Under-resourced communities and communities of color disproportionately bear the burden of environmental injustice and climate change. The voices and leadership of communities on the front lines of these issues are key to creating equitable and lasting solutions.

GRID’s vision of a successful transition to clean energy that includes everyone will only be achieved within a framework of social, economic and environmental justice. GRID Alternatives is committed to:

  • Advancing an EQUITY agenda both within GRID Alternatives and in the energy industry and policy arenas by examining and addressing systemic inequities; seeking out and amplifying the voices of the communities we serve; and expanding access to solar energy and career and leadership opportunities.

  • Creating an INCLUSIVE, welcoming environment on our jobsites, in our workplaces, and board rooms where staff, volunteers, trainees, clients and community representatives are heard, supported, respected, and valued.

  • Building a culture of equity and inclusion that supports and fosters DIVERSITY. We aim to reflect the communities we serve at all levels of the organization, especially leadership, and promote these values within the energy industry. Our focus areas for diversity work include, but are not limited to: race, class, gender, sexual orientation, education level, veteran status, dis/ability, and those impacted by the criminal justice system.

RISE Initiative

The RISE (Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy) initiative brings together all of the elements for a successful workforce development program:

  • Recruitment – Conducting outreach through a network of community partners, local jurisdictions, housing authorities, community colleges, job training organizations, job fairs and the media to educate people in underserved communities about solar job opportunities and offer an entry path.
  • Real-world experience – Providing hands-on solar installation training to 4000 individuals over a two-year period in partnership with over 70 job training organizations and community colleges. Training opportunities are available throughout California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Readiness – Partnering with the industry to provide additional training opportunities that match trainees’ skills with employers’ needs, and placing 40 individuals in year-long paid fellowships through GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps program.
  • Referrals – Providing hiring employers with direct access to trained individuals through a robust resume bank, and making direct referrals of top candidates.
  • Retention – Engaging the solar industry around issues of diversity to promote a culture of inclusivity.

Interested in hands-on training? Get started here. For information on job training partnerships, click here or contact one of our regional offices and affiliates.

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