Posts Categorized: Careers
Veterans Show Leadership in Energy Efficiency Employment
by Pat Stanton
“If you can low crawl through cold wet mud under concertina wire while live fire shells whiz above your head,” says Rhett Major, “working in a crawlspace or attic is pretty much a piece of cake.” A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard, Rhett now thrives in his energy efficiency career. He is one of more than 230,000 vets who have chosen similar paths. Read More
Career Pathways to Energy Efficiency Jobs: Apprenticeships
by Carina Wallack
“The time to join a fast growing, rewarding career has never been better,” says HVAC professional Chris Morin. “Every home needs these professional skills, most of which do not require a higher education and mountains of debt to attain… [The energy efficiency industry] is a great choice for those interested in a career move to a skill that cannot be outsourced by robotics.”
For those seeking stable jobs with opportunities for social and environmental impact, apprenticeships in the energy efficiency (EE) field are a good option. Energy efficiency professionals are everywhere, with varied roles. Read More
Clean Energy Jobs Begin Heating Up Coal Country
by Pat Stanton
“I will always be a coal miner at heart,” Scott Shoupe says, “but we have to acknowledge where it is and the true impacts of coal for the future. I want to take my wealth of knowledge and bring change to my communities.”
Spotlight on Women in Energy Efficiency
by Audrey Bragg
“I think it’s just my personality that allows me to be fearless and put myself in gender-unbalanced situations,” says Stephanie Bassler. “I am doing my best, and I let that speak for itself.” How many of us have heard women’s stories similar to Stephanie’s?
To celebrate Women’s History Month, my staff asked women to reflect on their career roles in energy efficiency (EE). Read More
Local Staying Power: EE Jobs in Rural America
by Audrey Bragg
Energy Efficiency Jobs in America shows that energy efficiency (EE) jobs drive energy employment, representing nearly 35% of all U.S. energy-sector workers. One may assume that most of these opportunities are in major cities, as rural areas offer fewer job options in general. However, certain industries create a larger number of local jobs providing employment for Americans outside metro areas. These jobs can transform people’s lives and be fulfilling careers.
EE is one of these vital industries, offering 2.25 million jobs.[i] You may not realize, but EE jobs are everywhere. In fact, 99.7% of U.S. counties have energy efficiency jobs. Yes, 3,000 out of 3,007 counties employ EE workers. Read More
Construction Jobs Significant in U.S. Energy Efficiency Employment
by Pat Stanton
Since early September, I have been eager to share findings from our recently released Energy Efficiency Jobs in America report. One key fact that surfaced is the importance of construction work in the energy efficiency (EE) industry. Overall, 2.25 million Americans are employed in EE. Of these workers, 1.27 million are employed in construction.*
Did you know that 1 in 6 of all United States construction workers spend 50% or more of their time on EE-related tasks? People may think that careers in efficiency are limited to changing light bulbs and installing insulation. But we’ve discovered that most EE construction work is related to installing high efficiency heating and cooling / HVAC systems. Read More
Veterans Rock Energy Efficiency Jobs
by Pat Stanton
Every workday, 2.25 million American energy efficiency professionals are on the job.[i] Many install insulation and advanced building controls and improve HVAC systems. Their work isn’t always recognized, but I strongly believe that it should be! For starters, energy efficiency (EE) cuts waste and costs while improving health and comfort.
Our new report, Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, offers insights about EE companies and workers. I was surprised to learn that although only six percent of the U.S. workforce are veterans, eleven percent of energy efficiency workers are veterans. Read More
Energy Efficiency Jobs: USA’s Powerhouse
by Steve Cowell
News flash! The U.S. energy efficiency industry is becoming known as a jobs powerhouse. Why? Because it now supports a workforce of 2.25 million and continues to increase. I feel honored to spread this good news that buoys us beyond politics to unite a focus on the positive.
Our new report, Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, articulates the scale and scope of jobs across the country, with details for all 50 states. Energy efficiency (EE) is the largest sector in the U.S. clean energy economy. Read More
Spotlight: What’s a “Nanogrid”? Clark University Hosts a Tour
by Emily Duff
In mid-December, E4TheFuture staff braved the New England winter to tour an electric generation project at Clark University in Worcester, MA. The nickname “nanogrid” arose because the setup is smaller than a typical microgrid. Professor Chuck Agosta conceived of the on-campus project and is leading its development and ongoing evolution. We were all eager to learn about this nanogrid. (Plus, I welcomed the chance to get away from my desk!)
After arriving at the physics building for introductions, the group headed to the roof to see the technologies that comprise the project’s electric generation. Eight solar panels, two small wind turbines and two storage batteries (located downstairs) simultaneously power the lab and will soon provide clean energy to more rooms in the building.
Left to right: Emily Duff, Susan Buchan, Santiago Deambrosi, Prof. Chuck Agosta and Amir Abedini
Spotlight: Networking: An E4Fellow Perspective
By Josh Kriesberg
I attended my first networking event just one week after starting as an E4Fellow. The organization finds and creates networking opportunities not just for the fellows, but for the entire staff. So much of the work that we do is collaborative and we all relish the ability to meet and connect.
Networking can be difficult. E4TheFuture is great at providing access to events and at building the skills and professional awareness that it takes to be a better networker. The mentality here emphasizes the concept of sharing ideas, both with those who are aligned with our mission and those who have a different view.
Josh (at left) enjoyed the annual NECA holiday networking event with other clean energy young professionals.
Spotlight: Josh Kriesberg, Policy Fellow
Josh Kriesberg began as a policy fellow at E4TheFuture in July 2016 within weeks after completing his B.A. at Syracuse University. His assignments comprise policy initiatives and research projects including the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER) and database management.
Spotlight: Emily Duff, Policy Fellow
Emily Duff began as a policy fellow at E4TheFuture in July 2016. After just a week of training she was soon immersed in a half dozen policy initiatives and research projects including the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER). She also assists with social media outreach.