Brett Wiley leads Groundswell's Strong Homes Program
Three years ago in the midst of the recession, a group of young people from across the country came to Washington, D.C., to dig into the city and discover where they could seed some change.
A city synonymous with traditional power, our nation’s capital is also becoming known for having the highest unemployment and economic inequality rates in the country.
The group of young people talked with community members from diverse backgrounds. Through those conversations and research, they identified a way in which to address the disparities they witnessed: tapping into the clean energy market – specifically, weatherization work. Using the power of community purchasing, we create investment in local businesses
Soon, they realized that training more people in weatherization work wasn’t the greatest need. They concluded that creating job opportunities for people with training who were ready to work was where they could make the biggest difference.