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  • Building a Green Future: Community Transformation through Renewable Energy and Workforce Development

    Thursday, December 12, 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Brownfields discussions often begin with a focus on real estate – the costs, constraints and planning involved. However, there is also a very tangible human-capital side to this discussion. Brownfields redevelopment – specifically, the workforce with credentials to work on contaminated sites – is an entry point for changing lives and changing communities most impacted by brownfields. Two workforce development examples from the San Francisco Bay Area demonstrate how community partnerships with innovative renewable energy companies are building a brighter, more sustainable future. The renewable energy projects vary from residential rooftop solar to 10.5 megawatt commercial solar installations. Come learn about the process, leadership and success of these efforts and why all communities should consider their latent human capital an essential resource in brownfields redevelopment.
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