Good Green Jobs
MACG has advocated for workforce standards and to creatively bring community, contractors and labor together to create jobs while saving energy and our environment.
Advocating for Workforce Standards. MACG leaders participated in overseeing and advocating for new workforce agreements that ensure family wage and benefit standards, plus participation of disadvantaged populations in training and job opportunities in publicly-sponsored sustainability projects.
Retrofitting a Neighborhood. In 2010, MACG formed an outstanding team of contractors, labor unions and community-based organizations to successfully propose and implement a program to bring energy efficiency improvements to the NE Portland Cully neighborhood. Due to MACG’s community-based outreach efforts, 222 homeowners signed up for the program (one in nine eligible in the neighborhood). Seventy-five homeowners completed the improvements, saving 202 metric tons of carbon. In addition, 12 new union jobs with benefits were created.
- Joining Contractors, Community, and Labor. Contractors, community and labor partners that MACG recruited for its successful 2010 community-based outreach project decided to continue to work together and form the High Road Contractors and Community Alliance. Working together, Alliance members generated over 160 applications for energy efficiency projects in Clean Energy Works Oregon, at one time the fourth highest application rate in the program. Connections were further built as contractors participated in MACG leadership training and MACG leaders orchestrated facilitated sessions with workers, labor, and contractors. In addition, all Alliance member contractors entered into a project labor agreement with the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA).