The Concept

February 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Both USGBC and CRCI recognize that green building and sustainability is a solution for many of the challenges of our community from ecological footprint reduction to the creation of new jobs.  CRCI is tasked to find job opportunities for the Green Training graduates, yet is challenged that so many consumers misunderstand the value of green building and renewable energies.  USGBC is tasked to support a sustainable community and the benefits of green building, yet find there are not enough trained individuals to support these emerging technologies.

By partnering on the Sustainable Resource Center, both USGBC and CRCI can achieve their synergistic missions.

The Center will provide a space for contractors to engage trained job-seekers.  It will provide opportunities for continuing education for technicians as well as professionals.  And, it will be the base of operations for the Contractor’s Consortium, a workforce development program created by CRCI in collaboration with regional licensed solar contractors and home performance auditors, where CRCI graduates utilize their skills to uncover project leads which are then funneled to participating contractors.  As the contractors are awarded projects, they them employ graduates as installers under the contractor’s guidance and leadership.

Ultimately, the Center will be a hub of sustainable activity in downtown Jacksonville.  Training programs will drive attendees to the downtown area, expanding the downtown visitor base beyond the characteristic traffic.  Evening events at the Center will drive people in outlying neighborhoods like Mandarin, the Beaches, the Northside, and Orange Park to visit downtown restaurants and discover entertainment venues.

Independent architects and designers will utilize the library and workspace at the Center as a convenient place to meet with clients, allowing them to co-work and share space.  The Center’s library will house specification books, resources for green building, and computer kiosks to allow research and program development.

We plan to leverage our ability to reach, educate, and motivate far beyond the bricks and mortar of the actual Center.  As local, grassroots non-profits, our roadmap for change includes education that informs and inspires, connecting people to good choices of products and services, and then recognizing and sharing success stories to make sustainability accessible and ultimately the norm.

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