Building Skills Partnership

Announcing New Press Release: BSP Receives $45,000 Grant from LADWP to Promote Energy and Water Conservation in Immigrant Communities

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2017
Press Contact : Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814 luis@buildingskills.org

Building Skills Partnership Receives $45,000 Grant from LADWP to Promote Energy and Water
Conservation in Immigrant Communities

LOS ANGELES, CA | August 1, 2017 – Building Skills Partnership (BSP) has received a $45,000 Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Community Partnership Grant to train janitors in Los
Angeles County to apply ‘green cleaning’ and energy conservation practices in their workplaces and
homes.

The community partnership grants are one part of a comprehensive package of energy efficiency and
water conservation programs offered by LADWP. These grants will help meet the Department’s goal of
reducing energy consumption among customers by up to 15% by 2020 and improving water conservation
by customers. BSP is among 20 Los Angeles-based organizations to receive an LADWP community
partnership grant. The partnership between LADWP and BSP represents a cross-sector commitment to
engage Los Angeles residents, specifically immigrant communities, to take an active role in reducing their
carbon footprint at home while advancing the department’s city wide sustainability goals.

“Through the Green Janitor Education Program (GJEP), janitors are given a seat at the sustainability table
by taking an active role in reducing the energy consumption of a building,” said Aida Cardenas,
Executive Director of BSP. “The Community Partnership Grant gives us the opportunity to not only build
on what we have accomplished in the field of sustainable building practices, but improve the lives of
janitors by making them agents of change in their households.”

This grant will help BSP scale the existing GJEP to include both the workplace and the homes of janitors.
These janitors have demonstrated an increased interest and motivation to be advocates for sustainability
by modifying their behavior. Small changes in their daily lives such as turning off the lights and water
faucets can improve conservation goals and reduce their utility bills. The grant will support a series of
workshops that will help janitors develop expertise on sustainability topics while contributing to their
local economic development.

The LADWP joins a unique cohort of organizations and cross-sector partnerships, including the U.S
Green Building Council, SEIU-USWW, Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los
Angeles, janitorial employers, and responsible businesses, who are committed to creating sustainable
workplaces and communities. Under the Green Janitor Education Program, janitors participate in a 30
hour certification training program in practices including energy efficiency, recycling, waste
management, and water conservation. For more on the GJEP, visit the page on BSP’s website:
http://www.buildingskills.org/programs/greenjanitor or email greenjanitors@usgbc-la.org . For a list of
partnering janitorial companies, see this link:
http://www.buildingskills.org/our-partners-and-funders/employers/ .

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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 )