Workforce Accelerator

Workforce Accelerator

Cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades in U.S. buildings could save $100 billion each year in energy bills. These savings are only possible when knowledgeable workers design the equipment and buildings, provide quality installation, and communicate energy efficiency benefits to buyers. The Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator seeks to raise the level of building science and energy efficiency knowledge in the nation’s building-related workforce, supporting the vision of the U.S. building workforce as a global leader in delivering quality efficiency products and services to American residents and businesses.

Workforce Development Portal

DOE has collected resources, information, and other materials to help you address your workforce needs and take the next step toward an impactful career in energy efficiency.

Want to Learn More?

For more information about Better Buildings' workforce activities, including how to sign up for our listserv, contact the team today.

2022 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, the 900+ Better Buildings partners have saved more than 2.5 quadrillion Btus, saving more than $15 billion and 155 million tons of CO2.

Featured Solutions

This Fact Sheet introduces the goals of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator, the importance of the energy efficiency workforce in buildings, and the benefits of becoming a partner.
A key factor in building interest and awareness around green buildings careers is reaching and engaging with students early on, from kindergarten through high school. This fact sheet from the Workforce Accelerator summarizes best practices and valuable resources to help green building trainers and employers connect meaningfully to K-12 students and educators.
Through the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator, DOE engages industry partners in activities that build interest and awareness, streamline pathways, and improve skills for people pursuing green building careers. This fact sheet distills valuable insights and resources from a peer exchange call on the topic of supporting green building trainers and employers in reaching, onboarding, and retaining a diverse workforce.

Other Resources

Additional Information

RECENT BLOGS

Workforce Accelerator December 2021 Partner Meeting Report-Out December 17, 2021
The 2021 December Partner meeting featured updates from the Intersrare Renewable Energy Council on the launch of the National Clean Energy Workforce, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council new building operations certfification program, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory JUMP into STEM program.

Workforce Accelerator Report-Out From the 2021 Summit July 7, 2021
The 2021 Summit featured two sessions with speakers from the Accelerator, who shared how they used the Accelerator to further their goals in the energy efficiency workforce and thought leadership.

New Online Resources to Support U.S. Green Building Workforce April 30, 2021
Select Accelerator partners shared deliverables focused on green building career development and advancement during their quarterly call.

The Latest from the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator December 22, 2020
Workforce Accelerator partners provided updates on the progress toward their goals at their first quarterly meeting.

Workforce Accelerator Partners Set Big Goals at Kick Off October 2, 2020
DOE kicked off its workforce development efforts with its first partner meeting where participants discussed their goals and focus areas. 

Sector Priorities

Partners

A-Z

American Association of Blacks in Energy & Jonah Cooper LLC
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Auburn University Rural Studio
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Building Performance Association
Coalfield Development
Confluence Communications
CUNY: The City University of New York
D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)
Elevate (formerly Elevate Energy)
Emerald Cities Collaborative
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)
Greenwork
Home Builders Institute
Institute for Market Transformation
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
Lane Community College
Longmont, CO
Mississippi Development Authority
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU)
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
Roxbury Community College
Strategic Energy Innovations
The Corps Network
The Solar Foundation - Puerto Rico
U.S. Green Building Council
Urban Green Council
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Energy Engineer Advisory Board

Location

Alabama

Auburn University Rural Studio

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)
Institute for Market Transformation
U.S. Green Building Council
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Energy Engineer Advisory Board

Georgia

ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Illinois

American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Elevate (formerly Elevate Energy)

Massachusetts

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Roxbury Community College

Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

CUNY: The City University of New York
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Urban Green Council

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Lane Community College

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

The Solar Foundation - Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Texas

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Virginia

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Washington

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)

West Virginia

Coalfield Development