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Energy EfficiencyEnergy
Efficency

» Commercial Industry Energy Audit & Analysis Program

Funded in November 2011 by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, this 20-month project will develop a training program for those wishing to work in the field of Commercial Building Energy Auditing and Analysis. The goal of this project is to create a program by which community colleges can develop and deliver training to support commercial building energy efficiency through energy audits and analyses. The program will train both students and incumbent workers in commercial building audit and analysis skills and techniques. The long-term goal is to develop a full Associate Degree program.

Commercial buildings consume more electricity than any other building sector and are the second largest consumers of natural gas. Yet colleges have barely addressed commercial building efficiency. Meanwhile, new legislation, including a February 2011 San Francisco ordinance requiring commercial building audits every five years, will increase existing economic incentives for owners and tenants to enhance their energy efficiency.

The origin of this effort was the recognition by PG&E of their need to train their own workforce and that of over 50 contractors in commercial building audit and analysis skills. Despite the effort directed toward residential assessments in recent years, commercial skills are different for two major reasons. First, the buildings and systems are substantially more complex, and other factors (such as tenant behavior) also have significant influence on a commercial building’s energy consumption. Second, the financial decision to invest in improvements is more responsive to a detailed analytic approach due to the need for the building owner to show a profit. This difference alone explains why commercial analysis and audit programs need to put more emphasis on “making the economic case” than do residential analyses which can be strongly influenced by other factors such as indoor air quality, comfort and owner desire to reduce their carbon footprint.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To define the multiple pathways leading to work in the field, and develop a “career lattice” that shows job opportunities and needed skills to perform those jobs
  • To identify the existing credentials, standards and knowledge base needed for various levels of work in the field, as well as relevant existing educational and training materials
  • To identify gaps in existing training or instruction and develop new curriculum as needed
  • To create a program consisting of instructional modules or knowledge blocks that are stackable, like merit badges, and that can be flexibly delivered in a variety of formats to a varied audience
  • To pilot instructional modules for incumbent workers, job seekers and students
  • To insure that the training developed is responsive to the needs and demands of employers
  • To create work experience and internship opportunities for students
  • To share our work throughout the California Community College system, so that other colleges may adopt program content in ways that meet their regional needs

Our grant partners are Pacific Gas & Electric, the Pacific Energy Center, San Francisco Department of the Environment, and the San Francisco Building Owners and Managers Association.

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» Recurve RTF Grant

Based on a survey of Bay Area firms who employed energy efficiency workers, employers projected adding as many as 13,000 new jobs in eight occupations related to energy demand in the three years following the survey. (“Energy Efficiency Occupations, Bay Area”, California Community Colleges Center of Excellence, March 2009.) This survey and similar reports formed the basis of our proposal. This demand was premised on the implementation of the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program emerging at that time. Following discussions with a number of firms in the Energy Efficiency industry, CCSF-ATTE program developed an agreement with Sustainable Spaces (later changed to Recurve) to partner in an employee and faculty training program assisted by the Responsive Training Fund (RTF) for Incumbent Workers program.

Recuve employed 55 individuals, of which about 45 were in management or in the energy efficiency/audit business segment. (There were about 10 employees dedicated to software development that were not in the pool of employees targeted for this RTF program.) Thirty-nine (39) employees received some form of training supported by grant funds. The training plan for each employee was customized based on their particular position requirement and skills. Examples of the support provided include Electrical Wiring and Safety Training, Lead Identification Training, Asbestos Awareness Training, Air Conditioning System Performance and OSHA Training, specific auditing and green building assessment skills (such as BPI (Re)Certification, Energy Auditor Training, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) study courses, Green Home Retrofit and Remodeling Training), and specific business skills (such as Contract Law and Sales & Marketing for professionals).

