The Green New Deal and Clean Tech Policy are about creating a better future for all of us.  That doesn’t just mean fight global warming but create an Economy where everyone has access and can thrive.  We know Sacramento is a leader in CleanTech and policies supporting equitable economic growth, but there are also businesses working to do this too.  One of the recent ones I got to talk with is Eco-Alpha Environmental and Engineering Services.

Eco-Alpha was founded by the CEO Melanie Okoro Ph.D. and President of Engineering UzomaOkoro when they recognized they could share their experience and expertise with the community, through education, while delivering on Engineering Projects. Eco-Alpha is a certified small women-owned minority firm that has created a synergy around its project portfolio and training.  

Eco-Alpha’s successful implementation of their High-Performance Building Engineering Program (pilot) with the Department of General Services focused on upskilling the current workforce on energy management tools and best practices.  These types of training programs are needed for Sacramento to become a cleantech hub, upskill the workforce, and for economically sustainable communities.  At our Cleantech meetups, we have heard from several companies creating technology that make us more efficient and from SMUD Sustainable Community Initiative. Both go hand in hand creating Sacramento as a Cleantech Hub. Connecting the efficiency gains with workforce community initiative is where Eco-Alpha comes in. 

There are several job training groups doing good work in the Sacramento region.  We like Eco-Alpha because of their experience and strong cleantech angle and are a local company seeking funding opportunities by Utilities like PG&E, SDGE, and SMUD to train people across the state. CleanStart is supporting them by making sure they connect with the right people, building better programs to help everyone access this clean economy.

That is why we invite you to come and talk with them for CleanStart ToDos on May 15th. .  Learn about how training and cleantech collide building a strong economy in the Sacramento region.


Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.

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