The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties in New York is surveying local employers throughout the region as part of its effort to secure federal Recovery Act funding that can train area residents for green jobs
The Center for American progress has released a new resource entitled “New York City Green Collar Jobs Roadmap.” The Roadmap is a product of the Green Collar Jobs Roundtable, which was convened by Urban Agenda. The Roundtable was a participatory effort of over 170 job-training organizations, community-based programs, businesses, and labor unions that compiled data on green jobs and workforce development best practices while developing more than 30 recommendations for achieving the shared vision of a more sustainable, prosperous, and just New York City. The Roadmap includes recommendations related to green economic development, talent engagement and development, job creation, employer engagement, and partner collaboration.
The high cost of energy and the growing awareness to limit carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is creating a movement to "green" forms of energy throughout the United States and the world. Further, in 2006 alone, renewable energy and energy efficiency were responsible for $970 billion in industry revenues and 8.5 million jobs. The workforce development system can play a key role in this groundswell by building partnerships in the community that promote the development of "green" enterprises and provide the training and support needed to build a pipeline of skilled workers for these 'green-collar jobs. This article describes programs in Milwaukee, Chicago, Oakland, District of Columbia, and New York City that create economic and associated workforce solutions for this growing industry.
The New York State Department of Labor has announced the award of more than $2 million in stimulus funding for a new Emerging and Transitional Worker Grant program. The grants, awarded in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions, are part of a larger, $15 million statewide stimulus investment to give those with little or no connection to the workforce the skills necessary to successfully obtain employment and advance in their careers.
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 4th National Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, New York from March 8-10, 2011. The 2011 primary conference sponsor is the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is the primary organizer.
Blog by Adriana Villavicencio who writes the green jobs movement in New York City called Solar One, whose Workforce Training Program provides training primarily to Black and Latino men.
ARRA Pathways Out of Poverty grantee, PathStone in Rochester NY was profiled on May 13 on NPR's This American Life. Unemployment is 9 percent, but it's worst among high school dropouts and people with only a high school education. Adam went to a place that's trying to help them find jobs: an organization called Pathstone, in Rochester, NY. (8 minutes)
The 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund is training building superintendents in New York City to operate and maintain their buildings in the most energy efficient way possible. Click here to learn more about this program, and how their labor-management partnership is helping upskill an entire industry for a green 21st century.
Victor Nazario is a New York City building superintendent who graduated from the 32BJ Training Fund’s 1,000 Green Supers program. Click here to learn about Victor’s path to a green job.
Don’t miss the fourth national conference on educating the renewable energy and energy efficiency workforce. Mark your calendars for March 2011 and be part of the one national event that brings together innovative educators who are training today’s green workforce. This event offers the most current information on instructional strategies, curricula development, credentialing, and best practices for training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The two-day conference will present some of the best approaches and teaching models underway at community colleges, technical high schools, skill centers, the trades, industry and other training centers and organizations across the country. The conference will be preceded by one day of technical workshops, followed by a two-day conference packed with information for those offering or planning training programs (degree granting, certification, continuing education, public education, etc.) for the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets.