USGBC Reaches Out To Communities In Need
The US Green Building Council has a new mission: to reach out directly to underserved communities, and teach them about the benefits of green living, including green homes. One place where this effort has gained some traction is in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Specifically, the USGBC's Inland Empire, Calif. chapter has worked with Rancho Cucamonga in order to respond to what the USGBC has referred to as a "glaring need for environmental education and leadership."
The name of the program is the Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative.
As published on the USGBC's website, by writer Michael Peel, the USGBC-IE chapter has found that Rancho Cucomonga residents were often unaware of the efficiency programs already available to them through utility companies, and municipalities. Often these programs or services are free, and can both save money for residents who use them, and improve their general health.
One way the USGBC-IE chapter acted was through its Clean Energy Workforce Training Program. This program was designed to help the underemployed and underemployed. Its result was that fifteen Building Performance Institute community college trainees gained over 1,000 hours of on-the-job training. Some of their work included assesments on low income households.
The Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative was secured via $50,000 in grants, from a wide variety of funders including: the Home Depot Foundation, USGBC National, and Southern California Gas Co.
Now the USGBC-IE seeks to help other underserved communities, by providing similar educational opportunities.