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Mindy Feldbaum is the Senior Director of Workforce Development Programs for the Academy for Educational Development (AED).



With the emerging transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy, community colleges are on the forefront of the growing momentum for action on climate change, sustainability, and green workforce development. Through my writing of the publication, Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building A Sustainable Futures and Green Workforce, I witnessed firsthand many examples of community colleges across the country taking a leadership role to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental stewardship, using campuses as living laboratories, integrating sustainability principles into curricula, and educating and training workers for new, reoriented, or emerging jobs in the green economy. Of even greater influence, are the millions of students that will develop the necessary skills and knowledge through community college education and training programs to lead the country's transition to a low-carbon future.

I believe that community colleges can serve as the perfect gateway to good green jobs, particularly because many of the jobs that are currently, or predicted to be in demand in the green economy will require more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor's degree. Charged with meeting the workforce demands of a 21st century economy, colleges today are modifying existing certificate and associate degree programs and courses to integrate green skills for a variety of sectors including construction, manufacturing and energy, creating new and expanded green career pathways, working with employers to redefine skills and competencies needed by the green workforce, and supporting professional development in these evolving occupational fields.

Despite these exciting and innovative times, community colleges cannot prepare and educate a green workforce alone, particularly at a time when colleges are grappling with growing enrollment each year, and at the same time, facing severe budget cuts. I truly believe that the success of community colleges in the green economy will be built on strategic partnerships that include industry, the workforce system, labor unions, economic development organizations, K-12 education system, universities, and community-based organizations. These partnerships will allow community college leaders to contribute to the green economic and workforce development strategy and vision in the region and state, leverage and align public and private funding sources, build on existing infrastructures and resources, and work with state, local, and national policymakers and leaders to create policies that support a greener future.

The green strategic partnerships that are forming or have emerged in recent years are critical, and just as important, is having the information about how and why these partnerships work and the value they add, particularly when linked to performance and sustainability. I would love to begin a discussion on the unique partnerships and the challenges and opportunities they bring in the green education and training arena, how students/participants benefit from these partnerships, and how organizations document success.
Green CoP Topics
Posted on December 11, 2009 by Green Jobs
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The following is a list of topics that we have for the Community of Practice. We need your help!

Are these topics that you are interested in or are we missing specific topics that you want to know about concerning green jobs?

Please take the time to comment and help make this your Green Jobs Community.

Weatherization
Competency Models (Green components added)
Community College's role
Sustainable Manufacturing
Emerging Green Industries (E.g. Solar and Wind)
Greening of Traditional Industries (E.g. Construction )
Other Federal Agency Perspectives (E.g. HUD, DOE, EPA, etc.)
International Green Programs
Green Job Certification(s)
Retrofit
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On January 13, 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $150 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The "Pathways Out of Poverty" grants — as the group of funding awards is known — will support programs that help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.


Through the Pathways Out of Poverty Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, 38 projects ranging from approximately $2 to $8 million, will target populations to receive recruitment and referral services; basic skills, work-readiness and occupational skills training; supportive services to help overcome barriers to employment; and other services at times and locations that are easily accessible.


These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.

Click the link for more information regarding the Pathways Out of Poverty Training Grants including a list of grant recipients and descriptions of grants awarded.

Green Jobs 101
Posted on January 11, 2010 by Green Jobs
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Green Jobs is a broad topic so as part of the Green Jobs CoP, we have put together a Green Jobs 101 Reading List Wiki, a list of resources that may be beneficial to beginner or experienced green jobs stakeholders. This reading list is intended to provide the workforce investment system introductory materials about Green Jobs. The materials listed include some of the books, reports, key organizations and Websites that focus on the green economy, green occupations, and resources for thinking about green jobs employment and training approaches. There is a brief description of each document along with a link to its location; most of the documents highlighted are cited frequently in other Green Jobs publications.

A Wiki is commonly used as a tool for members of a community to collaborate around a particular document. If you are member of the community, you can add resources to the reading list or make comments or changes to those documents currently on the list. We look forward to your input.

Please take a look at the Green Reading 101 Wiki and feel free to get involved by making comments or adding resources.
Welcome to the Green Jobs Community of Practice!

The Green Jobs Community of Practice (COP) is the latest community available through the Employment & Training Administration (ETA)’s knowledge sharing and learning platform – Workforce3One.org.  The Green Jobs CoP will serve three primary purposes:

  • Provide a platform for Workforce Professionals and green job thought leaders to discuss and share promising practices to create partnerships for Green Job Workforce Solutions and leverage Recovery Act investments.  The Green Jobs CoP is unique in that it will provide an interactive platform and information that is explicitly targeted to Workforce Professionals, particularly those at the State and Workforce Investment Board levels, and their role in building a green economy.
  • Serve as the primary platform for providing technical assistance in the form of Webinars, discussion boards and other on-line resources to green jobs grantees, including the recipients of upcoming SGAs.
  • Create a central communications platform for all other federal agency workforce professionals who focus on green jobs and the workforce system’s role in transforming the US economy.

 We invite you to become a member of this exciting new web space by clicking on the ‘Join the Community’ link on the right column titled ‘Contributors’ on the homepage.  This will allow you to comment on the blogs, participate in the discussions, and edit the wikis. 

For a brief overview of the features of the CoP download the overview:

http://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001000434771560291/

For questions email Green.Jobs@dol.gov

Charles Cox                                        Aparna Darisipudi
Community Manager                       Community Manager

Last August, ETA hosted a Webinar titled: Weatherization 101: All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). More than a 500 people attended the Webinar that featured the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program as well as technical training aspects of weatherization including the process, types of tools, job types and training. Here is a five-minute podcast featuring highlights from that Webinar. If you would like to see the Webinar again or view the slides, please visit:

http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5000920957666793985/info.

 

Podcast:

http://greenjobs.workforce3one.org/view/4011002035356655825/info

 

U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program

 http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/weatherization/

On January 6, 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.

Through the Energy Training Partnership Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, 25 projects ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million each will receive grants. These grants are built on strategic partnerships — requiring labor and business to work together.

These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.

Click the link for more information regarding the Energy Job Training Partnership Grants, including a list of grant recipients and descriptions of grants awarded.

On November 18, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $55 million on green jobs grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants will support job training and labor market information programs to help workers, many in underserved communities, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations.

The two categories of grant awards announced today are: State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants and Green Capacity Building Grants. Both will be administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

Green Capacity Building Grants, totaling $5.8 million, will increase the training capacity of 62 current Labor Department grant recipients through a variety of strategies, and will offer training opportunities to help individuals acquire jobs in expanding green industries. These grants will help serve underserved communities. Targeted communities include American Indians, women, at-risk youth and farm workers.

State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants, totaling $48.8 million, will support the collection and dissemination of labor market information, and will enhance the labor exchange infrastructure to provide career opportunities within clean energy industries. Grantees will be able to employ strategies that enable job seekers to connect with green job banks and help ensure that workers find employment after completing training. Thirty awards ranging from about $763,000 to $4 million were made to state workforce agencies to utilize data for workforce development strategies. Multiple state workforce agencies partnering as a consortium will use this program to gather information that is likely to have a regional, multi-state or national impact.


For more information, please see the press release and list of grantees or a description of grants.
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