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"It's Not Green, Unless It's Affordable"- that's  Mr. McAuliffe's motto who's the chairman of GreenTech Automotive Corporation.  He recently spoke at the 2011 Virginia Greenforce Community College Summit where green jobs and energy-efficient technology were the topics of discussion. 

The event was sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, the conference featured expert panelists who provided information about green job trends in Virginia, opportunities to “green” existing jobs and breakout work sessions where industry experts focused on the three key Greenforce areas:

  • increase access and success rates of lower-skilled adult learners in community college workforce training programs
  • create green career paths that lead to advancement opportunities
  • develop innovative links between on-campus sustainability initiatives and workforce training

Rhonda Simmons recently wrote an article "Going Green" where she highlighted the event and the featured speakers.

Are there green summits taking place in your region?  If so, let us know and we'll share it with our community!

Build and Drive
Posted on February 09, 2011 by Thao Nelson
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Secretary Solis recently wrote a blog titled "Build and Drive" where she talks about smart cars and how the words- green, powerful and made in America can move our country forward.
BLS today announced it is seeking comments on a new information collection -- Green Technologies and Practices Survey.  Comments are due by April 24.  BLS will summarize comments received for inclusion in the OMB approval request; the comments will also become a matter of public record.

Relevant excerpts from today’s Federal Register ICR notice which contains full background, burden hour estimates and instructions for submitting comments:

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program has been funded to collect and produce objective and reliable information on  occupational employment and wages for green jobs at the establishment level.

Using its business establishment register, the OES program intends to survey establishments about these green activities and the associated employment. The survey will identify employers performing green activities, determine whether they have any employees performing tasks associated with these activities, gather information to classify those employees according to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, and collect wage rate information.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) presented its approach to measuring green jobs and published its final definition of green jobs in the September 21, 2010, Federal Register.

The measurement approach includes two surveys: one on jobs related to producing green goods and services, and one on jobs related to using environmentally friendly production processes and practices.

(Today’s) information collection request is for the Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) Survey.   This survey includes collecting the current employment for the establishment; collecting information on the use of environmentally friendly production processes within the establishment; and collecting the number, occupation, and wages paid to employees of the establishment performing environmentally friendly activities.


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