Residents of Broward County, Florida who are unemployed may be able to receive free green job training through the South Florida Green Jobs Collaborative.

Classes are now available for entry-level Weatherization Technicians, Solar PV Installers, advanced-level Solar PV Designer, Solar Thermal Designer, Building Analyst, and LEED Green Associate.  You can apply online to see if you qualify at or you can call 954-563-8386 for more details.

Discount Available to Upcoming Green Job Training Courses at CleanEdison

Happy Holidays!  Readers of Green Collar Blog can receive a 10% discount on upcoming courses from green job training provider CleanEdison. Use code "greenecon" when registering to obtain the discount:

CA – Los Angeles
BPI Envelope/Shell (12/6)

CA – Ventura
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

IL – Chicago
* BPI Multifamily Building Analyst (12/6)
* EPA Lead Renovator (12/6)

MA – Boston
BPI Building Analyst (12/6)

NC – Durham
Accredited Geothermal Installer (12/6)

NY – New York City
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

OH – Cleveland
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

UMass Dartmouth Offers Free Online Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development

UMass Dartmouth The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Sustainability Studies is offering a free, non-credit, online professional graduate certificate in Sustainable Development (referred to as "PBCSD" – Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Sustainable Development). PBCSD is a 2-semester program, beginning in Fall 2010 and running through Spring 2012.  This program is currently open for Massachusetts residents who hold an undergraduate degree and meet one of these categories:

  • Unemployed and seeking job training for the clean energy job market
  • Underemployed and seeking to transition to a better position
  • Interested in entrepreneurial opportunities in the clean energy market
  • Employed and are seeking sustainability training to receive a promotion/salary increase*

Complete information about this program is available here.

Washington DC Green Job Breakfast Series to Take Place July 19-22 and July 26-29 (Free Event)

The Washington, DC Green Jobs Breakfast Series is a series of programs presented by Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative and Urban Solar Solutions.  These programs will be led by Ellen McBarnette, Esq. (Founder of Urban Solar Solutions, LLC, member of the Maryland Clean Energy Advisory Board and the Prince George’s County Workforce Investment Board) and feature additional guest speakers.

The schedule of programs is:

July 19 - Introduction to Green Jobs
July 20 - Opportunities in Sustainable Landscaping
July 21 - Opportunities in Energy Efficiency
July 22 - Opportunities in Alternative Energy
July 26 - Opportunities in Green Building Performance
July 27 - Urban Agriculture and the Local “Slow” Food Movement
July 28 - Emerging Fields: Green Transportation, the Smart Grid and other emerging areas
July 29 - Green Workforce Development: Advice for all interested in pursuing green career opportunities.

These programs will take place from 8:00 – 10:00 am (brown bag breakfast encouraged) at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20012.  These events are free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Registration for each day’s session is required.  Contact Petra Caines at pcaines [at] or 202-518-6737 to RSVP.

You can also download a flyer with information on this event here (PDF).

Swords to Plowshares Offers Veterans Free Green Job Training in Pleasant Hill, California

Swords to Plowshares

Swords to Plowshares, a not-for-profit organization that serves military veterans, is currently accepting applications for a number of free green job training classes for veterans that will be held at the Pleasant Hill campus of Diablo Valley College. A list of the classes, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are listed below.

Course: Water Use and Conservation

54 hours, 3 units of credit for 25 students
Curriculum to include AWWA exam and certification
Dates: August 2 through August 27, 2010
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Hours: 9:00AM-1:30PM

Location: Diablo Valley College campus in Pleasant Hill, Engineering Technology Building, Room ET-123

Course: Solar Thermal Systems

108 hours, 4 units of credit with lab for 25 students
Class will include NABCEP prep. Course and Exam
Dates: August 16 through September 17, 2010
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM (1/2 hour lunch break)

Location: Diablo Valley College campus in Pleasant Hill, Engineering Technology Building, Room ET-105

Recommended: Math competency at the level of Intermediate Algebra and familiarity with construction/electricity skills

Course: Solar Photovoltaic and Thermal Installation Techniques

108 hours, 2 units of credit with lab for 25 students
Class will include NABCEP prep. Course and exam
Dates: September 21 through November 23, 2010
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Hours: 9:00AM-3:30PM (1/2 hour lunch break)

Location: Diablo Valley College campus in Pleasant Hill, Engineering Technology Building, Room ET-105

Recommended: Math competency at the level of Intermediate Algebra and familiarity with construction/electricity skills

