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Title: Climate Change, Green Jobs What are the Connections for Adult Learners and ABEGEDESOL Programs


1
Climate Change, Green Jobs - What are the
Connections for Adult Learners and ABE/GED/ESOL
Programs?
  • Alex Risley Schroeder, Finding Earth Works, 2008

2
  • Occasionally something different happens, a
    collective awakening to new possibilities that
    changes everything over time how people see the
    world, what they value, how society defines
    progress and organizes itself, and how
    institutions operate. The Renaissance was such a
    shift, as was the Industrial Revolution. So, too,
    is what is starting to happen around the world
    today.
  • Peter Senge, The Necessary Revolution

3
Three points today
  • Something is happening that is more than green
    jobs its a big opportunity
  • Green jobs can happen and ABE students need to be
    ready theres a green edge
  • ABE programs have a key role to play its an
    invitation, well be part of making it happen

4
  • The New Dream The Third Wave of
    Environmentalism
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For
    All

5
  • So whats going on with the climate?

6
  • What is our energy situation today?

7
  • Hows our economy doing?

8
  • What are green jobs?

9
Apollo Alliances definition
  • Green-collar jobs are well paid, career track
    jobs
  • that contribute directly to preserving or
    enhancing
  • environmental quality.
  • range from low-skill, entry-level positions to
    high-skill, higher-paid jobs
  • include opportunities for advancement in both
    skills and wages.

10
Green-Collar Jobs 
  • Rebuild a strong middle class
  • Provide pathways out of poverty
  • Require some new skills (and some new thinking
    about old skills)
  • Tend to be local jobs
  • Strengthen urban and rural communities
  • Protect our health and the health of the planet
  • definition from Green For All

11
CA definition of green jobs
  • Green or clean is any activity or service that
    performs at least one of the following
  • Generating renewable energy
  • Recycling existing materials
  • Energy efficient product manufacturing,
    construction, installation, and maintenance
  • Education, compliance and awareness
  • Natural and sustainable product manufacturing

12
Industry sectors
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Material waste / Recycling /Deconstruction
  • Toxicity
  • Food / Agriculture
  • Water
  • Local production

13
Job Projections
14
MA Clean Energy Sector
  • 14,400 jobs in clean energy cluster
  • Now 10th largest industry in the state
  • Surveyed executives expect 30 job growth in
    renewable energy firms and 25 for energy
    efficiency firms over the next year.
  • Mass Clean Energy Industry Census Report, August
    2007, Mass Technology Collaborative

15
U.S. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Industries in 2030Source Management Information
Services, Inc. and American Solar EnergySociety,
2008.
16
Industry greening potential and future job
potential
  • Following sectors have both excellent greening
    potential and excellent long-term green job
    creation potential
  • Renewable energy
  • Mass transit / rail
  • Green buildings
  • Energy retrofit
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Recycling
  • Small scale agriculture / organic production
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Green Jobs report, UNEP, Sept 2008

17
We have to seriously look at fundamentally
rebuilding the economy. Youve got to use this
moment to retrain for jobs. Andrew Stettner,
National Employment Law Project
  • Stimulus bill includes 4.5 billion for job
    training
  • In current dollars, the nation devoted the
    equivalent of 20 billion to job training in
    1979, compared with only 6 billion last year.

18
Impact of the Stimulus Package
  • Funding for job training in clean energy and
    energy efficiency industries
  • Incentives to support the growth of clean energy
    industries
  • Investments in clean energy industries

19
What kinds of jobs?
20
There will be some new jobs others will be
refocused
21
Pollin, Green Recovery
  • Identified jobs in
  • Building retrofit
  • Mass Transit/Freight Rail
  • Smart Grid
  • Wind and Solar

22
Retrofitting
  • These include
  • insulation
  • air sealing
  • lighting
  • window replacement, boiler and HVAC system
    replacement
  • energy audit/analyst

23
Renewable energy
  • Solar power
  • Wind power
  • Hydropower
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal power
  • Installers
  • Maintainers
  • Designers
  • Manufacturing machining, sheet metal, lab tech
  • Power plant operators
  • Research and development