In meetings with area college faculty, we identified significant interest in the type of skills that Recurve staff used and were expanding their training in. Several colleges (CCSF included) were creating programs in energy efficiency and/or audit training in conjunction with existing construction or environmental programs. We were able to use this project to reduce barriers for expanded college instruction. Recurve was very helpful in making their professional staff available to conduct training for faculty. Over a dozen colleges participated in their two training events; for example, Recurve staff provided instruction in the use of Infrared Cameras to faculty from CCSF, Cabrillo College, San Jose City College, San Mateo Community College, Skyline Community College and Napa Valley Community College.

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» TrainGreen SF, The Mayor's Green Academy

TrainGreen SF (January 2010 through June 2011) was a partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD), Goodwill Industries and City College of San Francisco. Based on an Academy model, it was designed to train dislocated, unemployed, underemployed or underserved populations for jobs in the emerging “Green Economy”. Initial funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

MOEWD provided funding and policy leadership. Goodwill Industries led recruitment, assessment, job readiness training, intensive services and job placement. ATTE-CCSF was responsible for curriculum development, training and coordination. During the project, we provided 140 individuals with training in:

  • Residential Energy Efficiency, Weatherization, Building Performance Audits & Retrofit,
  • Solar Thermal Systems (solar hot water) Design & Installation, or
  • Office & Administrative Skills to support companies involved in any green business.

Residential Energy Efficiency Training

We crafted a program that included training in building envelope, building performance, weatherization, audits and retrofits. Enrollees learned how to use testing equipment, measure and evaluate results, prepare audit findings and recommendations, and implement retrofits. All trainees were given the opportunity to take the BPI Building Analyst Certification exam at the end of their program.

Two cohorts of individuals with previous construction trades experience received 8-week skills enhancement training to prepare them to take the BPI exam. A third cohort received basic construction training as well as BPI preparation work during a full 18-week semester. Their training also included contextualized math, customer service, OSHA-10 Safety, First Aid & CPR. Each cohort’s training package included credit and non-credit classes from CCSF’s Business and Construction Trades Departments.

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Renewable EnergyRenewable
Energy

» Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) for California and Hawaii

The Solar Instructor Training Network promotes high-quality training in the installation of solar technologies. Nine regional resource and training providers support the professional development of trainers and instructors of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) technologies across the country. CCSF-ATTE is providing leadership of the SITN program for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), supporting training in California and Hawaii (Region 8).

The goals of Solar Instructor Training are to accelerate market adoption of solar technologies by ensuring that high-quality installations are standard and to create sustainable jobs within the solar installation industry. The Solar Instructor Training Network was launched in October 2009 by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to address a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar system design, installation, sales, and inspection. Solar Instructor Training is a 5-year effort intended to create a geographic blanket of training opportunities in solar installation across the United States.

During the first phase (2 years) of the grant, the Region 8 SITN program developed and taught a series of inter-related curricula to prepare instructors within the colleges and across the workforce development spectrum in the states of California and Hawaii in the theory and practice of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) system installation. To achieve this, we provided on-site PV and SHC Train-the-Trainer (TtT) events for faculty, electrical union and contractor personnel. By the end of this phase, over half the community colleges in California provided either courses or full programs in PV and SHC installation. We have turned our attention to other issues.

Our goal during the Second Phase (3rd year) of the grant is to improve instructor knowledge of new system technologies, add to Sales & Marketing skills, upgrade college programs, and support training of building officials and other authorities having jurisdiction over the review of plans and final installations to accelerate their process and improve the quality of their efforts. Toward these goals we are providing Advanced PV train-the-trainer sessions in the SF Bay Area and LA-Orange counties, conducting two mini-grant programs to support development of Sales & Marketing courses and ISPQ certification efforts, and supporting (in conjunction with local chapters of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors—IAEI) trainings for members at different locations around California.

Examples of the PV and Solar Thermal teacher training curriculum can be found at: http://www.fourenergy.org/sitn/html/curriculum.html

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» Solar City Scholarship Program

In the fall of 2010 CCSF-ATTE partnered with Solar City, one of the nation’s largest solar sales and installation firms, to train residents of the economically-challenged southeast sector of San Francisco in solar PV installation. The program provided scholarships for students identified by various community-based organizations. The training consisted of a course in electrical applications, an entry-level solar PV installation course, and OSHA-10 training and certification. The scholarship students received textbooks, classroom materials, and a small stipend for attending the intensive course. Young Community Developers, a community-based organization that provides multiple services to the Southeast sector of the City, partnered with us to provide individual case support, job readiness training and other services to remove barriers to success that some of the students might experience.

Prior to the commencement of the project, Solar City donated a large solar PV array to City College to be used for teaching our solar classes. Their senior installers assisted in the classroom as industry experts and mentors. Those completing the program were invited to sit for the NABCEP exam.

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» TrainGreen SF, The Mayor's Green Academy

TrainGreen SF (January 2010 through June 2011) was a partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD), Goodwill Industries and City College of San Francisco. Based on an Academy model, it was designed to train dislocated, unemployed, underemployed or underserved populations for jobs in the emerging “Green Economy”. Initial funding came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

MOEWD provided funding and policy leadership. Goodwill Industries led recruitment, assessment, job readiness training, intensive services and job placement. ATTE-CCSF was responsible for curriculum development, training and coordination. During the project, we provided 140 individuals with training in:

  • Residential Energy Efficiency, Weatherization, Building Performance Audits & Retrofit,
  • Solar Thermal Systems (solar hot water) Design & Installation, or
  • Office & Administrative Skills to support companies involved in any green business

Solar Thermal Systems Design & Installation Training

ATTE-CCSF assisted in the development of a Solar Thermal course for City College’s Construction Trades Department. That course was piloted as part of TrainGreen SF. We crafted a full-time, one semester program for one cohort. After a pre-requisite of basic plumbing, individuals learned how to design and install Solar Thermal systems from an industry professional with a large installation company. Their training also included basic construction, contextualized math, customer service, blue-print reading, OSHA-10 Safety, First Aid & CPR. The package included credit and non-credit classes from CCSF’s Business and Construction Trades Departments.

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Renewable Energy Transporation

» Electric Vehicle Technician Training

This effort is designed to develop a series of inter-related curricula to train students (community college and secondary school), fleet personnel and independent shop owners and technicians in the operation, safety, maintenance and repair of existing and emerging hybrid, PHEVs, EVs and FCVs. Our team includes auto program educators, a large municipal shop with a substantial hybrid and NEV fleet, a PHEV conversion center and a firm that has provided independent training for 10 years. The training prepares participants to understand existing models, and to participate in OEM vehicle-specific maintenance training in the future as new vehicles are introduced. This effort is funded by a US Department of Energy (National Energy and Technology Laboratory) Transportation Electrification grant awarded to CCSF in 2009. CCSF-ATTE prepared the grant proposal and is managing the effort.

We are conducting training in four phases over 3 years. The first phase provided for our organizational, management and reporting tasks. During the second phase, we developed draft curriculum (and tested existing recently-developed hybrid curriculum) with members of each target audience. (We refer to the students, fleet and independent technician groups as our "target audience.")

In the third phase, we revised the curriculum for each group based on lessons-learned and expand it to the three target audiences in other San Francisco Bay area locations; this provided further insights into how to make the curriculum and equipment needs portable. In the fourth phase we exported the curricula for each target audience to community colleges in Southern California and then to Mt. Hood Community College near Portland, Oregon to further understand how best to disseminate the developed information and curricula nationwide.

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» Bridging the Biodiesel Gap

This EPA-funded effort was coordinated by CCSF-ATTE between 2006 and 2009 with People’s Fuel, Community Fuels and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Although the biodiesel industry had rapidly expanded in some parts of the United States during the early years of the 21st century, there remained a need to demonstrate to fleets and distributors across the West Coast that commercial scale biodiesel implementation was possible. Widespread implementation of biodiesel had been slowed by setbacks arising from fuel quality issues, lack of infrastructure, low availability, higher costs and lack of awareness and understanding on what the fuel is and how it could be used successfully. Some of these impediments could be overcome by developing fueling infrastructure, by monitoring and assessing pilot fleet results within target user groups, and by providing ongoing educational outreach and access to biodiesel educational materials customized for the target sectors-- end-users, distributors, trucking, transportation and construction.