Qualifying Career fields desired but not required

Civilian experience

  • General/ Electrical Contractors
  • Business professionals and/or consultants
  • Plumbers,
  • HVAC
  • Water Managers
  • Landscapers
  • Construction field
  • Roofers
  • Tilers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians

Military experience

  • Seabees
  • Radioman
  • Civil Engineers
  • Communications
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Aviation Structural Mechanic
  • Combat Engineer
  • Electricians Mate

Eligibility criteria

• Possess a DD-214 (states served after August 1991)
• Possess a current, valid state issued driver's license and personal owned vehicle
• Possess a social security card
• Are physically able to install solar panels
• Can pass a basic Math and Reading assessment test
• Can pass a background check


Application instructions

Please contact with resume (If available):
Anthony Chandler
Veterans Green Career Pathways
415-558-8870 ext: 202
Achandler [at]

Orientation for Oakland Green and Solar Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program to Take Place on May 20

On May 20, the Cypress Mandela Training Center will be holding an orientation session for their free 16-week green and solar pre-apprenticeship construction training program.  Attendees at the orientation will learn more about this program and receive application information.

This orientation session will take place on Thursday, May 20, from 8:30am – noon at 111 Grand Avenue in Oakland, CA.  For additional information call (510) 208-7350 or visit the Cypress Mandela Training Center website.  The following video also provides some background on this program.

Massachusetts Green Career Conference to Take Place in Marlborough on October 2nd

On October 2nd, a Massachusetts Green Career Conference will take place in Marlborough, MA.  This event will take place from 7:15 am – noon at the Marlborough Holiday Inn Ballroom (265 Lakeside Avenue).  The program will feature speakers, workshops, and exhibitors relevant for the following audiences:

  • People seeking jobs, career transitions and training programs
  • Workforce training professionals & providers
  • Business owners & staff developers
  • Career counselors & recruiters

There will be three tracks of workshops, covering the following topics:

  • What is a Green Career?
  • Get the Training You Need
  • Certification Programs
  • Find Your Niche & Market Yourself
  • Build Your Green Network
  • What Companies are Hiring?
  • The Green Job Forecast in MA
  • Workforce Training Funds
  • Green Communities / Local Jobs

Additional program information and registration is at

Denver Green Careers Forum to Take Place on August 22 – 23

Denver Green Careers Forum

Denver Green Careers Forum is an event that will take place on August 22 and 23.  This program, presented by ReDirect Guide, is part of the EarthWorks Expo 2009 and is designed to provide insights into Colorado's green job market and resources for job seekers.  A program agenda is listed below.

The Green Careers Forum will take place in Expo Hall III at the Denver Merchandise Mart (451 E. 58th Avenue at I-25).  Adult ticket prices (at the door) are $9 for two days and $5 for one day (discounts available for youth and seniors).  More information on this program is available at the here.


August 22 and 23, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Greening your Resume, and Your Interview! As interest in green business increases, so does competition in the job market.  Learn how you can rise to the top of the applicant pool by talking the talk of green business, and how to accentuate and build your relevant experience.  Throughout the weekend, sustainability professionals will be on hand to offer critique and insight on resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques.

All presentations run 70-75 minutes, including Q&A. Times shown are actual start times; seating begins 10 minutes before.

August 22

10:40 – 11:50 AM
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
A look at preparing tomorrow’s workforce.  The work to create a more sustainable society will be far from over when our generation passes the torch on to our children. What steps can we take now to teach our children the importance of taking care of the earth and getting them into the right habits from the start?  This presentation will offer ideas to implement in your home, various eco-focused schooling options, as well as potential extracurricular programs that nourish an ongoing understanding of our interconnectedness with our environment.

Featured Speaker: Kendra Sandoval, Founder, Blue and Yellow Logic
Kendra Sandoval has served diverse communities in teaching, social justice, and environmental activism for over fifteen years. She was the Northwest Community Liaison for Mayor Webb and an intern with Greenprint Denver.  Kendra served as Outreach Director with Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and now heads her own social enterprise organization – Blue and Yellow Logic – where she provides consultancy on sustainability and ecological issues.

12:10 – 1:20 PM
Cutting Your Own Trail
Looking for a job that inspires and motivates? Something that will better the planet and still support you financially? Whether you’re looking to start your own company, or join forces with an existing one, this panel of green entrepreneurs examines what it takes to start your own green business, and offers tips to aspiring entrepreneurs in finding your own niche in the evolving market.

