In MA, Green Jobs Abound for Home Energy Upgrades

Good news for residents of Massachusetts:

When it comes to “green jobs,” installing solar panels and building wind turbines are often mentioned, and community action agencies in Massachusetts said the field has other career paths, including teams who do key work inside a person’s home.

Agencies work with low-income households on reducing their energy burden.

Mary Knittle, energy director for the Worcester Community Action Council, said it goes beyond helping them secure assistance for monthly bills. She pointed out it includes someone specializing in home weatherization to ensure heating and cooling systems are running efficiently, who will coordinate contractors brought in for upgrades after an assessment.

“We’re going to approach their home and the needs of their home holistically,” Knittle explained. “It’s a great asset, it’s a great comfort and time saver.”

She noted the work is being carried out as newer technology comes on board to reduce the carbon footprint of homes. Agencies around the state emphasized there is strong demand for such services right now, amid higher energy prices and budget pressure from inflation.

Evan Pagliuca, program manager of the Green Jobs Academy for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, said the training covers several courses for home weatherization, and appeals to people wanting to get their foot in the door and eventually take some big career leaps. Read the full article on Public News Service.

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