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Training Illinois Carpenters for the Clean Energy Economy

Nick Magrisso

Posted January 18, 2012

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This is the second in a series of video blogs I’m doing to explore how energy efficiency is creating jobs all over Illinois.

The carpenter-training center in Elk Grove Village is making Illinois a better place in three ways.  First, the center gives workers the skills they need to secure meaningful employment making our buildings more efficient, more comfortable, less expensive to operate.  Second, the money Illinois residents and businesses will save on energy will make our economy stronger.  And third, when we waste less energy, we emit less harmful pollution into our air, land and water, making the state a healthier place to live.

The center is operated by Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.  During a recent visit, I learned that since 2009 they have been training their members to enter and reenter the workforce through obtaining certification in a variety of energy performance practices.  The carpenter training classes have been running at capacity ever since, and their members are gaining highly sought after credentials, known as, Building Performance Institute Certification (BPI), and graduating as Certified Energy Analysts.

We spoke with Director Vince Sticca, Instructor Craig Triplett, and some of the many students who were there to improve their skills.  You can see and hear for yourself in this video how investing in energy efficiency is creating job opportunities doing work that will help build better Illinois communities.  

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Don ScottJan 19 2012 10:22 AM

Thanks for providing this video snapshot of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' green training program, Nick. The Carpenters in short order have trained and earned industry certification in those areas of energy efficiency and sustainability, green construction and sealing the building envelope in a way that meets energy needs for today and the future. The Carpenters and its certified energy analysts (CEAs) are very excited to be a leader in these areas. To learn more visit "Building a Sustainable Future" at . The Carpenters are also building a green home; interested readers can learn more at

randy tolowskiFeb 9 2012 05:09 AM

wake up these certs do not translate into jobs local181

anonymousMar 4 2012 11:32 AM

Who is auditing the way union jobs are assigned to union members. Some union members are employed nearly year round, because of their connections with higher union officials. Other union members have to wait almost six months or more before they are assigned to a job. Someone should be regulating this process and generating useful reports to determine the true facts of who is getting the union jobs and what factors are being used to distributed the jobs. Hopefully, this is not being based on the person's age or years before the ability to receive a pension. Needless to say, this is a screwed up system that needs to be overhauled. Furthermore, you talk about how training is making union members more employable, but it really seems to be based on who you know and not on how much you know! Fix the system, so all union members can share in the wealth of jobs and be gainfully employed again!

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