Building It Green

Project Background

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).

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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


Needs Analysis

  • 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


Curriculum Development

  • 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

Project Partners

Subject Matter Expertise

To provide input or to become part of the subject matter team please contact us.

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Learn More

To learn more about the project, visit CBTU’s Building It Green project page.

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