Center of Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) follow-up report to their Greener Pathways report. The report highlights some of the green programs, skills, and credentials available today. It focuses on the prominent certifications in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) published the "Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Education and Training Needs”. The report examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds that the speed with which employment will grow will depend in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce. Berkeley Lab researchers decided to examine whether education and training programs were adequate to meet the workforce needs of the next ten years. The study began in 2008, before the passage of the Recovery Act. The report defines an energy efficiency services sector (EESS) that consists of several distinct types of occupations. They include: * Program administrators who plan and manage energy efficiency projects and programs; * Energy efficiency consulting firms who assess facility energy use and recommend efficiency retrofits, implement energy efficiency programs, or who design homes and facilities to be energy-efficient; * Construction and installation firms and tradespeople who build new, or retrofit existing homes and buildings for energy efficiency; and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) who develop and construct comprehensive energy efficiency projects, and monitor and verify that energy efficiency retrofits deliver energy savings. The report was funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Permitting, Siting and Analysis.
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.
The report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on “Promoting Decent Work in a Green Economy,” which is comparatively short, appears to provide a number of country examples, addresses various sectors, and other timely issues such as OHS and green jobs and green jobs and women workers.
The West Ocala Green Jobs Training Project, sponsored by Central Florida Community College and Workforce Connection, the Workforce Investment Board for Florida’s Citrus, Levy, and Marion counties will serve approximately 35 unemployed or low income individuals interested in retraining for a career in solar installation or weatherization and retrofitting. The article describes the program and some of the grant and partnership development steps Workforce Connection has taken to respond to recessionary pressures in their community.
This is a case study conducted in Berkeley, CA regarding the job opportunities available in green businesses in the area for hard to employ populations. Concludes that opportunities are available and that the hard to employ can enter employment into green businesses.
The Green Jobs Corps is a collaboration among community-based organizations, unions, the City of Oakland, and private companies. It will provide local Oakland residents with job training, support, and work experience so that they can independently pursue careers in the new energy economy. The Green Jobs Corps will:
• Recruit participants and provide them with ongoing support; • Teach participants “soft” skills: general life skills necessary to be successful in any work environment; • Teach participants "hard" skills: specific required to work on new energy projects as a member of the Oakland Green Corps; • Provide participants with employment experience for a limited time on City-funded renewable energy and efficiency projects; • Support participants in transitioning from the Oakland Green Jobs Corps into independent employment.
An e-book, PowerPoint and Training Materials designed to help individuals explore and research green careers available in the Silicon Valley.
This report presents the second annual review of national data on the size of the renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) industries, the number of jobs these industries create, and the potential for their growth by 2030.
This fact sheet was developed by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (ESSI). According to research by Roger Bezdek for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries created a total of 8.5 million jobs (direct and indirect) in 2006; 450,000 jobs in RE and 8 million jobs in EE throughout the United States. As many as 1 out of 4 workers in the United States will be working in RE or EE industries by 2030. The 40 million jobs are not just engineering-related, but also include millions of new jobs in manufacturing, construction, accounting, and management.
Denver-based Veterans Green Jobs Alliance provides training opportunities for military veterans in the emerging "green jobs" sector. The Alliance has developed three pilot programs, in the states of Colorado, Louisiana, and Washington, which will begin in 2009. By supporting both veterans and the development of a green economy, the Veterans Green Jobs Alliance's work is restorative to veterans, to the economy, and to the planet.
This report, The Greening of Oregon’s Workforce: Jobs, Wages, and Training, produced by the Oregon Employment Department, shows that the state had an estimated 51,402 green jobs in 2008. The report, based on a survey of employers, found that green jobs accounted for three percent of Oregon’s private, state government, and local government employment. Green jobs were reported in all broad industry groups and were spread across 226 occupations. The survey defines a green job as one that provides a service or produces a product in:
This is a guide for cities to enhance one critical component of America’s shared prosperity: Training and employing people for the higher wage, family-supporting careers in the new clean, green, energy efficient job sectors. This city guide makes a strong case that pursuing a four-step strategy – essentially a metropolitan green business and jobs development plan – provides a wealth of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including what it calls “a pathway out of poverty” for thousands of unemployed, under-employed, and hard to employ people in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The report was prepared by the Apollo Alliance, Green For All, Center for American Progress and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
In California the Green Workforce Coalition (Coalition) is a community partnership organized by a local WIB in February 2008, whose mission is to guide the development of a skilled green workforce and a sustainable future. Article describes the partners, mission and objectives of the Coalition and could be instructive to workforce organi8zations seeking to implement “green” initiatives.
