Our mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities.
Founded in 1994 as a renewable energy education center, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity has served Northern California communities since 2000 as a green training, employment, and residential energy efficiency organization grounded in equity. From Oakland and Stockton, CA, we create and foster sustainable opportunities for all.
We operate two impactful programs:
Climate Careers is our youth employment program. Each year Climate Careers sets up offices in cities throughout Northern California, hires and trains local youth, and, through those youth, provides no-cost energy and water efficiency services (including the installation of measures such as LED light bulbs and efficient shower heads) to residents throughout the area.
Opportunity Build provides job training, case management, and job placement support to low-income adults who enter the program with barriers to successful employment. Participants, who pay nothing to participate, gain the skills they need to enter careers in the construction industry.
Rising Sun will seek out and implement innovative solutions in order to fulfill our mission.
By fully integrating our programs, Rising Sun will create multiple entry points so that participants can access resources to support their career and life development over the long term.
Rising Sun will measurably improve the environment by educating and working with communities to conserve resources while building demand for green services through partnerships, consumer education, and direct implementation.
Triple Bottom Line
Rising Sun will expand the scope and scale of its programs in order to employ more participants, make a measurable contribution to resource conservation, and sustain the organization.
We believe that when people unleash their potential, they have the ability to grow, change, and make a difference in their communities.
We believe that economic, environmental and social opportunities should be accessible to everyone.
We believe in our shared responsibility to practice and promote environmental stewardship.
We are committed to achieving significant tangible results and measuring our environmental and social impact.