Creating A Skilled and Responsive Workforce for Sustainable Energy and Buildings [06/01/2014]


  • Segment ‘1’: Theodore E. Trabue, Jr., Managing Director, District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU).
  • Segment ‘2’: Dr. Dee Carroll, President-CEO, CTI Global Solutions, Inc.
  • Segment ‘3’: Julieta Machado, Senior Program Manager for Integrated Community Services and Celia Sterling, Workforce Development and Site Manager, Green Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program, Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities, Washington, D.C.
  • Segment ‘4’: Terita Russell, Career Transition Officer, Construction Trades Education, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Jobs Corps.
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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our outstanding Workforce Development experts presenting insights about new ‘green’ jobs creation and education include:
  • Segment ‘1’:  Theodore E. Trabue, Jr., Managing Director, District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU)(In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘2’:  Dr. Dee Carroll, President-CEO, CTI Global Solutions, Inc, (In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘3’:  Celia Sterling, Workforce Development and Site Manager, Green Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program, Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities, Washington, D.C., (In-Studio); and
  • Segment ‘4’: Arnell Morgan-Bean, Career Transition Specialist, Construction Trades Education, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia Jobs Corps (In Studio).


Theodore E. Trabue, Jr. is the Managing Director of the (Washington) District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU).  As Managing Director, “Ted” is responsible for leading the DC SEU in meeting its economic, environmental, and ‘green’ job creation goals.  He has over 30 years of experience in public affairs, most recently as Executive Director of the “Green Builders Council of DC”.  The DC Sustainable Energy Utility is a project of the Sustainable Energy Partnership under contract to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).

The DC SEU is the first utility of its kind in the District of Columbia. The DC SEU offers incentives, rebates, and expertise to help District residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money while reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. Beyond energy savings, the DC SEU is committed to economic development and social equity. Its energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives are creating green jobs, stimulating the local economy, reducing energy costs for low-income residents, and improving the air, water, and soil quality for all citizens. The DC SEU has served nearly 14,000 households, the majority of which were low-income.

Since 2012, the DC SEU partnered with local contractors to install solar photovoltaic systems for low-income homeowners. The DC SEU’s commitment to clean energy for all translates into savings that make a difference for those who need it most. Each homeowner is now saving between $350 and $500 in electricity costs annually. Each system, installed at no cost to the homeowner, prevents nearly three tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. Once solar panels were being installed in various communities, neighbors who did not qualify for the low-income installations became interested and bought systems.

Mr. Trabue also served two terms as the President of the District of Columbia State Board of Education. Mr. Trabue is a fourth generation Washingtonian, and like his mother and grandmother, he attended the District’s public schools. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Trabue is a member of the DC Bar and has served on the Board of Directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, DC Appleseed, and the DC Building Industry Association.

Led by Dr. Dee Carroll, President and CEO, CTI Global Solutions, Inc. is a premier woman owned business providing human capital management solutions with a focus on exceptional service.  CTI’s comprehensive business support services  include  staff augmentation and contract staffing, records and program management, call center services and administrative and IT consulting.    CTI’s philosophy and corporate focus is centered on infusing state-of-the-art outsourcing solutions to augment our customers’ staff capabilities while assisting in meeting their mission and goals.  During its twenty five years tenure CTI has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence with unmatched outsourcing capabilities and has a dynamic past performance history.  CTI has gained in depth public and private sector experience with clients including the DCSEU, Pepco, the District of Columbia Government, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Government Printing Office, Executive Office of the President and the US Trade Representative.

With a strong emphasis in the planning and implementation of alternative methodologies for supporting the business needs of its clients, CTI embraces its clients’ vision, purpose and culture and base its success on: 1) Strength and Stability; 2) Proven Contract Performance; 3) Effective Human Resource Processes; and 4) Industry Best Practices. CTI continuously strive to improve the essential elements of superior service, capability, resources, quality, competitive pricing, experience, performance, and viability.

Dr. Dee Carroll has over 25 years of professional/corporate experience and attributes her success to a philosophy based on Commitment, Teamwork, and Solutions. She embodies the belief that successful relationships are built on trust, respect, teamwork and confidence.  Her aim is to lead and guide utilizing sound business practices, quality services and effective solutions. She imparts to all of the clients her dedication to business ethics, success and empowerment ensuring the client’s success. Dr. Carroll enjoys challenges and has successfully taken calculated risks. She is a leader who is able to assume responsibility, master new challenges quickly, and derive great satisfaction from working with individuals.

Celia Sterling is the Workforce Development and Site Manager for the Green Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program in the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities, Washington, D.C.  This project is part of the “Employment, Enterprises, & Education Mission”.  The courses run for 12 weeks. Training integrates a number of skill sets to provide the graduates with knowledge and abilities to compete in the emerging green economy. The program teaches the basics of carpentry, electricity, solar panel installation, and job-site skills. The class is taught in English with assistance for Spanish speakers. The nationally certified curriculum includes the latest in green building technology.

The goals of the program are: to make sure the graduates are able to:  Improve English and mathematics skills, acquire skill sets in building construction, earn industry-recognized certifications, and find apprenticeships including living-wage employment in the construction industry while integrating into North American culture and contributing to the lives of their communities. The program works diligently with its adult learners “to empower Latino immigrants with new job skills that can benefit our community immediately.” Established in 2002 the candidate criteria includes, 1) 18 years old or older;  2) Photographic identification; 3)  Ability to work in the construction trades; 4)  Minimum 8th grade English reading and writing along with mathematics skills and a high school diploma or GED.

Over the long-term the graduates of the program are to develop ‘green’ construction industry skills.  Some of the skills taught during the 12-week intensive classroom instruction and hands-on skills sessions include, but are not limited to:  National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum; Occupational Construction Mathematics; English as a Second Language (ESL) Technical English; Basic Green Building Techniques; Safety Health Training; Residential and Commercial Electricity Level One & Solar Panel Installation; Life skills: and Job Readiness & Referrals. This program is open to all Washington, D.C. and Maryland residents over the age of 18. The class is taught in English with assistance for Spanish speakers, as the program hopes to empower Hispanic immigrants with new job skills that can benefit the community immediately. The program is offered on a non-fee basis as a community development and social empowerment service.

Arnell Morgan-Bean is the Career Transition Specialist for Construction Trades Education in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia Jobs Corps Centers. Through a nationwide network of campuses, Job Corps offers a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills, and social competencies through a combination of classroom and practical hands-on based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs.

Job Corps is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 funded through the United States Congress.  The Job Corps design is based on the principles of quality services and individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student. Training approaches and methods of implementation vary to allow tailoring of service components and delivery methods, effectively use resources, and meet individual student and employer needs.

Job Corps is administered by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Job Corps, under the leadership of the National Director, supported by the National Office of Job Corps and a field network of six [6] Regional Offices.  Education, training, and support services are provided to students at 125 Job Corps center campuses located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Job Corps centers are operated for the U.S. Department of Labor by private companies through competitive contracting processes, and by other Federal Agencies through interagency agreements.  Applicants are identified and screened for eligibility by organizations contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Following enrollment, job or further academic placement, follow-up and transitional career development support services are provided for eligible students through organizations contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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