On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $38 million in grants for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund. Six organizations – serving workers in 19 states and the District of Columbia – received a total of $38 million in funding to help existing career training programs leverage Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship programs and community-based partnerships in building sustainable green career pathways. The Green Jobs Innovation Fund was authorized under the Workforce Investment Act to help workers receive job training in green industry sectors. "This grant program is an important part of the administration's efforts to equip workers with the skills they need to succeed in green industry jobs," said Secretary Solis. "These are smart investments in the green energy jobs of today and the green energy economy of the future."
Please read the Secretary's blog on what the Green Jobs Innovation Fund awards mean for job training, the environment, the American worker, and our economy.
Green Jobs Award Applications Are Due June 15
Celebrating Great Green Job Creators
We are quickly approaching the deadline of June 15 for this year’s applications to the 2011 Green Jobs Award program. Applications can be found online at www.greenjobsaward.org/apply.
A recent CNBC article (“Hype Aside, ‘Green Jobs’ Are For Real”) provided even more confirmation that the green sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, creating as many as 4.2 million new green jobs over the next 30 years. At SJF Institute, we want to be sure that the model for a green job is one that offers great benefits, employee engagement, and career paths for individuals.
Last year’s inaugural Green Jobs Award celebrated ten leading private companies that demonstrated their ability to create good, green jobs. The exciting class of winners included innovative companies from across the country representing diverse industries, from renewable energy and energy efficiency to consumer products and engineering. The winning companies included both those in the cleantech sector as well as firms in with green innovations in traditional industries. These companies exemplify how environmental solutions and high road employment practices can drive success.
This year’s Green Jobs Award also seeks to recognize businesses that are making valuable contributions to both the economy and the environment. The free application process is open to all private companies with annual revenue of at least $500,000 and ten employees, and with a business model that preserves or enhances the environment. Winners will receive recognition, media exposure, executive mentorship opportunities, and a package of pro bono business services provided by Certified B Corporations. Winners will also receive an all expense paid trip to the Awards Reception in October 2011.
We look forward to celebrating an exciting new group of Green Jobs Award-winning firms that can show that green strategies and employee engagement are keys to their success.
Apply today and be recognized as a green jobs leader!