Featured Speaker: Stu Galvis, Chief Visionary Officer, Boulder Green Properties
Stu Galvis is a Green Real Estate Consultant with Boulder Green Properties in Boulder, CO and a certified National Instructor for EcoBroker International.  An environmental advocate and Certified Climate Project Presenter as trained by Al Gore, Stu works with Realtors®, schools, businesses and the entertainment industry to educate the public about clean, renewable energy, green building and global climate change.

Featured Speaker: Mike Johnson, Founder Dude, ReDirect Guide
Mike Johnsonis the Founder and Co-Publisher of the ReDirect Guide, a sustainable business promotional network, with current local editions in the Front Range of Colorado, Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT.  A driven entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Mike uses his extensive business experience to develop new products and services, create green jobs, and help sustainability flourish.

3:10 – 4:20 PM
Preparing Yourself to Enter the Green Economy

Familiarizing yourself with green business can have a steep learning curve.  Whether you’re interested in green building, renewable energy, product manufacturing, or natural foods, each industry comes with its own set of standards, associations, and history.   This workshop will be a conversation on ways to gain additional knowledge to better prepare for a green career and gain the competitive edge you may need through volunteer opportunities, continuing education, and job training programs. 

Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Cooperman, University of Colorado Denver
Elizabeth Cooperman is an Associate Professor of Finance & Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver and the MBA Program Director, and Co-Director of the Managing for Sustainability Program.  Her research and teaching areas are in Financial Institutions Management and Corporate Finance, and Entrepreneurship.  She is currently one of the editors and writers  for a joint CORE/UCD book project,  "A Simple Path to Sustainability," that will be published by Praeger Publishers.

4:40 – 5:50 PM
Understanding Government Funding in the Green Economy

News networks are abuzz with the billions of dollars being allocated nationally through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Learn how ARRA funds are being allocated in Colorado, ask questions about stimulus funds, how they will be allocated, and how best to take advantage in our current economic climate.

August 23

10:40 – 11:50 AM
Greening Your Workplace

Any business can be a green business.  A more sustainable workplace can not only lessen your office's ecological footprint, but can also create a healthier and more productive environment and help your financial bottom line. This workshop will share many easy and practical steps you can take to lay the groundwork towards a healthy, low-impact workspace, and provide examples of business and environmental leaders who have taken inspiring steps toward a more environmentally sustainable business model.

Featured Speaker: Graham Russell, Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE)
Born and brought up in England, Graham Russell has spent 32 years in the US, largely in CEO roles in the transportation and environmental services industries. Later, he devoted himself to consulting work in the recycling, environmental services and cleantech sectors. He became Executive Director of CORE in August, 2008. Russell has a BA from Cambridge University and an MBA in Finance from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management.

1:40 – 2:50 PM
Local Networks for Green Job-Seekers

It’s who you know! There are dozens of sustainability-focused organizations, networking events, professional groups, and volunteer opportunities that are actively weaving a support web for sustainability in Colorado.  Learn more from network leaders on how to integrate, meet new people, and connect with potential employers.  This panel will be moderated by Sarah Wells, Communications Maven/Stakeholder, ReDirect Guide.

3:10 – 4:20 PM
Growth Sectors for Colorado’s Green Economy

Colorado has positioned itself for rapid green job growth in many sectors. Hear from city and state government, as well as private sector experts about green collar job growth in Colorado and where you can fit in.

Featured Speaker: Lynn Sargent, City of Denver Office of Economic Development
Lynn Sargent’s public service spans nearly 20 years.  She is currently a Business Development Representative at Denver’s Office of Economic Development, where her work targets the Energy and Information & Communications Technology industries, focusing on business consulting, retention/expansion, human capital, and the Greener Denver program.  Lynn is a graduate of National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 2008 Executive Energy Leadership Program, and serves on the Board of Advisors for CU’s Global Energy Management program.

San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair to Take Place on August 1

San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair

The San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair is an event that will take place on August 1. This half-day program will bring together local providers of green educational, training and apprenticeship programs as well as non-profit organizations, trade and labor groups, career coaches and business leaders to talk with people interested in starting or transitioning to a green job.  It will also provide information on upcoming local green employment projects, including those funded by the federal stimulus legislation.

This event will take place from 1:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. at the Price Center at UCSD (directions). This program is presented by Next Path, a San Diego career and workforce development company focused on green careers and sponsored by San Diego Renewable Energy Society, in collaboration with The San Diego Imperial Region Center of Excellence and The California Center for Sustainable Energy.