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Top 3 Fastest Growing Careers in Green Construction

February 19th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

As we’ve said in previous blogs, the American construction industry is undergoing a green transformation, promoting a healthy planet and a booming economy. Let’s take a look at some of the highest-demand construction jobs that focus on green energy.

#1: Water Quality Technicians

The lack of clean water supplies for cities, such as Flint, MI, is a hot topic across the country. Because of this, cities & construction companies are looking for water quality technicians who can ensure resource stability for new developments.

With an Associates Degree, water quality technicians are very knowledgeable and receive an average of $60,000 per year for their services. If you have a passion for construction as well as environmental sustainability, this might be the perfect job for you.

#2: Solar Panel Technicians

Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable and are straight-forward to install as well. This means that companies who want to do their part to save the planet should include them in their construction plans.

Solar panels have been installed at over 7,000 sites across the country, and construction companies need more solar panel technicians if they want to keep up with the demand. Wages differ from state to state, but the average solar panel technician in California takes home a staggering $84,000 per year. Do you have what it takes to become one?

#3: Green Designers and Architects

Companies aren’t just looking for skilled technicians to work at the job site, they’re also looking for green architects and designers to plan and execute these environmental systems. Of all green construction jobs, green designers and architects are probably the most in demand, as sustainable building designs make up the majority of construction projects today.

Designers and architects are paid accordingly, with the average individual making over $70,000 a year. This is a highly technical field, however, and companies expect a bachelors degree or more from potential designer candidates.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

Water, Water Everywhere!

January 29th, 2016 Posted by Enviroment, Green Construction No Comment yet

Mankind has known that sea water is undrinkable due to its excessive salinity, but that hasn’t stopped us from trying to find ways to desalt the sea.

Since ancient times, distillation has been utilized to remove salt from the water, making it drinkable. Today, the process of removing salt and other unwanted molecules from seawater is better known as desalination and it typically relies on more advanced and energy efficient methods than distillation alone. Called reverse osmosis, it involves the use of synthetic, semi-permeable membranes in which the pores are only large enough for water molecules to pass through. The water is pressed, under very high pressures, through the membrane, leaving fresh water on one side & a salty brine on the other… Nothing else, including salt molecules, microorganisms, or pollutants pass through! Reverse osmosis is one of the most commercially viable options to bring fresh water to areas of the world that would normally be without.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

Creed LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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Help Your Next Building Project Take the LEED On Green Building Design!

December 21st, 2015 Posted by Green Construction No Comment yet

Environmental awareness has come to the forefront of the world’s conscious in recent years. An innumerable number of products, services, and initiatives have flooded us with environmentally-friendly options that didn’t exist a decade ago. One area that has seen immense growth is green building or green construction. Referring to the utilization of environmentally responsible building materials and techniques during the design, construction, and use of a facility, a recent report by online trade publication Environmental Leader shows that the field is expected to experience a 13% growth right through 2020.

LEED Is A Green Building Certification

Within the realm of green building, there exists LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. A component of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices as it seeks to change the public’s opinion about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated around the world. This philosophy includes the following environmental and economic benefits as LEED-certified buildings can:

 

  • Save money and resources
  • Promote renewable, clean energy
  • Have a positive impact on the health of its occupants
  • Cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%

LEED Is A Green Building Certification

In addition to the reasons stated above, businesses and organizations that earn LEED certification for their building-projects seek to attain such status because it frees up valuable resources which can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations, and invest in emerging technologies. This is of particular interest to us at the Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA). We proudly support environmentally-responsible projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well. Creed LA fights to ensure developers pay fair wages to the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry, while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact Jeff Modrzejewski at (877) 810-7473.

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Help Counteract the Effects of Urban Heat Islands

December 3rd, 2015 Posted by City Planners in Los Angeles, Green Construction, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

What Are Urban Heat Islands

Urban heat islands (UHI) are a consequence of our modern, developed societies. The term describes the phenomena whereby built-up urban areas are 2–5°F hotter than nearby rural areas. This results from the construction of buildings, roads, and other forms of infrastructure on areas where trees and other vegetation once stood. The types (non-porous) and colors (dark) of popular construction materials contribute to this issue because they absorb and retain more heat, and for longer periods of time, than natural materials. Therefore, urban heat islands adversely affect local communities and the environment in a number of ways, including:

  • Increased summertime peak electrical energy demand
  • Increased amounts of air pollution
  • Increased greenhouse gas emissions
  • Greater occurrence of heat-related illnesses and mortality
  • Decreased water quality
  • Altered local weather patterns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized this growing problem a number of years ago and has a webpage dedicated solely to UHI. The intent is to educate and empower the public about what can be done to mitigate this entirely anthropogenic issue. In particular, they outline five strategies, listed below, that could be enacted to reduce heat gain due to urbanization:

  • Planting trees and other vegetative cover
  • Installing green roofs
  • Installing cool roofs
  • Utilizing cool pavements for roadways
  • Smart growth and development programs

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Local community organizations spearhead many of the grassroots efforts to replant trees and other forms of vegetation to UHI-affected cities. However, larger projects, such as the engineering and construction of a green roof on top of an existing structure, must be undertaken by properly trained & highly skilled construction professionals.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to the hard working men & women throughout the construction trades while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. As a result, CREED LA proudly supports environmentally-responsible projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better world for us all, contact Jeff Modrzejewski at (877) 810-7473.

 

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Los Angeles Green Construction Projects

November 19th, 2015 Posted by Green Construction, Los Angeles Construction Projects, Los Angeles Suburbs No Comment yet

Suburbia is Dead – Long Live Suburbia!

Suburbia. Its origins date back to the Victorian era of the 19th Century, a time in which some towns outside of London’s city limits began to blend into its borders. This was a new concept in human civilization because other large cities in Europe at the time, notably Paris, still had farmland or wilderness surrounding it before the next town began. In the United States, suburbs began on the east coast and spread westward as the nation grew over time. However, most Americans consider the post-war growth of the 1950’s and beyond to signify the true developmental period of the modern suburb.

In recent years, our view of the suburbs began to evolve as the environmental movement gained supporters outside the scientific community. Today, a majority of everyday citizens understand terms like sustainability and carbon footprint. These individuals know that “energy efficient” and “eco-conscious” are no longer marketing buzzwords; instead, they represent an expectation for how buildings are supposed to be designed and built. Additionally, they are eager to support construction projects in Los Angeles that feature and promote green building techniques and equipment.

Even as the Los Angeles suburbs forge new paths thanks to this age of environmental enlightenment, it’s important to remember that highly-skilled, highly-trained construction workers are needed to safely and competently build these projects.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to the hard working men and women throughout the construction trades while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. As a result, CREED LA proudly supports green construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only positively impact the local community, but support LA’s working families in the process. To learn more about how our non-profit organization fights for fairness, contact Jeff Modrzejewski at (877) 810-7473.

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