Building Skills Partnership

Announcing New Press Release: “Demand Driven Program Fosters Immigrant Worker Success While Building a Pathway to an Inclusive Green Economy”

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2017

Press Contact: Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814 luis@buildingskills.org

 

“Demand Driven Program Fosters Immigrant Worker Success While Building a Pathway to an Inclusive Green Economy”

 

Los Angeles, CA – Building Skills Partnership (BSP) has recently launched an initiative termed “Green Jobs, Good Jobs” that will train immigrant workers, specifically janitors, in ‘green cleaning’ and energy conservation practices. Given that 90% of janitors are immigrant workers, the project recognizes immigrants as essential players in fulfilling the growing sustainability needs of high-rise buildings across California.

“The success of this initiative is a testament to the commitment of employers and their clients who see the value janitors bring to sustainability efforts and to the janitors themselves, who are motivated to engage with their work,” said BSP Executive Director, Aida Cardenas. “As we continue to have conversations with these key stakeholders, our goal is to advance equity among immigrant workers while continuing to innovate the model to have a lasting impact on business, workers, and the environment.”

“Green Jobs, Good Jobs” is funded by a grant totaling $520,000 from the California Workforce Development Board under the High Road Training Partnership Initiative. The project will promote strong labor-management engagement to meet the needs of the rapidly changing green industry while strengthening career pathways for low-wage workers into good jobs. Through engagement, diverse partners from high tech companies to commercial building across California will demonstrate their commitment to building a future of good jobs, green economies, and equitable businesses that actively value immigrant professionals. Participating companies include Blackstone (Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., Sun America Center, Santa Monica Business Park buildings), CBRE (Pacific Corporate Towers), Calsters (City National Plaza), DreamWorks Animation Studios, and JMB Realty (Constellation Place).

Building owners and janitorial employers rely on their janitorial employees to do the day-to-day work of maintaining a green building that adapts to rapidly changing sustainability standards. At the forefront of building operations, janitors are responsible for on-the-ground operations and maintenance activities that ultimately reduce energy, water consumption, and waste diversion. Leveraging the critical link between janitors and green companies, owners and employers recognize that the success of their environmental performance goals can only be achieved with a well-trained workforce. Investing in this largely immigrant workforce is a win-win that fosters healthy communities and profitable businesses.

Under “Green Jobs, Good Jobs,” janitors participate in a 30 hour certification training program in practices including energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, and water conservation. Furthermore, the project will intentionally support owner and employer leadership to shape the industry and define skills, standards, training, and upward career ladder opportunities for janitorial workers. With the support of the grant and collaboration from industry leaders, BSP will implement the project in Los Angeles as well as expand the program to Silicon Valley, Oakland, Sacramento, Orange County, and San Diego with high profile commercial buildings in the high tech, entertainment, and business industries. For a list of partnering janitorial companies, see this link: http://www.buildingskills.org/our-partners-and-funders/employers/. To learn more about the Green Janitor Education program, email greenjanitors@usgbc-la.org.

 

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About Building Skills Partnership

The Building Skills Partnership is a 510(c)3 non-profit collaboration between SEIU-United Service Workers West, janitorial employers, building owners, and community leaders. BSP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage, property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation. (www.buildingskills.org)

 

About our Collaborators

The”Green Jobs, Good Jobs” project is a collaboration between Building Skills Partnership (BSP), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), responsible janitorial companies, building owners and Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW).