Constructing Connections

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Constructing Connections: Developing Chicago's Clean Energy Workforce

Originally recorded 11/2/2023

Dive into an Illinois Green Alliance roundtable discussion with Inherent Homes and Chicago Women in Trades, to discover how Chicago residents are learning to build and maintain high-performance all-electric homes. Explore the connections between workforce training and affordable homeownership to catalyze sustainable neighborhood revitalization.

Significant investments from the state and federal governments will accelerate the construction and renovation of energy-efficient, renewably-powered buildings across Illinois. Parallel programs seek to recruit, train, and place residents into good-paying green jobs. Discover how one firm is approaching the challenges of affordable homeownership, workforce development, and community revitalization through innovative practices and partnerships.


  • Tim Swanson, President & CEO, Inherent Homes
  • Cindy Connor, General Superintendent, Inherent Homes
  • Symone Holmes, Outreach Coordinator, Chicago Women in Trades
  • Moderator: Sonia Del Real, Vice President, Sales & Economic Development, Inherent Homes

*day-of viewers were then invited to tour the Inherent Homes warehouse in-person for a look at a modular home under construction.