On March 17, 2011, The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy released the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response. The study was mandated in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan to provide recommendations to the CPUC and other agencies on the workforce strategies needed to achieve the state’s ambitious energy efficiency goals.
TEN 50-11 - Resources from Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Investments and Research Related to Green Jobs to provide resources from ETA investments related to green jobs. ETA strongly encourages workforce practitioners to review the grant products and research cited in this notice, which provide valuable information that can help inform the design and implementation of green training and employment programs.
In early summer of 2009, LMI organizations representing six neighboring states developed a strategy and drafted, reviewed, and submitted an LMI Improvement Grant application under the name of the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain Consortium. The Consortium, comprised of the states of Montana (lead state), Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, represented a geographic region with similarities and differences in economies, geographies, and workforce characteristics that would provide an excellent case study of green jobs, their impact on the workforce, and their role in today’s economy. This project ambitiously used a multi-faceted approach to studying green jobs, relying on survey data collection, administrative records research, subject matter expert reviews of new and merging technologies, as well as other research methods to collect, analyze, validate, and disseminate workforce and related green jobs information. At all times, an over-arching focus of the Consortium’s efforts was to invest in research that would not only enhance current knowledge and data available on green jobs, but that would also enhance existing state research capabilities. This was a focus on capacity-building in its truest sense. The Consortium benefitted from increased experience in survey design, sampling, and weighting methodology; exposure to and experience with the latest research technologies and software; and improved coordination and communication strategies for interstate research.
The U.S. Department of Energy released a report from the Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that comprehensively analyzes the key factors impacting the deployment of offshore wind power in the United States. The report, "Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the United States: Assessment of Opportunities and Barriers," includes a detailed assessment of the nation's offshore wind resources and offshore wind industry, including future job growth potential. The report also analyzes the technology challenges, economics, permitting procedures, and the potential risks and benefits of offshore wind power deployment in U.S. waters.
Download the entire video transcript of Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Labor, requesting input from key stakeholders including the workforce system, employers, community and technical colleges, federal agencies, and other interested parties who would like to share feedback about future investments in green sectors and occupations.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional society of over 14,000 members, issued a survey to its members to determine the need for Green Jobs, Energy Industry Potential, Stimulus Results and Salary Data. The results represented are based on 1,934 responses and are outlined in this report. AEE was founded in 1977 and its mission is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.”
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit professional society of over 16,000 members, issued a survey to its members to determine the need for Green Jobs, Energy Industry Potential, Stimulus Results and Salary Data. The results represented are based on 2,775 responses and are outlined in this report.
The 2012 Market Trends & Energy Policy Survey conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) yielded some very interesting findings regarding the opinions of some of the energy industry’s best and brightest with regard to US energy policy. When asked if they pay particular attention to a political candidate’s stance on energy policy, 77% of AEE’s energy professionals answered yes, and 80% of those professionals indicated that that candidate’s stance would influence their decision for which candidate they would vote. On top of that, 97% of AEE’s energy professionals pursue efforts to curb their personal energy use, with 94% installing energy efficiency measures in their home and 47% driving fuel-efficient vehicles. With regard to expanded offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, 65% support President Obama’s plan to expand drilling, while 65% oppose the President’s decision against permitting the construction of the Keystone Pipeline in 2012. These are just a few of the highlights from the survey, please read the full report for more detail.
Fifty-four Local Building and Construction professionals will receive certificates of completion for green training at a ceremony that will take place on Thursday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the Training & Workforce Development Building in the LindenPointe Business Campus in Hermitage, PA. Six Hickory High School Students, who have partnered with the City of Hermitage to document the progress at LindenPointe will also be recognized.
Vehicle technology experts from DOE's Clean Cities initiative will host the Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion Webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on permitting for electric vehicle infrastructure and training for installers. Featured speakers: •Mike Simpson: National Renewable Energy Laboratory •Bernie Kotlier: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program Preparing communities for the widespread use of electric vehicles involves more than just installing infrastructure. Creating permitting processes that enable easy installation of residential chargers, along with providing training for local electricians, will help your city ensure it is getting EV-ready. On the webinar, Mike Simpson will discuss the Model National Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) permit, a template that cities can use to increase the efficiency of their electrical permitting processes. Bernie Kotlier will describe the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program and how communities can work with them to support local green jobs. Audio for the webinar will be available by phone. Please dial 888-324-8502 and use passcode 3354331. To join the online portion, the webinar, log in at the host website. The conference number is PW5291869 and the passcode is 3354331.
Funded by an Employment and Training Administration grant, a national initiative led by Healthcare Career Advancement Program, also known as H-CAP, has paved the way for the Los Angeles County and USC General Hospital's Environmental Services department to forge a labor-management partnership called, "Greening Healthcare and Advancing Careers." The project – aimed at reducing waste, promoting recycling, using less toxic chemicals and improving health and safety for patients and staff -- is being piloted under the leadership of H-CAP, Health Care Without Harm; North Seattle Community College; the Service Employees International Union Education and Support Fund and The Labor Management Project. During a recent visit by Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary for occupational safety and health, workers talked about their new understanding of the impact of their work on patient care, as well as their own health and safety.
This week, September 18-24, the Department of Labor is celebrating National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW). Each year, members of the public workforce investment system use NEOWW as an opportunity to educate the public and employers about the value of recruiting and retaining older workers.
