More and more property owners are retrofitting homes and businesses for energy and resource efficiency. At the same time, new buildings must meet higher efficiency standards. This growing demand for “green” construction translates into new job opportunities, but only for workers who have the proper skills and credentials. That’s why “green” job training should be an important priority.
To address this challenge locally, the City is working with Envirolution, an organization that provides training, mentoring, fieldwork, and job placement. Envirolution has been active in New York City and is looking to expand into Westchester, with New Rochelle as its first stop. The City will help promote Envirolution’s programming and will provide scholarships to qualified residents. The College of New Rochelle has also signed on as a partner.
City Council Member Jared Rice deserves credit for spear-heading this initiative. Green business development is also a goal within New Rochelle’s Sustainability Plan.