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We don’t just build homes.
We’re training the next generation of home builders. 

Goals of the Green New Deal Housing Workforce Training Program:

  • Educate effectively about housing, health, and environmental impact

  • Create pathways to education and employment for people experiencing barriers

  • Cultivate passion and participation in green building, renewable energy systems, and sustainable community development

  • Develop a green collar workforce to participate in the widespread creation of reliable energy efficient and high performance buildings

  • Transform communities to be more equitable, resilient,
    and sustainable




Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner is a designer, educator and social entrepreneur in Duluth, MN. Her work focuses on environmental and economic justice. Her private ventures, through design LLC and Just Housing SBC, provide ecologically and socially responsible solutions for programs and projects that aim to reduce inequities and promote sustainability. Rachel has a B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis and is a licensed architect in Wisconsin.

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is a Minnesota residential contractor with 40-plus years in the construction industry. With a strong environmental conscience, he has always been interested in studying and building energy-efficient homes for the climate demands of northern Minnesota; and has pursued high standards for water management, air tightness and durability throughout his career. Steve has built several zero-net energy and many low energy homes, and is excited to share his experiences and knowledge in hopes of creating sustainable and affordable housing for the future.


Josh VandeBerg

Josh VandeBerg is a Building Science and Energy Management instructor at Western Technical College. He brings 30 years of construction experience, with the last decade dedicated to the academic educational side of the industry.  His passion is to train the next generation of construction professionals, so they are well positioned to create durable, affordable buildings that utilize little or no energy from fossil fuel sources.  He teaches coursework in renewable energy, building performance, energy auditing, and building science.



GREEN BUILDING  is GOOD BUILDING: healthy, durable, energy efficient, and accessible. 


To prepare the next generation to build for the next generation, we need to train our workforce to build green. Building science and sustainable building practices must be an embedded part of construction education and training. 


Train the Trainers (T3) is a professional development opportunity for construction-related educators and those interested in bringing green building skills to the next generation. 


Experienced practitioners and instructors in building science and green building share knowledge and curriculum with experienced practitioners and instructors in carpentry and related residential construction trades.


  • September 22 - launch event - come learn about the program, participate in a hands-on challenge, and maybe walk away with a free infrared camera!

  • The 5-month training program includes in-person sessions, synchronous virtual learning and asynchronous online content.

  • Participants can earn CEUs and a Building Science Principles Certificate from the Building Performance Institute

  • Space is limited for this specialized program. Interested participants must meet certain qualifications and commit to attendance for the full program.


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  • Western Technical College:   
                   Building construction and cabinetmaking
    >>    Building science and energy management >>

  • Mesabi Range College:  

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College:   
    Certificate program: Clean Energy Technology

  • Community Action Duluth Community Construction Program >>

  • Career Force >>

  • Carpenters Training Institute >>

  • Clean Energy Resource Teams >>

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