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3 Important Items: Free Green Career Program; Candidates Forum; Free Home Repairs

Good morning –

Here are several items that you may find of interest:
• Free program at Cañada College trains you for career in energy efficiency home retrofitting starts October 10
• City Council Candidates Forum presented by the League of Women Voters on October 12
• Applications for free home improvement work by Rebuilding Together due October 15

Please read the info below, and do feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel may benefit!


~ Malcolm


Free Four-Week Program Can Train You for Home Energy Retrofitting Occupations
Learn basic green building principles and create a sustainable plan to design or remodel an energy-efficient home.

The green economy is here and a new, free, four-week program from Cañada College and the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board can prepare you for careers in retrofitting homes to make them more energy efficient and sustainable.

The Home Energy Retrofit Occupations (HERO) Program will help students learn and apply basic green building principles; create a sustainable/green plan to design or remodel energy-efficient homes; and design interior spaces using measures from LEED and GreenPoint Rated checklists for commercial and residential projects. Classes begin Oct. 10 and run through Nov. 4. They’ll be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cañada College Menlo Park Center, 1200 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park.

The course, titled “Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Remodeling & Marketing” will introduce students to green sustainable concepts, basic interior sketching, and energy-efficient homes with a focus on planning and design of energy-efficient, high-quality and healthy homes. Students will learn marketing strategies for homebuyers, owners, and remodelers. They will also learn the CALGreen Standard Code and LEED-H rating system for homes.

Students will learn the basics of green remodeling design for residential and commercial interiors using the GreenPoint Rated checklist developed by the Build it Green Organization, and LEED for Interior Design and Construction checklist developed by the United States Green Building Council.

Participants must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, the right to work in the US, California residency for at least one year, and they must complete a Math and English assessment test.

To enroll, contact Gina Ciardella at For more information or questions, call Julie Mooney at (650) 325-6936 or email

The Home Energy Retrofit Occupations Program is funded by a $2.5 million Community Based Job Training Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and hosted by the San Mateo County Human Services Agency.

Candidates Forum – City Council of Redwood City
Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30pm
City Hall – City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

The forums are open to the public and questions will be taken from the audience.

We believe that our candidate forums for city councils, school districts, and special offices provide the community with an essential tool for making effective choices in local leaders.

Please join us and bring a friend!


Free Home and Nonprofit Facility Repairs: Applications due October 15th!

Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides FREE renovations to nonprofit centers and the homes of those in need – including seniors, people with disabilities and families with children.  Volunteer teams complete repairs primarily on National Rebuilding Day, April 28th, 2012.  Repairs may include: landscaping, interior and exterior painting, debris removal, plumbing and electrical work, home modifications, energy efficiency measures, flooring repair, heating repair, and roof repair or replacement.

Applications for free repair services are due by October 15th.  Applicants must own their own home and meet income requirements.  To request an application or find out more, call us at (650) 366-6597 or download an application by visiting

Providing warmth, safety and independence to our neighbors in need is our priority.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula
841 Kaynyne Street | Redwood City | CA | 94063
(W): 650.366.6597 x226  | (F): 650.366.9053


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