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1 A TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative initiative supported by the Ontario Power Authority and the Toronto District School Board

2 About TREC and TREC Education Renewable Energy Co-operatives:  SolarShare  LakeWind Renewable Energy Education:  Kids World of Energy  Green Collar Careers

3  An educational initiative that brings students and industry together through engaging and relevant secondary-school co-op placements focused on the green energy sector  Placed over 55 students to date and reached over 6000 youth spreading the message of green jobs and Ontario’s new green economy About the Green Collar Careers program

4 Most people begin to select their career field in high school Most students are unaware of the Green Collar sector Green Collar Awareness Student Survey

5 why a green collar career? Engineering and Architecture A key concern among the engineering and architecture sectors is the shortage of specialized personnel needed to carry out condition assessments, perform energy modeling and deliver on retrofit projects. Source: Kesik, Ted. Tower Renewal Workforce Challenges and Opportunities: Mayor’s Tower Renewal, Skilled Trades Nearly 50,000 workers in the Ontario construction industry are set to retire in the next several years Source: Campbell, Murray. Skilled Workers a Retiring Species: Globe and Mail, Solar Industry A 2009 poll of Canada’s solar industry found that companies anticipate a growth of 101% in the number of full-time equivalents to be employed by the end of 2011 Source: Electricity Sector Council: Labour Force Survey of the Canadian Solar Industry, 2009.

6 Up and Coming Industry sectors: Aerospace Biotechnology Distance-learning Environment Green energy technologies Health infomatics Multimedia why a green collar career? Ontario’s economic climate

7 The Green Energy and Green Economy Act was passed in 2009 and hopes to make Ontario the North American leader in clean, green energy

8 Feed in Tariff (FIT) program Gives Renewable Energy generators a 20-year contract to sell the electricity they produce to the grid. Green energy & economy act

9  Domestic Content regulation – all renewable energy projects receiving a FIT contract must have a certain percentage of materials and labour “made in Ontario” Green energy & economy act Renewable Energy SourceDomestic Content Regulation Wind50% domestic content Micro solar PV (10 kW or smaller)60% domestic content Larger solar PV60% domestic content

10 the triple bottom line social, environmental and economic benefit Solar PV Creates 12 Times More Jobs Than Nuclear--15 Times More Than Coal Cost of electricity in the province will increase slightly to a maximum of about 1% of a typical household's bill, then decline steadily as the initial contracts work their way through the system.

11  Has generated an estimated $9 billion in investments in areas such as design, manufacturing, construction and engineering in its first year  Expected to bring in 50,000 new green jobs to Ontario over the next 3 years Green energy & economy act

12 Wind Turbine Technician Solar Panel Installer HVAC Technician Geothermal Engineer Environmental Communications Officer Environmental Educator Energy Auditor Sustainable Architect Green Business Advisor Green Roof Installer Software Engineer Energy Manager Environmental NGO Program Manager what is a green collar career? Environmental Impact Assessor Electrical Engineer LEED Consultant Conservation Biologist

13 Specialized Environmental Careers Cross-Over Careers Careers Common to Every Industry Green Collar Careers what is a green collar career?

14 Wind Turbine Technician Solar Panel Installer Geothermal Engineer Energy Auditor Sustainable Architect Green Business Advisor Green Roof Installer Software Engineer Energy Manager up and coming green collar careers Environmental Impact Assessor Electrical Engineer LEED Consultant Energy Management and Conservation Renewable Energy Skilled Trades Electrician HVAC Technician Civil Engineer Manufacturing Roofing Plumbers Environmental Educator Environmental Communications Officer

15 where do you go from here? College and University-Stream Students University Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Software Architecture – integrated design, sustainable design, green building principles (LEED) Environmental Science – environmental site assessments, remediation, research Environmental Studies – communications, education, public outreach College Energy Systems Technology – energy management, efficiency, renewable energy Green Building Design – energy retrofits, green roofs, sustainable materials High School Prerequisites: Grade 12 English and Math Recommended: physics and any technology subjects (construction, manufacturing design, transportation)

16 Apprenticeships International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  Electrician apprenticeship HRAI.ca  HVAC certification (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario  Carpentry apprenticeship Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Certifications: CANSIA  Solar Hot Water System Installation certificate Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  Green Roof Professional LEED Certification  Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design where do you go from here?

17 where to direct students  TREC Education Offerings – Renewable energy tours, hands-on solar workshops, green careers presentations  Enermodel Educational Kiosks – green building features St. Gabriel’s Church (Scarborough) Cambridge City Hall (Cambridge) Ontario Trillium Health Centre Clinical Administrative Building (Mississauga)  Kortright Centre (Vaughan) – seminars on green energy technology and hands-on workshops Green industry examples in Toronto and GTA

18 green collar careers program past co-op placements  McKinnon Heating Cooling – observing and assisting with home HVAC installations and repairs  RESCo Energy – solar design and development (working with AutoCAD, RETScreen, Google SketchUp)  Exhibition Place – renewable energy data monitoring and management  HR Carbon – environmental consulting, track carbon emissions, research and presentations  Toronto Solar and Wind Power – renewable energy sales and marketing  Ontario Sustainable Energy Association – event planning and database management  The Stop, Wychwood Barns – greenhouse management, composting and plant care  Blackstone Solar – PV Design Assistant

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