ABAG's BayREN helps organization look toward decarbonized future

Courtesy Rising Sun

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity has formed a partnership with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) and more than 20 other cities, government agencies, unions, employers and advisors to ensure equitable access to key jobs in the growing decarbonization industry.

The joint project, which starts June 1,  aims to understand regional decarbonization labor market demand, workforce issues, and training needs; establish and incentivize industry labor standards; and develop clear, accessible training pathways to building decarbonization jobs — especially for entry-level and disadvantaged workers. 

Most housing in the Bay Area relies on natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will involve both all-electric new construction and significant retrofitting of housing stock. 

Since 2019, BayREN has provided funding for Rising Sun's Climate Careers program, which helps residents throughout the Bay Area take their first steps towards a more efficient and healthy home and gives local youth with low incomes their first green job.

BayREN  — administered by the the Association of Bay Area Governments—  offers regional energy programs, services and resources that promote energy savings, while helping local governments evaluate ways to come into compliance with state energy code. Those programs result in energy and cost savings for thousands, while playing a role in fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

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