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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 [email protected] 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.