April 2021

This month, we're pleased to share our Green Buildings Career Map—a new, interactive tool that explores 55 diverse careers in the green buildings and energy efficiency industry! Mark your calendars for a webinar hosted by the creators, who will delve into the map and how to use it for different goals.

We have also released our 2020 Annual Report, a comprehensive dive into IREC's biggest highlights and impacts from last year.

Additionally, two meetings this week provide opportunities to get involved in clean energy solutions: the Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) meeting today, and the Customer Grid Edge (CGE) committee meeting tomorrow.

Lastly, join us in welcoming our Workforce Development program's new Assistant Director of Training and Development! Stay tuned as we announce more new hires soon.

New Green Buildings Career Map Showcases Energy Efficiency Career Options

IREC's new Green Buildings Career Map is an interactive tool that explores careers in green buildings and energy efficiency: an industry exploding with job opportunities! The map covers 55 careers across four major sectors of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, charting over 300 possible progression routes between them, and identifying credentials necessary to do them well. The map can be used by educators, career-advisors, jobseekers, employers, policymakers, and workforce professionals. Read more on our blog, or register for an educational webinar on May 11 at 2 p.m. ET.

IREC’s Annual Report Covers
 2020’s Biggest Highlights

IREC’s 2020 Annual Report covers our biggest highlights from last year, including key wins from our Regulatory, Workforce, and Local Initiative teams, metrics that quantify our impact, details about our pending merger with The Solar Foundation, and more.

“2020 was a year of many challenges, from the loss of life, jobs, and normalcy as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic to the exposure of major disruptions to the electric grid,” said Larry Sherwood, IREC President and CEO. “Yet, as I look back on IREC’s work in 2020, and forward to what lies ahead, I’m heartened by the impact we have had and energized by the opportunities in front of us.”

Join Us For the Second IREC-Hosted
Customer Grid Edge (CGE) Committee Meeting

Customer Grid Edge (CGE) committee is a committee of experts that seeks to improve interoperability between energy service providers and customer-sited equipment including renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids. ​​​The next IREC-hosted CGE meeting is this Friday, April 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET. 

To receive an invitation, interested individuals can email irecusa@info.org, or join the Zoom meeting with the link below at the scheduled time.


The Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) is a national forum developing solutions to code and permitting challenges facing solar, energy storage, and other renewables. The next SEAC meeting will be held today from 12:30-2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET. If you have not received a calendar invite and would like one, simply reply to this email. 

​​​​​​IREC is the administrator of SEAC under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Amy Saurer Joins IREC's
Workforce Development Team

We’re excited to announce our newest employee: Amy Saurer! Amy joins IREC’s Workforce Development team as Assistant Director of Training and Development. She will design and develop learning content that increases the effectiveness of a range of professionals in their work with clean energy technologies. She will also collaborate with subject matter experts and stakeholders to identify training gaps and produce content that removes barriers to the deployment of clean energy across the country.

Reminder: IREC and The Solar
Foundation to Merge This Summer

This summer, The Solar Foundation and IREC are excited to be merging into a single, expanded nonprofit dedicated to the rapid adoption of clean energy! This upcoming merger will roughly double IREC's staff and quadruple our impact. If you haven't yet, take a look at our Q&A page—which includes more details on how the merger will be structured.

March 30, 2021 | Green Buildings Career Map Launches, Showcasing Diverse Energy Efficiency Career Options | St. Louis Construction News & Review

March 31, 2021 | Green Buildings Career Map Highlights Energy Efficiency Jobs | Facility Executive

April 6, 2021 | The New Resource Growing the Pipeline of Qualified Workers for Energy Efficient Buildings | BPA Connections

April 6, 2021 | California’s Volt-Watt consumer protection — what installers need to know | Solar Builder

April 8, 2021 | Online map showcases construction-related careers in booming green sector | Utility Dive

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