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Green Workforce Development

Did you know that 9.8 million jobs require green tasks*? The City of Boston is recruiting people to drastically increase the green workforce to reach sustainability goals. Whether you identify as blue-collar or white-collar, you can go green collar!

Green Workforce Documents


Boston’s Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) sets requirements for large buildings to reduce their energy use. Buildings account for nearly 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Boston. The 2021 amendment to BERDO gives the City authority to set emissions standards for large existing buildings. Those who do not comply, will be fined. Read a full description on the City's webpage.

What BERDO Means for the Green Workforce

Buildings between 20,000 and 35,000 square feet or residential buildings with 15 to 35 units will need to begin reporting their energy use in 2022. The City provides 11 documents aimed at training people on how to report BERDO. Being an expert Energy Modeler is one green career path or adding this skill to your skill set may positively impact your career. View other career opportunities and solutions to meet the mandate in the City's Retrofit Resource Hub.

Energy Modeling

Sketchbox is a web-based user interface for energy modeling, designed to take the guesswork out of energy performance and help you find the right solutions faster. It was built to meet the needs for a team of full-time energy engineers and it is now open source. It is FREE to use.