GRID Alternatives volunteer Katharine Johnston writes a guest post for the GLA blog about her volunteer experience.
Women in Solar
The women of GRID Greater Los Angeles attended the first Women in Green Power Breakfast of 2014, centered around an inspiring conversation between Ana Guerrero, the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and sustainability leader, Heather Rosenberg.
"I am convinced the only solution we can find to climate change is one that must include women and must include all of our communities, because otherwise it will not be successful."
GRID Alternatives' Women's Builds help get women excited about working in renewables, but to really close the gender gap, we'll need more women mentors, too.
In February, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles completed its eighth and final solar installation project supported by a grant from the William C. Bannerman Foundation. This grant helped support the installation of 26kW of clean solar power for Los Angeles area low-income homeowners, providing over $240,000 worth of affordable energy for the families who need it the most.
Courtney Dittmar was thrilled the day she took home her orange Team Leader shirt. For months she had been commuting by bus, train, bike and foot to get to installs in Richmond, Oakland and San Francisco from her home in Mountain View, and she finally had something to show for it.
We would like to celebrate Capital City Solars support of the North Valley Solarthon Womens Build team. At the Solarthon event on October 6, the Womens Build team will be installing a 2 kW system for a single-mother of two.
This years Womens History Month theme is "Womens Education Womens Empowerment." At GRID Alternatives, we make it a goal to empower women by providing opportunities to learn the necessary skills to have long-term careers and to help build a successful green collar workforce and solar community for us all.
GRID Greater Los Angeles hosted its first women's build this past weekend. Women from as far as Washington DC, Delaware, Colorado and Arizona and as close as East LA and Santa Monica came together to cooperatively install a 1.8 kW system for the Galarza family in Watts.