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Building Upgrades: An Opportunity for Workforce and Economic Inclusion
This webinar introduces strategies that will leverage residential and commercial retrofit projects towards realizing workforce diversity and economic inclusion. It will cover why leveraging retrofits for community benefits is important and identify challenges towards employing a diverse workforce and implementing economic inclusion strategies. Speakers will offer guidance on how to develop project requirements that track to workforce diversity and economic inclusion and how to identify partners who can help project teams realize their workforce goals.

Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) is hosting a series of training webinars for potential applicants to the Department of Energy’s Building Upgrades Prize (Buildings UP). The prize is awarding over $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams with winning ideas to accelerate equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades in residential and commercial buildings. Applications to Buildings UP opened on February 18 and will remain open through July 18. See the full list of webinar offerings here: https://www.herox.com/BuildingsUP/229-upcoming-webinars-recordings.

Note: Attendance is not required at Buildings UP webinars or related events in order to complete a Phase 1 submission, and attendance will not influence the scoring of your prize submission.

R2E2 is a partnership of ACEEE, Elevate, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and HR&A Advisors that works to scale up affordable housing energy upgrades to lower energy bills and GHG emissions while advancing racial equity, local workforce development, and health goals. R2E2 is supporting the Buildings Upgrade Prize by providing training and technical assistance to applicants and awardees.

May 11, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Daryl Wright
Chief Strategy Officer @Emerald Cities
Daryl has had over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles as a Senior Director and Vice President at YouthBuild USA and as Board President at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Also, he serves on the board of the Root Cause Institute. Before coming to Emerald Cities, Wright was Principal Consultant at Proprentice Knight a consulting firm working with clients on community engagement, workforce, and supplier development in high-demand sectors. Daryl has extensive experience building and sustaining collaborations focused on successful outcomes for individuals living in low-income communities. He has expertise in community development, workforce development, and youth development. He has worked with community-based organizations, unions, business associations, and employers developing innovative programs and taking them to scale. He is the author of 50 publications, most written under government contracts. Daryl has a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy
Rohini Srivastava
Senior Researcher @American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Rohini conducts research on new technologies, practices, and programs to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Specific research areas include innovative program approaches, the multiple benefits of efficiency retrofits, and workforce skills needed to advance high-performance building technologies and zero-energy buildings. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2018, Rohini was a contributing researcher for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Consortium for Building Energy Innovation and the U.S.-India Centre for Building Energy Research and Development. Rohini is a registered architect in India and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She received her PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master of architecture from Kent State University.