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A TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative initiative supported by the Ontario Power Authority and the Toronto District School Board. About TREC and TREC Education. Renewable Energy Co-operatives: SolarShare LakeWind Renewable Energy Education: Kids World of Energy Green Collar Careers.

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A TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative initiative supported by the Ontario Power Authority and the Toronto District School Board
about trec and trec education
About TREC and TREC Education

Renewable Energy Co-operatives:

  • SolarShare
  • LakeWind

Renewable Energy Education:

  • Kids World of Energy
  • Green Collar Careers

About the

Green Collar Careers program

  • An educational initiative that brings students and industry together through engaging and relevant secondary-school co-op placementsfocused on the green energy sector
  • Placed over 55 students to date and reached over 6000 youth spreading the message of green jobs and Ontario’s new green economy

Green Collar Awareness

Student Survey

Most people begin to select their career field in high school

Most students are unaware of the Green Collar sector

why a green collar career
why a green collar career?

Engineering and ArchitectureA key concern among the engineering and architecture sectors is the shortage of specialized personnel needed to carry out condition assessments, perform energy modeling and deliver on retrofit projects.

Source: Kesik, Ted. Tower Renewal Workforce Challenges and Opportunities: Mayor’s Tower Renewal, 2010.

Solar Industry

A 2009 poll of Canada’s solar industry found that companies anticipate a growth of 101% in the number of full-time equivalents to be employed by the end of 2011

Source: Electricity Sector Council: Labour Force Survey of the Canadian Solar Industry, 2009.

Skilled Trades

Nearly 50,000 workers in the Ontario construction industry are set to retire in the next several years

Source: Campbell, Murray. Skilled Workers a Retiring Species: Globe and Mail, 2008.


why a green collar career?Ontario’s economic climate





Green energy technologies

Health infomatics


Up and Coming Industry sectors:


The Green Energy and Green Economy Actwas passed in 2009 and hopes to make Ontario the North American leader in clean, green energy


Green energy & economy act

Feed in Tariff (FIT) program

Gives Renewable Energy generators a 20-year contract to sell the electricity they produce to the grid.


Green energy & economy act

  • Domestic Content regulation – all renewable energy projects receiving a FIT contract must have a certain percentage of materials and labour “made in Ontario”
the triple bottom line social environmental and economic benefit

Cost of electricity in the province will increase slightly to a maximum of about 1% of a typical household's bill, then decline steadily as the initial contracts work their way through the system.

the triple bottom linesocial, environmental and economic benefit

Solar PV Creates 12 Times More Jobs Than Nuclear--15 Times More Than Coal


Green energy & economy act

  • Has generated an estimated $9 billion in investments in areas such as design, manufacturing, construction and engineering in its first year
  • Expected to bring in 50,000 new green jobs to Ontario over the next 3 years

what is a green collar career?

Environmental Impact Assessor

HVAC Technician

Wind Turbine Technician

Green Roof Installer

Environmental Communications Officer

Energy Auditor

Solar Panel Installer

Green Business Advisor

Geothermal Engineer

Software Engineer

Environmental NGO Program Manager

Energy Manager

Environmental Educator

LEED Consultant

Sustainable Architect

Electrical Engineer

Conservation Biologist


what is a green collar career?

Cross-Over Careers

Specialized Environmental Careers

Green Collar Careers

Careers Common to Every Industry


up and coming green collar careers

Energy Management and Conservation

Wind Turbine Technician

Sustainable Architect

LEED Consultant

Energy Manager

Renewable Energy

Energy Auditor

Environmental Educator

Civil Engineer

Geothermal Engineer

Software Engineer

Environmental Communications Officer

Green Business Advisor

Electrical Engineer

Skilled Trades


Environmental Impact Assessor

HVAC Technician




Solar Panel Installer

Green Roof Installer


where do you go from here?

College and University-Stream Students


Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Software

Architecture – integrated design, sustainable design, green building principles (LEED)

Environmental Science – environmental site assessments, remediation, research

Environmental Studies – communications, education, public outreach


Energy Systems Technology – energy management, efficiency, renewable energyGreen Building Design – energy retrofits, green roofs, sustainable materials

High School Prerequisites:

Grade 12 English and Math

Recommended: physics and any technology subjects (construction, manufacturing design, transportation)


where do you go from here?


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  Electrician apprenticeship  HVAC certification (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario  Carpentry apprenticeship

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)


CANSIA  Solar Hot Water System Installation certificate

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  Green Roof Professional

LEED Certification  Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design


where to direct students

Green industry examples in Toronto and GTA

  • TREC Education Offerings – Renewable energy tours, hands-on solar workshops, green careers presentations
  • Enermodel Educational Kiosks – green building features
  • St. Gabriel’s Church (Scarborough)
  • Cambridge City Hall (Cambridge)Ontario Trillium Health Centre Clinical Administrative Building (Mississauga)
  • Kortright Centre (Vaughan) – seminars on green energy technology and hands-on workshops

green collar careers program

past co-op placements

  • McKinnon Heating Cooling – observing and assisting with home HVAC installations and repairs
  • RESCo Energy – solar design and development (working with AutoCAD, RETScreen, Google SketchUp)
  • Exhibition Place – renewable
  • energy data monitoring and
  • management
  • HR Carbon – environmental consulting, track carbon emissions, research and presentations
  • Toronto Solar and Wind Power – renewable energy sales and marketing
  • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association– event planning and database management
  • The Stop, Wychwood Barns – greenhouse management, composting and plant care
  • Blackstone Solar – PV Design Assistant
A TREC Renewable Energy Cooperative initiative

supported by the Ontario Power Authority and the Toronto District School Board