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VMI Architecture & Karen Quinto

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Workforce Challenge

VMI Architecture learned of the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program (CEWTP) Project GREEN retraining program in Marin through the collaborative efforts of Marin BERST (Building Energy Retrofit and Solar Transformation). The firm had gone through layoffs and reduction of hours for the remaining staff who found themselves underemployed as a result of the decline in the construction industry.

Workforce Solution

Karen Quinto, an underemployed Production Associate at VMI Architecture, took advantage of the opportunity to advance her credentials through Marin Employment Connection's Project GREEN grant. Karen already held a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Certification and was eager to learn more about energy efficiency and green building.

Outcomes & Benefits

Karen completed Title 24 certification and became a Certified Green Building Professional. She continues to do green building consulting in her expanding role with VMI. VMI employees have now returned to full-time schedules and look forward to additional projects that will utilize their green building knowledge and principles in the future.


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