We’re glad you asked! We operate two highly impactful programs fighting climate change and working to provide economic opportunity to those who are most in need in our communities.
The California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program employs and empowers local youth to provide no-cost Green House Calls to local residents in 20 communities throughout the region. At each Green House Call, a team of two youth provides residents with an energy and water assessment, energy and water saving installations (lightbulbs, showerheads, etc.), and further conservation tips, all at no cost! The resident gets a valuable service, the environment benefits, and the youth get paid employment, training, mentorship, and a wonderful summer experience.
Our Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program serves low-income adults who are un- or under-employed, providing them with hands-on training for careers in the construction, energy efficiency, and solar industries. The program spans 12 months, beginning with the 9-week Core training class, and including case management and job placement and retention support. GETS is a certified pre-apprenticeship program, providing interested participants with a path to union apprenticeship in the skilled trades. All participants receive eco-literacy training and all construction components are taught with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
In addition to these important programs, Rising Sun engages in broad-based partnerships to advocate for green workforce development and environmental justice throughout the region and the state.