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Program Overview


As one of the fastest-growing career fields in the nation, energy efficiency offers a variety of opportunities for individuals launching their careers. California boasts nearly 14 percent of the nation’s energy efficiency jobs, with nearly 325,000 individuals employed in the field during 2019, and additional jobs added every year.

Laws and building codes promoting energy efficiency throughout California means this industry will only keep growing, with an increasing need for skilled workers to fill positions. Jobs in the energy efficiency industry include new construction, energy retrofits to existing buildings and homes, HVAC and lighting installations, and more.

Green Path Careers offers a unique opportunity for young adults who are transitioning from the state foster care system to independent living to access training, education, industry certifications, and work experience in the energy efficiency industry.

Program Benefits

  • Guidance and support during enrollment and throughout participation.
  • Personal Enrichment Training to help participants gain valuable life skills, including goal setting and managing personal finances.
  • Technical training and education to prepare students to complete certification with the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a respected organization that sets the standard for professionals in the energy efficiency industry.
  • Paid Work Experience with local companies working in energy efficiency.

Upon completion of the program, the Green Path Careers team will help participants develop a professional resume, prepare for interviews, and provide other support as needed during the job application process.

Participation Eligibility Requirements

  • Former foster youth between the ages of 18–24 or part of an independent living program.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Commit to completing the program.

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Enrollment Process

  • Complete a Program Interest Form
  • Attend a Green Path Careers Informational Session
  • Participate in an Orientation Meeting
  • Complete WDACS Enrollment Process


Green Path Careers is offered through the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), led by the Los Angeles County Office of Energy and Environment and in partnership with a group of local government and community organizations dedicated to building and supporting the next generation of Southern California’s energy efficiency workforce.

Energy Efficiency Industry Reference Data: 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, National Association of State Energy Officials.