009: Anchor Institutions and Worker Cooperatives: Domenic Fatica, Evergreen Energy Solutions
Domenic has spent most of his adult life working in the construction industry and now, in his 60s, he is working the best job he has ever had and never wants to retire. In fact, he loves the job so much he recruited his 88-year-old father to help train his co-workers.
On this week’s episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we interview Domenic Fatica, the General Manager of Evergreen Energy Solutions (E2S) worker cooperative in Cleveland. E2S hires individuals who have life experiences that make it hard for them to find employment. The cooperative then trains them in the construction and energy retrofit trades. E2S gives these men and women an opportunity to further transform their lives and become worker/owners of the cooperative, as well as homeowners with accessible transportation. Domenic and E2S are transforming lives, building local community wealth, and helping change the face of Cleveland. Tune in to learn why this is the most meaningful and important job Domenic has ever had.
Topic: Anchor Institutions and Worker Cooperatives
Guest: Domenic Fatica is general manager of Evergreen Energy Solutions (E2S), an Evergreen Cooperatives portfolio company that designs, installs, and develops PV solar panel arrays for institutional, governmental, and commercial markets. Incorporated in 2008, E2S also provides energy efficiency and home performance services to make residential and commercial buildings more energy efficient.
Organization: Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability. Evergreen’s employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally. They create meaningful green jobs and keep precious financial resources within the Greater University Circle neighborhoods. Worker-owners at Evergreen Cooperatives earn a living wage and build equity in the firms as owners of the business.
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