For Immediate Release
November 18, 2008
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Awards AACA Contract to Run Energy Efficient Facilities Maintenance Training Program
At a ceremony at the Lenox Hotel today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino awarded a contract to the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) for their proposal to run a training program that will prepare Boston residents for "green collar" jobs. AACA, in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), will run a Facilities Maintenance Energy Efficiency training program that will train 28 people in its first cycle. The City will fund the program with an initial grant of $125,000. AACA has already lined up employer partners, including CJ/CMJ Management Company, Cornu Management Company, Maloney Properties, Winn Residential, the Lenox Hotel, and the Hilton Back Bay Hotel. These employers have assisted in the development of the training curriculum, and have agreed to interview all program graduates, hiring them as vacancies allow.
"To combat climate change and meet future energy challenges, our region and the nation will need hundreds of thousands of "green-collar" workers," Mayor Menino said. "Despite the downturn in the economy, the City needs to be ahead of the curve and prepare residents now for the next wave of jobs, many of which will be generated by new technologies created in a green economy."
In June 2008, Mayor Menino issued a Request for Concept Papers to seek proposals that would boost the skills of local residents so they are ready to fully participate in the emerging green technology industries. At the time, the City set aside $250,000 of linkage funds from the Neighborhood Jobs Trust to fund the programs. Since then, Boston Connects, Inc. has joined the effort by providing $100,000. The City has identified several other green jobs training programs, which are currently in development, and will use the additional funds to operate those in 2009.
Mayor Menino added, "Today's announcement is the beginning of implementing our vision of greening Boston's job training portfolio. When the economy improves, green jobs are going to be the most in demand jobs. We don't want our residents left behind – it is imperative that we make sure Bostonians have the skills and the training needed to do these jobs so they will be the most competitive job applicants."
Under the leadership of the Mayor, the City of Boston has set ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and developed innovative local solutions to the problem of climate change. These initiatives are fostering new economic development and job creation; it is the City's aim to ensure Bostonians are poised to take advantage of employment opportunities generated by these innovations.
In December 2006, Boston became the first major city in the nation to require adherence to the US Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified standard as part of the private development review process. As such, all new buildings over 50,000 square feet in Boston are required to be "green."
The Neighborhood Jobs Trust administers linkage funds, paid by developers, which are used to meet the training and employment needs of low-income Boston residents.