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The Role of the
Government in
Advancing the Green
Economy
Solar Jobs
Clean Energy
Sales
Why Green Jobs?
Global Warming and Climate
Change is a major concern and
should be at the
top of our educational and
workforce initiatives and public
priority.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
http://www.scorecard.org/
Rising Above the Gathering Storm
Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for
American Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of
Engineering, Institute of Medicine
FINDINGS
Having reviewed trends in the United States and abroad, the
committee is deeply concerned that the scientific and
technological building blocks critical to our economic
leadership are eroding at a time when many other nations are
gathering strength.
By 2010 … if current trends continue … more than 90% of the
world’s scientists and engineers will be living in Asia.
Although US fourth graders score well against international
competition, they fall near the bottom or dead last by 12th grade in
Mathematics and Science, respectively.
56% of engineering PhDs in the US are awarded to foreign-born
students.
Past 3 years alone, China & India have doubled production of 3- and
4-year degrees in engineering, computers science and IT, while the
US production of engineers is stagnant and CS and IT have doubled.
The Green Revolution Begins at Home
The pipeline to the Green workforces begins at the
elementary level.
• Teach sustainability literacy so it will no longer be considered
optional
• Challenge and engage students with real-world environmental
situations so they can be part of the solutions
• Provides a platform and a context for learning that is a meaningful
and relevant to their life
• Green education inspires students and impacts change in the
community
History
Sociology
Green Building Industry
Green Products, Manufacturing and Industrial Processes
Civic Responsibility
Systems Thinking—Engineering and Mathematics
Renewable Energy
Alternative Transportation systems
Sustainable Design
Waste management
Agriculture and Nutrition
Health and Security
Environmental Ethics and Environmental Discrimination
Green Collar Career Education
Financial and Green Investments
Green Technologies and Innovation and Invention
What is Sustainability?
Understanding Sustainability … A Prerequisite for
all Green Jobs
The United Nations Definition of Sustainability
”Sustainable Development is development that meets the
needs of the present without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their own needs" Sustainable
development is a balance of three dimensions: Environmental
Protection, Economic Growth and Social Development.
Environment
Planet
Profit
Economy
People
Society
Definitions of Green Collar Worker:
green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the
environmental sectors of the economy. Environmental greencollar workers (or Green Jobs) satisfy the demand for green
development. Generally, they implement environmentally
conscious design, policy, and technology to improve
conservation and sustainability.
Green jobs involve environmentally
friendly products and services or
businesses and organizations that
concern themselves with
improving the environment.
NJ BPU
Green jobs can be broadly defined as jobs
that involve protecting wildlife or ecosystems,
reducing pollution or waste, or reducing
energy usage and lowering carbon
emissions.
Rutgers
According to The Center for American Progress Green Recovery
Green Jobs will:
Create 2 million new jobs nationwide over two years
Reduce the unemployment rate
Bolster employment especially in construction and manufacturing
Provide opportunities to rebuild career ladders through training, retraining and
workforce development
Help lower oil prices
Contribute to the reconstruction of local communities and public infrastructure all
across America, setting us on a course for a long-term transition to a low-carbon
economy that increases our energy independence and helps fight global warming.
Green Jobs Forecast
• The shift away from convention energy production to avoid emission of green
house gases will cause a transformation of existing jobs to clean energy
related jobs
• Existing Jobs will require additional training of “green skills”
• A large number of green jobs will require a professional certificate or
postsecondary education. (a highly qualified green workforce)
• With new technologies, innovations and inventions on the horizon, many
green jobs do not exist yet and will need to be created to meet societal
needs
• Corporate and labor unions retraining programs
• Increased global population, a decrease of available resources and climate
change
The Road to Green Jobs
• Sustainability Literacy at the elementary school level
• The pipeline for green jobs begins at the middle school level with green
career exploration
• Vocational and Technical Schools
• Imbedded within High School Core Curriculum Content Standard
• After school programs, senior capstone projects, service learning
and internship programs
• College and University degree and Continuing Education Programs
• Grant funding to develop curriculum and training for teachers
Resources
Rutgers
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
Preparing the Workforce for a “Green Jobs” Economy
http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/News/NewsDetail.aspx?id=1604
New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools
http://www.njccvts.org/
Green Collar Careers Advisory Committee
Resources
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
State of NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
NJ Green Job Training Program Receives Funding from Conserve to Preserve Foundation
YouthBuild USA Green Initiative
AFL CIO Green Jobs
NJ Energy Master Plan Green Jobs Fact Sheet
Green Jobs Websites
Alternativeenergy.com
Green Jobs For America
CleanLoop
AFL-CIO Daily US Labor Press Clips
ClimateBiz
Greenwire
Green Job List
Green Job Search
YouTube on green jobs
Green Jobs Websites
Careers in Renewable Energy
The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: Environmental Work For A
Sustainable World
Ellen Weinreb’s Job Search Sites
AlternativeEnergy.com’s Green Job Listings
Environmental Career Center
Environmental Career Opportunities
Green Energy Jobs
Environmental Jobs Links
Organizations
Blue Green Alliance
California Labor Federation
Center For American Progress
Change To Win
Economic Policy Institute
United Steel Workers
Sierra Club
Urban Agenda
Green Worker Cooperatives
IBEW
Natural Resources Defense Council
Service Employees International Union
Ella Baker Center For Human Rights
Green For All
Blogs
Bright Green Blog
Business of Green
Climate Crisis Coalition
Dot Earth
Energy Smart
EnviroWonk
Green Business
Green Collar Blog
Gristmill
Society of Environmental Journalists
The Yale Forum On Climate Change & The Media
Treehugger
John Henry
Educational Information and Resource Center
(EIRC)
USGBC-NJ Chapter Green School Advocate
jhenry@eirc.org
Definitions:
A broad spectrum of technical and
professional careers that helps improve the
environmental quality of the planet,
contributes to off-setting global warming,
which results in a sustainable, healthy and
eventually a regenerative way of life for all
people.