Greening our communities requires a lot of work and we recognize the tremendous demand for qualified local workers. By bringing together municipalities, private industry, and academic institutions, SEI is able to deliver green education programs and facilitate hands-on occupational training for high school and university students as well as area un- and under-employed workers. Not only do we equip them with the skills they need to land jobs in the growing green sector, we offer them an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society with their work.
Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA) is a 10-month fellowship program that provides incredible professional development opportunities for emerging climate protection leaders through implementation of climate change resiliency projects with local governments, non-profits and for-profit businesses. For more information, visit the CCBA website.
This award-winning program teaches students about energy efficiency, auditing techniques and sustainable living so they can share their knowledge within their schools, area small-business owners, senior citizens, parents, and other community members to help them save money.
SEI handles California marketing and outreach for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council's Building Operator Certification (BOC) program, which is a nationally recognized training and certification program for building operators offering improved job skills and more comfortable, energy-efficient facilities.
California is preparing to invest $2.5 billion dollars in school energy retrofitting over the next 5 years, and SEI is preparing students to learn from and contribute to this state-wide initiative for climate protection and school budget relief. SEI is working with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to train high school students in energy efficiency auditing, empowering them to make a contribution both to their school community and the community of life.
SEI has designed two high school certificates, one in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and one in green building, that help students understand climate change issues as well as provide an entry point for careers in green energy and green building.