Building Upgrades: An Opportunity for Workforce Development and Economic Inclusion

May 17, 2023

Building Upgrades: An Opportunity for Workforce Development and Economic Inclusion

This webinar outlines strategies to leverage residential and commercial retrofit projects toward realizing workforce diversity and economic inclusion. It covers why leveraging retrofits for community benefits is important and identifies challenges to employing a diverse workforce and implementing economic inclusion strategies. In addition, speakers offer guidance on how to develop project requirements for workforce diversity and economic inclusion and identify partners who can help project teams realize their workforce goals.

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Daryl Wright, Chief Strategy Officer, Emerald Cities

Daryl has had over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles as a Senior Director and Vice President at YouthBuild USA and as Board President at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Also, he serves on the board of the Root Cause Institute. Before coming to Emerald Cities, Daryl was Principal Consultant at Proprentice Knight a consulting firm working with clients on community engagement, workforce, and supplier development in high-demand sectors. Daryl has extensive experience building and sustaining collaborations focused on successful outcomes for individuals living in low-income communities. He has expertise in community development, workforce development, and youth development. He has worked with community-based organizations, unions, business associations, and employers developing innovative programs and taking them to scale. He is the author of 50 publications, most written under government contracts.

Daryl has a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.


Rohini Srivastava, Senior Researcher, ACEEE

Rohini conducts research on new technologies, practices, and programs to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Specific research areas include innovative program approaches, the multiple benefits of efficiency retrofits, and workforce skills needed to advance high-performance building technologies and zero-energy buildings. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2018, Rohini was a contributing researcher for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Consortium for Building Energy Innovation and the U.S.-India Centre for Building Energy Research and Development. Rohini is a registered architect in India and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She received her PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master of architecture from Kent State University.


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