Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke at two events during the Memorial Day Congressional work period that focused on the job-creating benefits of Building STAR.
The first event, held Tuesday, June 1st at Youngstown State University, focused on the need to move away from an antiquated energy paradigm towards a new, clean energy future. Senator Brown was joined by the Mayor of Youngstown, Jay Williams, and Youngstown State University President, Dr. David Sweet, to highlight the leadership that the University has taken to save energy by investing in retrofits of many academic buildings, and by committing to installing a solar array atop their engineering building.
The next day, Senator Brown traveled to the joint Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association/Sheet Metal Workers Local #33 training facility in Parma, Ohio, to take a tour of the facility, meet apprentices, and talk to local business and labor leaders about their struggle to stay afloat during these tough economic times. Senator Brown was joined by John Sickle, Jr. (President, SMACNA-Cleveland), Lonnie Coleman (President, Mechanical Contractors’ Association of America), Marc Norberg (Assistant to the General President, SMWIA), Tom Dake (President, Superior Industrial Insulation Company), and Keith Dimoff (President, Ohio Environmental Council).
Like many areas of the country, Ohio, where unemployment rates are 20% higher than the national average, has a latent, highly skilled workforce eager to jumpstart a clean energy economy. The construction and manufacturing industries, which have been especially hard hit by the recent economic downturn, would benefit greatly from the increase in commercial building retrofits that Building STAR legislation would create.
Building STAR is planning a number of events across the country this summer to highlight the many benefits of energy efficiency retrofits.
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