About Out Guest: Markeeta Keyes
Markeeta Keyes works with the City of Minneapolis leading the Green Career Exploration Program. She works in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools and other community-embedded stakeholders to help students and adults explore environmental topics including energy efficiency, environmental justice, passive house design, and solar energy.
“The biggest reaction I’ve seen out of young people is when we invite community members into their classroom space to talk about green zones, to talk about injustices, to talk about inequities, whether that’s environmental injustices or social injustices. That’s what has been motivating them. And then I think they’ll circle back to like, Oh… and there’s the science, right? So that’s what I’ve observed for young people.“ – Markeeta Keyes
- Community Outreach and Solar Equity
0:20 – Overview of the federal government’s response to COVID-19
2:43 – Billionaire bailouts and George Floyd’s death
3:13 – Lingering impacts of redlining policies
7:17 – Development of the Green Careers program
10:06 – Successes of the Green Careers program
12:58 – Challenges facing green career training
15:00 – George Floyd’s death and persistent challenges
18:17 – Green zones in Minneapolis
20:28 – Effects of redlining and starting the real work
23:12 – How to inspire young people for green careers
26:38 – Skills that help solar students thrive
28:13 – Challenges to making workforces match the communities they serve
30:00 – Business incubation in the next 10 years
32:15 – Meeting solar and workforce needs across the country
35:45 – Making the energy transition tangible on the ground
37:07 – Partnerships in the broader clean energy space
39:30 – How to improve existing training partnerships
43:13 – Leadership to inspire clean energy training
Rise Up Podcast Live Event!
Attend the Rise Up Live Event at The 2023 Energy Fair! Hear from guests of the Season 4 Rise Up Podcast. Tickets are on sale now. The Energy Fair takes place June 23-25, at MREA in Custer, WI.
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