Skyline College’s Green Energy Camp was very successful, but was offered only on campus, limiting the program’s reach.
The earth’s environment faces numerous challenges, including climate change and “dirty” energy. Skyline College responded with a two-week, onsite “Green Energy Camp” that integrates a young demographic into the emerging green sector, essential to the development and growth of a robust workforce to meet the challenging climate, energy, and water challenges in our near future. The two-week camp gave high schoolers a pathway to college with two units of college and high school credit. More information about the camp is available at its YouTube channel:
Green Energy Camp staff includes: Celia Canfield, camp producer and marketing instructor, Bruce Greenstein and Joan Connolly as subject matter experts on energy efficiency and solar, Rita Gulli as the coordinator for the camp, Anasanique Fountain as the lead videographer and she was assisted by two Skyline film students, David Oriqat and Nicole Smith.
Skyline College’s Center for Sustainable Construction took a “mobile classroom” (a specially equipped vehicle) on the road to deliver a college-level, “Green” Construction Basics course to students on their high school campus. The program is designed to be a bridge for students in high school to get exposure to college faculty, curriculum, and culture. Students will receive both high school and college credit for the two-semester program.
This program is part of the Proposition 39 workforce request for application (RFA), which targets occupations in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors of energy efficiency and clean energy generation. Residential and agricultural occupations are excluded.
Energy consumption and clean energy generation occur on the customer or “demand” side of the utility meter. This includes the power meter, gas meter, and water meter. Energy efficiency programs – for purposes of the Prop 39 workforce RFA – reduce demand side energy consumption in commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. Technologies Within demand-side applications for commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, energy efficiency technologies fall into three general categories:
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
- Lighting and lighting controls
- Building envelope (roofing, insulation, windows, etc.)
- Renewable Energy related to energy consumption in a building
- Lighting control systems (e.g. California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program)
- Environmental Control Systems (sensors, controls, and networking specifically for HVAC/R)
- Building Automation Systems, if related to HVAC/R or lighting controls Foundational Workforce Programs Selected programs such as Electrical, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, Drafting, OSHA, and others are considered “foundational” to an Energy Efficiency pathway and are eligible for Prop 39 workforce funds allocation.