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 webinar series discussion green jobs. This webinar is the first of several webinars and focuses on the definition of green jobs. Policy makers around the country are focusing on the Green Economy, posing challenges to LMI staff in terms of how to best define what a green job is, and how to quantify the number of green jobs in their state. With no boilerplate to follow, states are taking on this challenge in different ways. This session will provide examples of how states are using surveys and other research methods to quantify green jobs, and the ways in which green job definitions vary state-to-state. The panel will be made up of individuals running these studies at the state level. Presenters include: Bonnie Graybill, Deputy Division Chief, Porgram and Local Information Section, California Labor Market Information Division Rick Waclawek, Director, LMI & Strategic Initiatives, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
etroit Green Works Solutions has transformed a 6,400-square-foot building located at 2715 Bagley into a job training center. Formerly the headquarters of Disenos Iron Works (which relocated elsewhere in Southwest Detroit) and the Bagley Housing Association (now part of Southwest Housing Solutions), it now houses a classroom, computer lab, displays, a hands-on workspace and offices for the program's six staffers.
-The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office and the Upper Michigan Green Aviation Coalition hosted an SBA press conference on January 11, 2011 at Sawyer International Airport, 225 Airport Avenue, Gwinn, MI 49841 to announce SBA support of a regional economic development and job creation effort.
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis commended the Laborers' International Union of North America today for training workers to get green jobs. The construction workers union, with about 9,000 to 10,000 local members, is training members and non-members at its Michigan Laborers' Training & Apprenticeship Institute to build environmentally friendly transportation systems, energy infrastructure and green buildings.
Last week at Lansing Community College- West Campus, 90 participants from across the state of Michigan participated in the first Greenforce Initiative summit. With 15 community colleges represented, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations and small-to- large green businesses the excitement in the room was hardly contained.
The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, which is dedicated to training low-skilled metro Detroiters for the jobs of the future, announced today a partnership investment of more than $600,000 with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, a nonprofit that works to address environmental contamination issues faced by low-income individuals. As a direct result of the partnership investment, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice will begin training 105 unemployed and disadvantaged Detroit residents in the skills needed to perform hazardous waste remediation.