In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, the IFMA Foundation is delighted to announce it’s been selected being an awardee for the Denver Office of Climate Action Sustainability & Resiliency (CASR) Green Workforce Development program that may create pathways to participants’ economic success and offer a platform for folks to boost environmental quality.
CASR awarded $2.1 million in contracts through its taxpayer-supported Climate Protection fund which will create and expand clean energy jobs. “Our vision would be to create career opportunities and pathways for folks from under-resourced communities,” said Grace Rink, Denver’s chief climate officer. “We have been focusing on a just transition to a climate-resilient future for Denver by training and creating a workforce which will be first in line for increasingly high-demand jobs in clean energy.”
The six awardees include:
- Community College of Denver
- Denver Public Schools
- Energy Efficiency Business Coalition
- GRID Alternatives
- International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation
- Mile High Youth Corps
CASR, together with Denver Economic Opportunity and Development, issued funding to expand equitable usage of jobs in the green economy through workforce development and occupations for Denver residents. These entities shall provide outreach, education, up-skilling, re-skilling, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Awardees shall also reduce or eliminate barriers to employment for folks from under-resourced communities, folks of color, and workers from industries in transition.
“The IFMA Foundation is delighted to be selected to take part in this program that will create pathways to participants’ economic success and offer a platform for folks to boost environmental quality,” said Foundation Executive Director, Diane Levine.
“Facility managers are fundamental to reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment, driving mitigation of the region’s building emissions,” continued Levine. “They offer essential climate action leadership by integrating energy efficiency, clean energy, and carbon reduction in to the operation of buildings. The ongoing work supported by the program will have significant effect on providing jobs, which come in demand, into facility management careers, while at the same time, promoting a sustainable future for Denver.”