The Building It Green project aims to collect and analyze the global industry’s best practices that will improve skilled trades workers’ education and understanding of their role in constructing and maintaining net-zero projects, and to help Canada meet its climate goals.
Inspired by best practices in green building from around the world and in consultation with subject matter experts across the country, we are building a path for tradespeople to take advantage of the opportunities the green economy has to offer.
Project funded by
This project is funded by The Government of Canada's Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP).
Project Phases + Outputs
Expanded use of climate literacy and green energy programming in Red Seal apprenticeship and on-the-job journeyperson training to develop a qualified pool of skilled climate-literate construction tradespersons to construct and maintain net-zero construction projects.
Environmental Scan + Literature Review
- Comprehensive review of international and national programs in climate literacy
- Interviewed subject matter experts in Canada, USA and Europe
- Facilitated discussions with advisory committees across all skilled trades
- Interviews with ‘supergreens’ – organizations who serve as exemplars in climate literacy training
- Focus groups and interviews with skilled trades across Canada
- Development of the curriculum framework
- Climate literacy learning modules for apprentices and journeypersons
- Climate literacy awareness training for jobsite orientation
- Train-the-trainer workshops
Training + Evaluation
- Pilot testing, implementation and evaluation
- Program roll out and refinement with building trades and their affiliated contractors across Canada