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.
The file contains a listing of Recovery Act grants awarded by the U. S. Department of Energy and the U. S. Department of Labor respectively.
In February 2009 the Austin Chamber of Commerce began efforts to coordinate a community-wide approach to green job education and training. The Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion team coordinated a “Green Job” Task Force to coordinate regional workforce training issues for the Austin and Round Rock areas of the state around the numerous opportunities in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. This Task Force report is a Community Roadmap that identifies, defines and sizes green collar job opportunities specifically for the Austin region. Although the data contained in the report is geographically-specific, the featured strategies and plans may serve as models for the many communities and regions with similar circumstances.
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.
On Monday and Tuesday, September 20-21, the Department of Education held the national Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. Approximately 300 participants spent two days discussing ideas and proposals for a national agenda to advance a sustainable economy through education. Participants came from federal agencies, higher education, career and technical education, community colleges, K-12 education, business, and environmental organizations.
Business and research professionals present bright ideas for Maui’s growing green industry and labor force. “We need to support businesses and programs… partnerships in green education and training.”
A 110MW solar power project to be built in Nye County, Nevada, will have at least 90% of its construction workforce coming from Nevada residents.
As many of Cleveland’s big corporate employers have left town over the last few decades – first U.S. Steel, then General Motors, then Westinghouse and General Electric – a cluster of long-running nonprofit institutions has remained intact on the city’s east side. Case Western Reserve University, the University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic all sit side-by-side there, occupying barely a square mile. By their very nature, none of them can pick up and leave. Case Western can’t flee to the suburbs. The Cleveland Clinic can’t relocate to Chicago.
FSCJ environmental program has created possibilities for new careers In 2007 Danny Cummings moved back to Jacksonville, his native city, to help care for his ailing his parents. He had spent two decades plus in the Marines and was working as a Ruby Tuesdays regional manager in Atlanta when he made the move. Back on the First Coast, though, he struggled. “To be honest with you, there weren’t a lot of good-paying jobs,” he said. Cummings, 48, bounced from one temporary job to the next. Each change chipped away at his confidence. Then in 2009, through a job-placement agency, he heard about a new program at Florida State College at Jacksonville offering free training for people interested in environmental work. He applied for a slot in the eight-week course and was accepted. “I was just blown away with the passion,” he said. “The passion for helping veterans, for helping anybody.” Cummings completed the course and landed a job helping clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This summer, the 11th and 12th classes are under way with 32 total students. They are broken into two groups: one of military veterans, one of non-military citizens. The program is funded through a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project, it targets military veterans. But anyone who is from Duval County and unemployed or under-employed, or working less than 20 hours a week, can apply. Applicants go through a formal interview process, drug screening, background check and must pass an adult basic education test. Pamela Scherer, the program’s general manager, said she and her staff focus on choosing applicants who show a genuine desire to work. Most students are in their 40s.
“Women Working in Environmental Protection” teleconference provided an overview of the industry today, including information on the workforce, career opportunities and pathways, and the future potential of the industry.
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.