In March 2011 CommunEcos and The Forest Foundation began collaborating with the Durham Economic Resource Ctr. (DERC) on a green training program for hard-to-employ residents. Funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation, this grant funded two weeks of Green Literacy training for DERC students, including recycling, sustainable manufacturing, solar, biofuels, green landscaping and organics, and weatherization. Fieldtrips and hands-on demonstrations take place in the afternoons. The students visit Orange Recycling (above), Common Ground Building Center, the Scrap Exchange, a building supply recycling center, a biofuel center, a community garden and practice weatherization on a house. We have, to date, held six trainings of 2-week cohorts on the GOAL (Green Oil and Light) Campus of the Forest Foundation (site of Carolina Biofuels and GreenWay Transit) on S. Goley St. in East Durham. CommunEcos trainers have included: Sandy Smith-Nonini (principles of sustainability, recycling, sustainable manufacturing), Anthony Watts (solar), Max Rice (recycling), and Henry Wills (sustainable manufacturing).
Marc Dreyfors coordinates the trainings and teaches biofuels, and assists on some other sessions. Other trainers have included Steve Hren (solar/green building), Bob Triplett (weatherization), Jeff Ensminger (sustainable food), and John Parker (social entrepreneurship).
The last training session was completed in June 2012. Jackie Brown, director of DERC, is projecting another 2-weeks of training from a different funding source later this summer.