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Last month, Portland City Council approved a Community Workforce Agreement that will lead to the creation of thousands of high-quality, family-supporting jobs for qualified, historically underrepresented contractors and workers in the clean-energy economy. The City and Clean Energy Works Portland stakeholders—including public, private, nonprofit, community, and labor institutions—collaborated to create this unprecedented agreement, establishing a set of sustainable contracting standards and community benefits. The City extends a big thank you to our partners who helped make this vision a reality. Watch the video clip of the council testimony with an opening statement from Green for All.
What’s next: In the near term, Clean Energy Works Portland is embarking on a pilot project phase during which approximately 500 Portland area homes will receive energy audits and be retrofitted by the summer of 2010. Measures include weatherization, space and water heating—delivered through on-bill repayment. After the 500-home pilot phase, the City of Portland will significantly scale up Clean Energy Works in an effort to retrofit the estimated 100,000 qualifying homes over the next several years. In the coming decade, this could result in as many as 10,000 local jobs.
From Mayor Sam Adams: “In Oregon, a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, this program stands to provide a scalable national model by leveraging federal recovery dollars to put people back to work and achieve significant carbon reductions. In partnership with Green For All, we have the ability to promote social equity in a measurable way, providing an opportunity for under-employed youth and adults to gain career training in the sustainable building industry, and ensure that Portland stays at the forefront of the green economy.”
Green for All partnership: The City of Portland partnered with Green For All�an organization that advises local leaders nationwide to develop stronger clean energy jobs programs�to create the community workforce agreement for the home energy retrofit pilot program. This initiative will leverage federal recovery dollars to reduce carbon emissions, lower utility bills, and create jobs. Going forward, Green For All will utilize their national expertise to support and guide the effort to bring the pilot project to scale.
This agreement marks the City’s successful collaboration between a broad base of community stakeholders to help ensure equity for women, people of color, and other historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups in the implementation of Clean Energy Works Portland. Community stakeholders include: Change to Win, Coalition for a Livable Future, Construction Apprentice and Workforce Solutions, Eco Tech LLC, Evening Trades Apprenticeship Preparation, Home Energy Life Performance Group, Inc., Irvington Covenant Community Development Corporation, Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership, National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon, NAYA Family Center, Neil Kelly Corp., O'Neill Electric Inc., Oregon Action, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers, Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust, Oregon Apollo Alliance, Oregon Tradeswomen, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Portland Development Commission, Portland YouthBuilders, Sierra Club, Sustainable Solutions Unlimited, Urban League of Portland and Verde.
These new community stakeholders join the existing pilot members that include City of Portland, Multnomah County, Green For All, WorkSystems Inc., Energy Trust of Oregon, Shorebank Enterprise Cascadia, NW Natural, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric.
View the agreement, photos from the Council hearing and signing, and a video message from Green For All at www.cleanenergyworksportland.org.