This report provides a baseline assessment of the current state of energy efficiency-related education and training programs and analyzes training and education needs to support expected growth in the energy efficiency services workforce. In the last year, there has been a significant increase in funding for “green job” training and workforce development (including energy efficiency), through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Key segments of the energy efficiency services sector (EESS) have experienced significant growth during the past several years, and this growth is projected to continue and accelerate over the next decade.
Dixie Sommers from BLS presented the BLS Green Jobs Initiative and discussed the Federal Register Notice, www.bls.gov/green.
This is from the Labor Market Information (LMI) Users Panel Plenary Session. Rob Black from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services presented during the session.
This is from the Labor Market Information (LMI) Users Panel Plenary Session. It is from a state and local LMI user perspective.
This is from the O*NET Plenary Session: Greening the World of Work. Dave Rivkin and Phil Lewis from the O*NET Center presented the information.
This is from the Plenary Session - Sustainability: Applying the Results after the Grants End. This is Steve Hine's presentation for Minnesota.
This is from the Plenary Session - Sustainability: Applying the Results after the Grants End. This is a handout from Hope Clark, Indiana.
Charlie Johnson, Green Jobs Economist, Oregon Employment Department and Shalee Hodgson, Community College Education and Workforce Specialist, Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development Oregon’s Career Pathways Initiative transforms the state’s education system to focus on helping Oregonians attain degrees, certificates, and credentials that lead to demand occupations, increased wage gain, and lifelong learning. Oregon is identifying and mapping career paths and skill progressions that show green jobs from entry-level positions through progressive job advancement opportunities. Each of the five statewide pathways being developed will identify industry and occupational specific competencies for green jobs. Certificates will be developed where appropriate, enabling students to show evidence of technical skill proficiency to help qualify for a job or enhance employment opportunities. Oregon’s green career pathways are being developed to show education and training opportunities at all 17 of the state’s community colleges in a unified and interchangeable manner, a very different approach than the “one pathway at one college” system used for all previous pathways in the state.
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.
In 2009 and 2010, ATEEC facilitated a series of seven regional Energy Conversations. The primary purpose of the conversations was to obtain a snapshot view of existing and upcoming energy jobs and to determine which jobs are currently needed in different regions of the country, including the Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, and West. The resulting report on these Energy Conversations is intended to provide a preliminary labor market analysis and needs assessment. This information allows educational organizations to most effectively target regional energy industry requirements and to provide both short-and long-term education and training for the energy technicians of the 21st century workforce.
The State Labor Market Information Improvement (LMII) Grantee Symposium will be held April 28-29, 2011 at the Department of Labor (DOL) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Symposium will focus on the research and results gained by the State LMII grantees.
The Workforce Information Council (WIC) recently released the final report of its Green Jobs Study Group. The report is the first of its kind in providing key insights into green jobs definitions and analysis from various agency leaders who have already designed and executed studies to assess the green economy at the state level. As such, it is an immense resource for individuals working in labor market information, economic development, and applied research. There is, however, no single accepted definition for a green job, or an agreed-upon manner to analyze the green economy. This report details the thought process behind key green economy studies conducted at the state level, and lessons learned in how this ill-defined area of the economy is best studied. Key discussion items from the report include: • Before engaging in an analysis of the green economy, it is important to know what it is that you are trying to show in the study. Various state reports tackle the topic in different ways based upon the unique strengths and policy implications present. • Defining the terms of what entails a green job or green economic activity is not easy. States have defined the concepts in various ways. The report illustrates different definitions and provides guidance on how to establish definitions useful for measurement. • The survey method is common to quantify the green economy. The report provides guidance for an effective survey-based study, from the initial planning through the dissemination of the final report. • Depending on the purpose of the study, states are also using analytical and qualitative methods. Using data currently available and interview methods, states have compiled reports. Others, namely Michigan, have combined these methods with a survey in its analysis. • Areas for further development and an action plan for how to move forward with capturing green economy data in LMI are discussed.
The LMI Training Institute held a series of webinars discussing green jobs. This webinar focuses on managing a green jobs survey. Building on an earlier webinar (Green Jobs: Definitions and Analysis, Nov. 17, 2009), we will focus on a key component of a green jobs study: the survey. Few states have engaged in a green jobs survey to date, but with recent funding from ETA many states are proposing to do so during the next 18 months. This webinar will feature staff members from two of the first states to engage in green jobs surveys: Washington and Oregon. How did they go about designing their respective surveys, and what would they do differently with what they know now? What methods were used to ensure a sufficient response rate? How do their surveys differ, and why? What resources would they point other LMI agencies to? Presenters: Greg Weeks, Director, Labor Market and Economic Analysis, Washington Employment Security Department Charlie Johnson, Economist, Workforce and Economic Research, Oregon Employment Department
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 "Greening of the World of Work: O*NET Project's Book of References" update adds additional green references to those compiled from our initial research report on the green economy. Ongoing green activities, such as data collection on occupational and worker requirements for green occupations, and updating task lists for green occupations, contributed to this fall's update. Download this document from the O*NET Resource Center's "Research and Technical Reports" section
Want to know what is the Green Economy? What is a green job? A new report, The Future of the Green Economy: Grand Erie, Hamilton and Niagara in Ontario Canada answers those questions. The 64-page report defines what activities make up the green economy, while identifying what sectors of the Grand Erie-Hamilton-Niagara economic corridor show the most promise for the creation of green jobs. The six sectors are: agriculture, construction, manufacturing, utilities, transportation and warehousing, and waste remediation. "There's a lot of buzz about the green economy and green jobs, but there hasn't been any clarity about what those terms mean," said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, one of three partners on the project, along with the Hamilton Training Advisory Board and Niagara Workforce Planning Board. Click "view download" to read more.
On April 28 and 29, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) hosted the ARRA State Labor Market Information Improvement (LMII) Grantee Symposium. The Symposium focused on the research and results gained by the State LMII grantees. Attendees discussed and shared their outcomes with each other through two (2) full days of presentations, panels, and networking opportunities. The symposium agenda and speakers' presentations, along with an archive of audio and video feed of the panels and special presentations on both days is available for your use http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20110518-eta-greenjobs . The State LMI Improvement (SLMII) Grantee Symposium presentations and panel discussions are now available on YouTube and at: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/4101115146126722546/info
In June 2011 a study conducted by Middle Tennessee State University for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development was released. The study indicated that green jobs in Tennessee grew by 8 percent in 2010, far faster than the 1.2 percent average job growth rate statewide. The study also showed that more than 6,000 green businesses employed 43,800 workers last year and businesses in the survey said they plan to add 3,645 additional workers in 2011.
Michelle Melton is a Research Analyst with the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and our guest blogger this week. Read about Michelle's perspective on why it's hard to count green jobs.
Bonnie Graybill shares California's approach to understanding the green economy.
Charlie Johnson, Green Jobs Economist, Oregon Employment Department reflects on the future of green jobs research.
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.