Workforce Development: Resources

This collection of resources can help Better Buildings partners as they continue to pursue energy efficiency improvements at their facilities through a more engaged and well-trained workforce. PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE IS IN DRAFT.

Better Buildings Partners – Best Practices

Apprenticeship Programs

  • The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) developed its Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program to overcome the impending retirement of skilled trades workers and the need for a new generation of professionals trained in energy-efficient technology.

Investing in Workforce Development

  • The Home Depot Skilled Trades Training Program committed $50 million from its foundation for training 20,000 tradespeople by 2028 in order to fill the growing labor gap in the skilled trades.
  • The Track to the Trades workforce development initiative at Lowe’s aims to provide innovative career alternatives and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trade.
  • The U.S. General Services Administration's Sustainable Facilities Tool has a Position-Based User Guide to help connect different roles with your building's overall sustainability goals. 

Certification Programs

Partner Presentations

Additional Resources

Workforce Outreach Materials

  • The HVACR Recruitment Toolkit created by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation includes tools to assist with recruitment efforts by HVACR companies, program administrators or instructors, and school counselors.

Training Materials

  • Building re–tuning training developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory educates building operators, facility engineers and other technicians working in commercial buildings on how to find and fix inefficient operations that waste energy.
  • The Building Science Education Solution Center provides accurate, easy-to-access training materials on the fundamentals of building science, including HVAC Systems.

Scholarships for HVACR Programs

Industrial Sector Programs
  • Better Plants In-Plant Trainings (INPLTs) pass on valuable technical expertise on energy-saving projects and practices to partners’ workforces. 1,600 industrial workers have benefited from participating in INPLTs since 2011.
  • DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC): University students from across the country have conducted more than 18,000 no-cost energy assessments. They are not only helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers save energy, but also gaining valuable, hands-on training for their own engineering careers.