24
R. Pinderhughes green jobs case
studyIdentified 22 jobs with low bars to entry
in the Bay Area, CA
25
Building a competitive and equitable green
economy means investing in the backbone of
Americas labor force workers with more than
high school, but less than a four-year degree.
  • Green Collar Jobs in Americas Cities

26
the new energy economy will be built and
sustained by middle-skill workers in traditional
occupations.
  • Green Collar Jobs in Americas Cities

27
Sure specific skills are needed, but
  • Readiness to work
  • Basic skills in math, writing, communication, and
    analysis
  • Facility with computers
  • Concern about the environment and the community
  • Ability to communicate technically and plainly
    with customers
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change

28
And,
  • There is a premium on understanding the
    situation, systems thinking, making connections
  • Because this is a watershed time in our global
    economy/structure, a lot isnt yet known 
  • Key is being ready

29
Given this, what is the big opportunity for
abe/esol/ged learners?
  • To understand the real real world

30
How we have seen the world The real real
worldquote E.O. Wilson graphic Senge, The
Necessary Revolution
economy
environment
environment
society
society
economy
31
It fits across the curriculum
32
Science and Math
  • What is the carbon cycle? Why do we care about
    it, especially right now?
  • What is climate change? Peak oil?
  • World geography what is happening now as a
    result of climate change?
  • Energy usage calculations, gas mileage, energy
    cost comparisons

33
Individual Preparedness
  • Practical preparedness
  • Determining appropriate energy, resource
    conservation strategies
  • Being an informed consumer of products and
    information
  • Emotional preparedness
  • Dealing with uncertainty, fear, grief
  • Helping others

34
Work Readiness / Career Prep
  • Being work ready
  • Knowledge of how the economy is changing
  • Understanding local green industries
  • Understanding training and advancement
    possibilities
  • Being able to articulate the importance of
    green work

35
Civics and Community Preparedness
  • Understanding community solutions, like local
    energy production
  • Building collaborative responses
  • Advocacy and activism with elected officials

36
  • What are some jobs?

37
Industry greening potential and future job
potential
  • Following sectors have both excellent greening
    potential and excellent long-term green job
    creation potential
  • Renewable energy
  • Mass transit / rail
  • Green buildings
  • Energy retrofit
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Recycling
  • Small scale agriculture / organic production
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Green Jobs report, UNEP, Sept 2008

38
Small group questions
  • Is this job attainable for your students?
  • What are the curricular gaps you could fill?
  • Can you think of a local employer in this field?
  • Can you think of a local training entity that you
    might partner with to better prepare students?

39
  • What kinds of knowledge and skills are needed?

40
Examples of training
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Other CCs
  • Other training programs/vendors

41
Standards Certifications
  • Energy Efficiency
  • BPI Building Performance Institute
  • HERS Rater
  • Solar Energy
  • NABCEP
  • Others

42
  • Activities and resources

43
What can learners do
  • Gain a green edge
  • Be ready for (coming) jobs
  • Be ready for training and certification
  • Help address environmental challenges

44
What can programs do
  • Integrate the real real world into curricula
  • Teach systems thinking
  • Articulate and build partnerships for training
    and employment
  • Help address environmental challenges

45
What can help grow this economy?
  • National and state policy and regulation
  • Municipal policy and regulation municipal
    purchasing
  • Industry investment
  • Market demand
  • Citizen education and activism and advocacy

46
MA picture
  • Green Jobs bill Pathways out of Poverty
  • NE Clean Energy Council
  • Mass Technology Collaborative
  • Clean Tech Agenda
  • Community energy committees
  • Massachusetts Workforce Alliance
  • Mass Green Jobs Coalition
  • Mass Climate Action Network

47
Questions programs need to ask
  • How do we bring an understanding of the real
    real world into curricula?
  • How can we build connections to training for
    learners?
  • What other ways can we support students to get a
    green edge?

48
Finding Earth Works
  • Staff training on the green economy
  • Workshops for students
  • Facilitation for program/employer partnerships
  • Online resources www.findingearthworks.org
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