The students and staff of the Job Corps Center in Laredo, Texas, have received the Community Green Award for raising consciousness about protecting the air and water.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its annual wind industry market report. The report features new categories; educational training programs; and expanded information on existing categories. Highlights: “To ensure a skilled workforce across the wind energy industry, 205 educational programs now offer a certificate, degree, or coursework related to wind energy. Of these 205 programs, the largest segments are university and college programs (45%) and community colleges or technical school programs (43%).” “Approximately 85,000 people are employed in the wind industry today and hold jobs in areas as varied as turbine component manufacturing, construction and installation of wind turbines, wind turbine operations and maintenance, legal and marketing services, transportation and logistical services, and more.”
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights launched the Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training toolkit. The toolkit is a product of both the Ella Baker Center and the Oakland Apollo Alliance. Features: - Organization’s definition of a green collar job - Best practices for green jobs training programs - Case studies from California-based green jobs training programs - Resource section
U.S. Department of Energy announced a total of 54 smart grid workforce training programs. - 33 projects have been selected to receive $41.6 million in Recovery Act funds for the development of new training programs, strategies and curricula related to the electric power sector and the smart grid. - 21 projects have been selected to receive $57.7 million in Recovery Act funds to conduct workforce training programs for new hires.
Clean Edge launched its annual Clean Energy Trends 2010 report. HIGHLIGHTS: - In 2009, combined global revenue for the three major clean-energy sectors – solar photovoltaics (PV), wind power, and biofuels – grew by 11.4 percent over 2008, reaching $139.1 billion. These three sectors are expected to reach $325.9 billion by 2019. - The global solar PV and wind power industries together currently account for a total of more than 830,000 jobs worldwide. By 2019, global industry growth will push the total to more than 3.3 million jobs.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Job Training Program helps train people for jobs in the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields properties, including abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties. These investments target under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed. More information on brownfields job training grants: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm Project fact sheet: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/index.cfm
25 communities were elected for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns – and eventually entire states. These partnerships will support
large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses.
The following governments and non-profit organizations have been selected for Retrofit Ramp-Up awards. These projects are planned to begin in fall 2010. Final award amounts are subject to negotiation:
* Austin, Texas - $10 million
* Boulder County, Colorado - $25 million
* Camden, New Jersey - $5 million
* Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning - $25 million
* Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Ohio - $17 million
* Greensboro, North Carolina - $5 million
* Indianapolis, Indiana - $10 million
* Kansas City, Missouri - $20 million
* Los Angeles County, California - $30 million
* Lowell, Massachusetts - $5 million
* State of Maine - $30 million
* State of Maryland - $20 million
* State of Michigan - $30 million
* State of Missouri - $5 million
* Omaha, Nebraska - $10 million
* State of New Hampshire - $10 million
* New York State Research and Development Authority - $40 million
* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - $25 million
* Phoenix, Arizona - $25 million
* Portland, Oregon - $20 million
* San Antonio, Texas - $10 million
* Seattle, Washington - $20 million
* Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance - $20 million
* Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Ohio - $15 million
* Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation - $20 million
National Administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network - up to $4.5 million over five years This funding opportunity will select a National Administrator that will act as a central coordinating body for the Training Network. The Network was created in 2009, by the Department of Energy to establish high-quality, local and accessible training for personnel involved in the sales, design, installation, commissioning and inspection of solar photovoltaic and solar heating and cooling systems. Awards were made to nine regional resource and training providers. The National Administrator will manage the collaboration of the Training Network members, disseminating their products and conducting other outreach efforts such as providing recommendations for the adoption of best practices. The selected organization will also serve as a national point of contact for the Training Network and will work with a broad set of stakeholders to define, prioritize and address issues related to solar training and workforce development. Applications are due June 15, 2010. For more information on this Funding Opportunity Announcements go to http://www1.eere.energy.gov/financing/solicitations_detail.html?sol_id=329
The Fact Sheet new vehicle technology jobs and how the Department of Energy is supporting vehicle manufacturing jobs.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today (September 2) announced that it is making approximately $110 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint from lower income homes and to protect young children from lead poisoning. The grants to States and local governments are being offered through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Programs.
In a Federal Register Notice on March 16, 2010 (75 FR 12571), BLS solicited comments on the definition BLS will use in measuring green jobs, the list of industries where green goods or services are classified, or any other aspect of the information provided in the notice. The current notice summarizes the comments received and the BLS response to the comments, and provides the final BLS definition of green jobs for use in data collection.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics published today the first in a series of career information pieces related to green jobs. The first report provides readers with an overview of the wind energy industry and its recent growth in the United States, and describes some selected occupations critical to wind power. For jobseekers looking for more information on how they can find work in the wind industry, the report also contains typical education and training backgrounds for workers in these occupations.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics published the first in a series of career information pieces related to green jobs. This first report provides readers with an overview of the wind energy industry and its recent growth in the United States, and describes some selected occupations critical to wind power. For jobseekers looking for more information on how they can find work in the wind industry, the report also contains typical education and training backgrounds for workers in these occupations.
National Clean Fuels President and CEO Maurice Stone will be on hand in Virginia Beach, Va., to help introduce a cooperative effort between the National Black Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Training Solutions to prepare minority contractors for green job opportunities.
The Atlantic coast has more energy to give via wind than it does from oil or gas, according to a study sponsored by Oceana, an environmental group. Read more of MATTHEW L. WALD's article.