South Stockton Site: A day in the life of a LIFT

By Puneet, LIFT (Leader-In-Field-Training)

When I first became introduced to the Leader-In-Field-Training (LIFT) program with Rising Sun, I thought it would be a relaxing job, and much easier than being an Energy Specialist (ES). I was wrong. In my opinion, we LIFTs are the most important parts of our teams. This summer, I’ve overseen the inventory, replaced several Energy Specialists, planned for the final BBQ, and solicited donations. Though my experience as an ES was important, I prefer being a LIFT because of my new challenges and experiences.

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As an Energy Specialist, my job was pretty straight-forward; provide quality green house calls and support my partner. As a LIFT, I’ve had to help support the Energy Specialists and our managers, and I’ve learned so much. I would recommend the LIFT program to any ES, because we get to work more directly with Rising Sun staff, and have a great impact on the program. I’m glad I became a LIFT and have learned so much. I look forward to returning to Rising Sun Energy Center next summer.

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Green Energy Training Services Announces 7th Pre-Apprenticeship Cohort to begin this Fall

For Immediate Release 

Berkeley, California – August 10, 2015 – Rising Sun Energy Center’s Green Energy Training Services (GETS) will begin its 7th cohort this fall, beginning on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. GETS is a pre-apprenticeship job training program for adults who are interested in starting a career in Construction, Energy Efficiency, or Solar. Participants begin with a 9-week training intensive at the Rising Sun Berkeley office. After completing training, GETS participants benefit from ongoing case management and job placement assistance, as well as alumni events and resources.

Green Energy Training Services has offered a variety of training classes since 2009, after Rising Sun recognized the need to create pathways for interested low-income adults to enter the green economy. Since then, GETS’ impact on its more than 500 training participants has been unmatched. Over 75% of pre-apprenticeship participants have found employment, typically attaining roles as Weatherization Specialists, entry level Solar Installers, Construction tradesmen and women, and Apprentices with Building Trades unions.

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GETS’ Director of Programs, Elena Foshay, is excited to begin another dynamic cohort.  “As a workforce development program, GETS provides high-quality training for in-demand careers in a supportive environment.  GETS goes beyond just 9 weeks of training, with the goal of helping participants achieve long-term economic sustainability.”

GETS is currently hosting mandatory information sessions for adults interested in participating in the program. All participants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, be fluent in English and be eligible to work in the United States.  A valid California driver’s license is strongly preferred. The next information sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1pm at Rising Sun Energy Center, 2998 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California. Interested applicants should contact Melvin Parham, the GETS Case Manager.


Melvin Parham

Case Manger

Rising Sun Energy Center

510-665-1501 ext. 202

About Rising Sun Energy Center
Since 1994, Rising Sun Energy Center (Rising Sun) is a Berkeley-based non-profit with a mission to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. With a focus on under-served populations, Rising Sun provides youth and low-income adults with meaningful training and employment opportunities in the growing energy efficiency sector, while delivering no-cost energy upgrades to thousands of households each year.


Novato Site: Sharing Knowledge with our Community

By Seliena, LIFT (Leader-In-Field-Training)

Growing up in California has provided me with an extensive arsenal of energy and water savings knowledge. For example, before joining Rising Sun, I knew the importance of taking shorter showers, and not running water when unnecessary. When I’m combing conditioner through my tangled locks, I’ll switch off the water, and I’ll turn it back on when I’m done. Something new I learned at Rising Sun is that phantom energy can account for up to 10% of your energy bills! Crazy! I now use my power strip to prevent that, by having all of my electronics plugged into it and switching it off when I leave the house.

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Our Novato Energy Specialists are always sharing this new knowledge in the community. I, as well, do my best to share my savings ideas with those around me. I am lucky to have people surrounding me who share my interest in water and energy conservation. However, I still encounter people who are apathetic about the environment and feel that they have no stake in the issue. This apathy is frustrating and sad. It can feel overwhelming, and like no one individual can make a difference in the face of this global issue. Still, we underestimate our individual power of collective impact. We can only do so much, but it adds up. Just like every water measure and energy measure we’ve installed this summer, the effect is cumulative, and the end result can be surprising. I have hope, because a sustainable future is within our reach!

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