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University of Florida, FL


University of Florida

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219 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115500
Gainesville, FL 32611

Online: www.ufl.edu



Summary

The foundation of an effective weatherization program is a properly prepared workforce, trained not only in basic weatherization procedures, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) policies, and installation methods but also in application of proper occupational safety and health practices. Not only do WAP providers need well-trained contractors, but the emerging green jobs in energy efficiency retrofits need to be compatible with worker and resident health and safety. Providing rapidly implemented, multitiered training in alternative delivery formats readily available to contractors in every area of the state and utilizing existing Department of Energy (DOE) resources customized for the hot, humid climate will significantly contribute to the successful expansion of WAP efforts in Florida and the Southeast. The goal of this project is to develop a self-sustaining training curriculum and delivery network for Florida’s WAP and green-remodeling jobs market. The University of Florida will create a weatherization workforce trained in appropriate occupational safety and health measures and strengthen weatherization efforts that provide measurable energy efficiency improvements. Training formats will include classroom, hands-on, and interactive online modules. The training center will be a distributed and coordinated network, rather than a physical center, accessible throughout the state.

Points of Contact
Pierce Jones
219 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115500
Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: (352) 392-8074

Thomas Walsh
219 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115500
Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: (352) 392-1582



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