This CCSF-ATTE led project demonstrated that greater petroleum displacement could be achieved by transforming biodiesel fuel from a boutique, specialty fuel to a mainstream alternative fuel by achieving a series of sub-objectives:

· Designing and delivering training and education programs to stakeholders including fuel users, fuel distributors, mechanics and fleet managers;

· Establishing high quality distribution services of biodiesel across a wide region;

· Monitoring and reporting on use of biodiesel in on- and off-road private and public fleets with large spheres of influence in various industry segments; and · Making biodiesel education available in communities traditionally exposed to high levels of pollutants.

These sub-objectives were demonstrated as part of our three phase effort.
Phase I: The training partners developed curriculum for use by distributors, mechanics, and users and began training these groups.
Phase II: Distribution sites were enhanced and pilot fleets were encouraged and assisted to use biodiesel blends. The fleets and distribution systems were monitored, feedback from which was integrated into the project design. Outreach and education for independent petroleum distributors and dozens of fleets was provided.
Phase III: Training materials and case studies from experiences in Phase I and Phase II were created and distributed to fleets across multiple industries. The EPA’s West Coast Collaborative acted as a repository for these results.

Presentations, check lists, case studies and other documents related to this effort can be obtained at: http://westcoastcollaborative.org/grants/ca-bridging-biodiesel-gap.htm. Note that the presentation files are quite large.

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» United Airlines RTF Grant

United Airlines RTF With over 10,000 employees, United Airlines is one of the largest employers in San Francisco and the Peninsula, and one of the largest airlines in the world. But price competition from low cost air carriers has been severe; market share of United and other older, larger airlines has declined in recent years. To remain competitive, grow its employment, rehire furloughed employees and expand its contract maintenance work for other airlines, United had established a goal of achieving substantial and continuous cost reductions. Since 2004, the airline has conducted a “Lean” process training program toward achieving the desired cost reductions.

The ATTE program at CCSF was able to link United with resources available through the Responsive Training Fund (RTF) for Incumbent Workers through the California Community College System’s Economic and Workforce Development program. These grants provide funds to local community colleges to expand the delivery of instruction and customized, for-fee training to employers and incumbent workers in high wage/high impact industries.

Training was provided over two years on separate grants. Over 225 supervisors, managers, union, peer, and other leaders were provided skills in “lean” process techniques related to aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul functions. The first year provided introductory training, while the second year effort provided trainees a 48-hour program resulting in a certificate of completion recognized by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. The program was provided by specialized trainers and included both classroom and shop-floor training elements. By providing the training at the rank-and-file, supervisory and managerial levels, United has developed a single facility-wide orientation, language and skills enabling improvements to be rapidly implemented. Subsequent utilization of these processes has enhanced local employment growth.

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Renewable Energy GIS

» GIS Education Center

The ATTE Center at City College of San Francisco is adept at being the only community college in the Bay Area to recognize the importance of the Geospatial Industry and provide professional training to the community. The GIS Education Center at the ATTE Center at City College of San Francisco officially opened in January 2005. Despite the growth of technology in the Bay Area there is a lack of customized training for various industries using GIS for industry specific purposes.

The process of networking with GIS professional organizations, interviews with GIS professionals in the private sector and public agencies led us to the development of customized GIS courses for several industries. The need for customized classes for the transportation industry was the most apparent. The students in our first class for GIS and Transportation include city planners, municipal engineers, transportation managers and transportation advocacy groups all with a specific need for GIS training for their work projects. The class is full to capacity with a waiting list for the next section.

The goals of the GIS Education center are to understand the future trends of GIS and to increase the competencies of professionals and help them achieve their career goals. Our future course development projects include workforce and economic development, public safety, health and economic gardening.

The GIS Education Center at The City College Evans campus offers state-of-the-art technology and software including ESRI ArcGIS and Oracle Spatial. For more information see www.ccsf.edu/gis.

 

 

 

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