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 The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America

The clean energy economy, still in its infancy, is emerging as a vital component of America’s new economic landscape. That’s the finding of The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America, a groundbreaking analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts that sheds light on an increasingly important part of the nation’s economic recovery. This report reflects the intersection of two of Pew’s lines of work. The Pew Center on the States identifies and advances effective approaches to improve states’ fiscal health and economic competitiveness, and the Pew Environment Group promotes practical, meaningful policy solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

 Pennsylvania Green Jobs Report

Pennsylvania is investing in industries and technologies that will create new jobs and transform old ones. They are improving access to education and training in emerging industries and occupations for our workforce, and we are cultivating partnerships among employers in industries with green potential. By doing so, Pennsylvania is making progress toward accomplishing our three-fold goal of more green jobs, a stronger economy and a healthier planet. The Pennsylvania Green Jobs Report is part of the process. It looks at how we identify green jobs, how they categorize them and it delivers some projections of where employment in these careers – and the industries of which they’re part – is headed. This report also examines how government – state and federal – is working with the private sector to make good policy and wise investments to help speed economic recovery and position Pennsylvania as the green economic leader it should be.

 Greener Skills: How Credentials Create Value in the Clean Energy Economy

This report is not an inventory. It does not attempt to catalogue the fast emerging and rapidly evolving field(s) of “green.” Even as it delineates prominent national credentials in selected clean energy sectors, its purpose is larger: to suggest a rational framework for human capital development in a greening economy, and to make the case for a national policy of portable, transparent, consistent, industry-specific credentials (and the state supported pathways up to them)

.  PWIB Infosheet on Green Job Sectors in SE PA

This infosheet from the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (PWIB) defines green job sectors and projected green job growth in Southeast Pennsylvania.

Growing the Green Jobs Boom

Green For All teamed up with GOOD Magazine to show how Recovery dollars are being spent around the country to make buildings and communities more energy efficient.

New Mexico Green Jobs Cabinet Report

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.

 Green Jobs Guidebook: Employment Opportunities in the New Clean Economy

The Green Jobs Guidebook is a resource for job seekers, guidance counselors, career advisors, policy makers and anyone else interested in knowing about the tremendous potential of California’s existing and growing green jobs marketplace. The Guidebook is an expansive listing of green jobs throughout the California economy that includes job descriptions, salary information, minimum education requirements, potential certifications, employer types, job market growth potential, and much more.

This document is the product of a two-day meeting, convened by Green For All, where workforce development practitioners began to identify the best practices and resources that make effective workforce development projects in green jobs. By the end of the two-day meeting, this working group had identified five keys to success for green workforce development. These keys, when combined with effective leadership and staff, help these programs serve the workers the programs train, the businesses and industry they support, and the environment they aim to protect. This document is meant to guide and support anyone seeking to create pathways out of poverty through green job training.

 Building a Green Economy: Green Collar Job Development Initiatives in the Delaware Valley

This report highlights existing green collar job initiatives in the Delaware Valley that can serve as examples and foundations for a comprehensive, regional strategy of developing a successful “green collar workforce.” It is not intended to be a complete anthology of every project that is underway in the Philadelphia region. Rather, the goal was to start to collect the pieces of the puzzle and lay them side by side so that stakeholders can see what organizations are currently training green-collar workers, what companies are hiring them, what players have the capacity to support new initiatives and what new projects are on the horizon.

 Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy

This report outlines a green economic recovery program to strengthen the U.S. econ­omy over the next two years and leave it in a better position for sustainable prosperity. They detail how to expand job opportunities by stimulating eco­nomic growth, stabilizing the price of oil, and making significant strides toward fight­ing global warming and building a green, low-carbon economy. This green economic recovery program would be a down payment on a 10-year policy program recom­mended by the Center for American Progress in its 2007 “Progressive Growth” series, which lays out an economic strategy for the next administration and includes the report, “Capturing the Energy Opportunity: Creating a Low-Carbon Economy,” by John D. Podesta, Todd Stern, and Kit Batten. That report details how the transformation to a low-carbon economy would result in sustainable economic growth.

 Green Pathways Out of Poverty: Workforce Development Initiatives

This document is the product of a two-day meeting, convened by Green For All, where workforce development practitioners began to identify the best practices and resources that make effective workforce development projects in green jobs. By the end of the two-day meeting, this working group had identified five keys to success for green workforce development. These keys, when combined with effective leadership and staff, help these programs serve the workers the programs train, the businesses and industry they support, and the environment they aim to protect. This document is meant to guide and support anyone seeking to create pathways out of poverty through green job training.

Philadelphia Mayor’s Office on Sustainability Green Job FAQ Website

This link connects you to the Frequently Asked Questions page for the City of Philadelphia’s Greenworks website. Answered questions range from the basics of the green economy, to how a contractor can work with the City on its green initiatives.

 Inclusion in the Workforce: Positioning the Pittsburgh Region to Prosper and Compete

This report reviews hard numbers and compelling themes that show equity and inclusion are directly tied to a region’s economic health. The report analyzes racial disparities in employment in our region, reviews the critical role that a diverse workforce plays in improving economic competitiveness, and features numerous recommendations on how the Pittsburgh region can work to remove structural and attitudinal barriers to reduce its racial employment disparity. Recommendations revolve around three principle themes: (1.) Promoting job growth in a diversity of living-wage sectors; (2.) Helping African Americans overcome systemic barriers to employment; and (3.) Generating demand for diverse employees.

Greening of Registered Apprenticeship – Environmental Scan Report

This report is an environmental scan of the impact of recent policies and investments supporting “green jobs” on current and potential Registered Apprenticeship and other labor management training programs. The scan highlights the trends, activities, and changes that are underway in several key industries that will likely make up a significant portion of the emerging green economy.

Winning the Race: How America Can Lead the Global Clean Energy Economy 

This policy brief explores the progress being made to date in building a comprehensive U.S. clean energy economy that includes business growth and jobs not only in the installation, operation and maintenance of clean energy systems, but also in the manufacture of next-generation energy products and components that will be demanded worldwide. It includes original research on the wind and solar manufacturing companies that received support under the Recovery Act’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program to examine the direction of U.S. clean energy manufacturing.

Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations

This report summarizes the recent research to investigate the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements in an effort to determine their impact on current O*NET-SOC occupations and to identify new and emerging (N&E) occupations that may be considered as potential candidates for inclusion in the O*NET-SOC system. The report is organized in three sections. Section I describes the occupational implications of the green economy and its associated activities and technologies. Section II focuses on important occupational staffing implications within different sectors of the green economy. Section III describes the methodology and results of this research, including identification of current O*NET-SOC occupations impacted by the green economy and specific green economy N&E occupational candidates.

  Good Jobs, Strong industries, A Better Pennsylvania: Towards a 21st-Century State Economic Development Policy

This report, from the Keystone Research Center, suggests that, against the backdrop of this sharp economic downturn, there is an opportunity to reinvent how Pennsylvania invests in economic development. The report makes the case for focusing economic development investments on growing and developing innovative clusters of Pennsylvania businesses, rather than harvesting companies from other states.
A Clean Energy Bargain: More Jobs, Less Global Warming Pollution,and Greater Security for Less Than the Cost of a Postage Stamp

 Environmental Justice and the Green Economy

This report describes a shared vision for a just and sustainable economy, and highlights grassroots environmental justice successes in our communities. We hope to stimulate discussion and build consensus around the idea that sustainability and justice must be simultaneous results; that one simply cannot happen without the other. As this report demonstrates, although environmental justice communities may have emerged from a shared opposition to unjust and polluting practices, many have moved into proactively exploring alternative energy solutions, community driven decision making, and urban design discussions with partners in the public and private sectors. These solutionbased approaches are aimed not only at minimizing environmental degradation, but also building community political power and enhancing overall quality of life.

 The New Energy Economy: Putting America on the Path to Solving Global Warming

This report discusses the serious and urgent challenges rooted in the way that the US, and the world, fuel and power their economies. It discusses the threats arising from global warming and 6 big opportunities to transform the US energy sector. Finally, the report lays out three NRDC policy recommendations to curb global warming.

 Green Cities: How Urban Sustainability Efforts Can and Must Drive America’s Climate Change Policies

This report is Living Cities’ effort to showcase and support the innovative ways in which cities are creating an equitable green economy. In an effort to inform and shape the coming wave of investment in sustainability, Living Cities conducted a thorough survey of programs and policies in 40 of the nation’s largest cities, spoke to dozens of experts in the field and studied a series of initiatives at the local level. They found that cities did not wait for action from the federal government or even their state governments to begin to turn themselves into green “laboratories,” testing ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and to build healthier, cleaner, more sustainable environments.

 Local Living Economies: The New Movement for Responsible Business

This paper discusses the necessity for sustainable local economies throughout the world, and how corporate globalization is causing the decline of local communities, local businesses, family farms, and natural habitats. It talks about how Progressive business leaders are uniquely positioned to articulate a new vision for business and direct the energy of concerned consumers, entrepreneurs and young people toward creating a positive future for our world.

 

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