As the United States embarks on its journey toward a clean energy economy, the buzz about the promise of “green jobs” has gained momentum among politicians, media, community organizers, educators, and workforce development stakeholders. A new brief from the Heldrich Center, identifies the types of jobs and skills that will be in demand in this green future and the factors that are driving the new energy economy and the growth of its workforce. The brief also considers strategies for building competitive, flexible workforce systems that can respond to emerging employer needs and highlights best practices occurring around the nation.
The American Solar Energy Society estimates that in 2006 alone, renewable energy and energy efficiency were responsible for $970 billion in industry revenues and 8.5 million jobs. This number will grow exponentially if our nation commits itself in earnest to reducing carbon emissions and making economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency.
This publication, published by the Apollo Alliance focuses on local green jobs in clean energy industries-energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation, and low-carbon fuels. This report offers guidance on how cities can link residents to green-collar jobs: family-supporting, careertrack jobs in green industries and provides several examples.
A new study discusses exciting opportunities for the 98-county Mid-South Mississippi Delta region to harness its extensive renewable resources to drive economic development, workforce growth, and sustainable agricultural diversification and expansion. The report offers strategies for supplying renewable fuels and products industries, creating green jobs, expanding biodiversity and opening up new crop markers, and reducing negative environmental impacts.
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) has developed a Green Jobs Workforce Training Program, approved by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and accredited through Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. The organization is part of a consortium that includes the Environmental Justice Resource Center (Clark Atlanta University) and the Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund (L-AGC). The goal of the consortium is to deliver job training skills for the emerging Green Economy
As the automotive industry has fallen apart amid a severe drop in global demand, and Michigan's 11.6 percent unemployment rate is now the highest in the nation. This article describes the "No Worker Left Behind" program operated by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth and its partners by the which offers 2 years of tuition for unemployed and workers who earn less than $40K/year. The goal is to transition these workers into knowledge based and green industries. Article provides an example of a state wide training program that is targeted to the unemployed and incumbent workers in shrinking manufacturing industries and describes a new program, The Michigan Energy Corps, created to create workers in green industries.
New Jersey's Green Energy Academy introduces high school freshmen at Bloomfield Tech to "green" career opportunities within the traditional trades. Builders, welders, electricians, architects and engineers will all need to understand the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the future, and this program is creating student interest at a young age.
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 University of Massachusetts’ Political Economy Research Institute has released a new volume examining the “Green Economy.” Co-Director Robert Pollin and Assistant Research Professor Jeannette Wicks-Lim provide a snapshot of the kinds of jobs that are needed to build a green economy in the United States in “Job Opportunities for the Green Economy: A State-by-State Picture of Occupations that Gain from Green Investments.”
According to the research, the six green strategies are: building retrofitting, mass transit, energy-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels. Pollin and Wicks-Lim show that the vast majority of jobs associated with these strategies are in the same areas of employment in which people already work in today, in every region and state of the country.
The authors present data on employment conditions in twelve states: Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. For each state, they report the number of people employed in each of the occupations affected by the green economy strategies, and what the average wages are in each state for each of these jobs. They also describe the national employment picture for each of the job categories.
New Mexico has released the Green Jobs Cabinet Report which identified five major goals necessary for maximizing the state’s green economy potential, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and green workforce education. The Governor also issued an executive order which directs state agencies to help meet these goals. For example, the Department of Workforce Solutions will be asked to convene a Green Industry Council to help establish curricula in the public education system, among other tasks. The governor has also announced the release of a Green Jobs Guidebook, which provides information on green careers, education requirements and opportunities as well as other resources for those seeking green economy jobs.
The Fact Sheet new vehicle technology jobs and how the Department of Energy is supporting vehicle manufacturing jobs.
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.
California is once again striving to put itself at the forefront of the green community. Recently California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a new green economy initiative for Californians. To help Californians find employment opportunities in green industries, The Golden State has launched an all-new Clean Energy Jobs website.
In an effort to create a greener and more energy efficient state, Colorado has committed over $5 million to prepare its workforce for green industry careers. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and administered through the US Department of Labor, the Colorado State Energy Sector Partnership will work with local workforce investment boards, businesses, and Everblue Training Institute to catalyze job growth and awareness in the green energy sector.
The next Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Webinar was held Thursday, December 2, at 2pm EST (1pm CST, noon MST, 11am PST, 10am Alaska, 9am Hawaii) on Workforce Development. As the solar industry grows, Workforce Development is a dynamic field. In this webinar, three of today’s top experts in clean energy workforce development discussed trends and resources. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry. You can watch it here.
Napa businesses have discovered it’s good to be “green,” according to a new study released by the Napa County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Local business people, employers, educators, career counselors, job-seekers and others interested in the “green” economy are invited to a forum on March 7 where the report will be presented and attendees can take part in the discussion on local emerging green economy and the jobs it represents.
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.