We’re glad you asked! We operate two high-impact programs fighting climate change and working to provide economic opportunity to those in our communities most in need.
The Climate Careers program employs and empowers local youth to provide no-cost Green House Calls to local residents in 20 communities throughout the Bay Area and San Joaquin County. At each Green House Call, a team of two youth Energy Specialists provide residents with an energy and water assessment, energy and water saving installations (light bulbs, showerheads, etc.), and further conservation tips, all at no cost! The resident gets a valuable service, the environment benefits, and the youth get paid employment, training, mentorship, and a wonderful summer experience. Remote Green House Calls are also available; for details, please visit our GHC page.
Our Opportunity Build program serves low-income adults who are un- or under-employed, providing them with hands-on training for careers in the construction and solar industries. The program spans 12 months, beginning with the 10-12 week core training class and including case management and job placement and retention support. Opportunity Build is a certified construction training program, providing interested participants with a path to union apprenticeship in the skilled trades. All participants receive eco-literacy training and all construction components are taught with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
In addition to these important programs, Rising Sun engages in broad-based partnerships to advocate for green workforce development and environmental justice throughout the region and the state.