Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference to Take Place November 13 – 15 in Albany

The 5th National Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference will take place in Albany, New York from November 13-15, 2012.  This conference is organized by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and sponsored by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).

This conference will provide information on instructional strategies, curriculum development, credentialing and best practices for training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The program will feature three plenary sessions, over 60 breakout presentations, and five pre-conference technical workshops.  Complete conference information is available here.

Home Energy Retrofit Occupations (HERO) Program Offers Free Course on “Effective Green Business Marketing” at Skyline College

The Home Energy Retrofit Occupations (HERO) Program announces its next free training offering: Effective Green Business Marketing at Skyline College, June 21 – August 4 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 7:15pm). This class will focus on branding, networking, social media, customer cultivation and general marketing for the green economy.  This training is open to all dislocated, unemployed, veteran and incumbent workers who are eligible through the Workforce Investment Act.  For more information, please download this flyer (PDF).  Orientations will be held June 14th and 15th.  For more information, please contact Gina at HERO [at] smchsa.org

Free Green Job Training Available to Residents of Broward County, Florida

Residents of Broward County, Florida who are unemployed may be able to receive free green job training through the South Florida Green Jobs Collaborative.

Classes are now available for entry-level Weatherization Technicians, Solar PV Installers, advanced-level Solar PV Designer, Solar Thermal Designer, Building Analyst, and LEED Green Associate.  You can apply online to see if you qualify at http://www.oicofbrowardcounty.org/greenjobs or you can call 954-563-8386 for more details.

Discount Available to Upcoming Green Job Training Courses at CleanEdison

Happy Holidays!  Readers of Green Collar Blog can receive a 10% discount on upcoming courses from green job training provider CleanEdison. Use code "greenecon" when registering to obtain the discount:

CA – Los Angeles
BPI Envelope/Shell (12/6)

CA – Ventura
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

IL – Chicago
* BPI Multifamily Building Analyst (12/6)
* EPA Lead Renovator (12/6)

MA – Boston
BPI Building Analyst (12/6)

NC – Durham
Accredited Geothermal Installer (12/6)

NY – New York City
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

OH – Cleveland
LEED Green Associate (12/6)

San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair to Take Place on August 1

San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair

The San Diego Green Career Pathways Fair is an event that will take place on August 1. This half-day program will bring together local providers of green educational, training and apprenticeship programs as well as non-profit organizations, trade and labor groups, career coaches and business leaders to talk with people interested in starting or transitioning to a green job.  It will also provide information on upcoming local green employment projects, including those funded by the federal stimulus legislation.

This event will take place from 1:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. at the Price Center at UCSD (directions). This program is presented by Next Path, a San Diego career and workforce development company focused on green careers and sponsored by San Diego Renewable Energy Society, in collaboration with The San Diego Imperial Region Center of Excellence and The California Center for Sustainable Energy.

Text of U.S. Senate Economic Stimulus Legislation; Voting Expected This Week

Update: A revised version of this legislation was signed into law on Tuesday, February 17.

This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1). The U.S. Senate version (referred to as the Collins-Nelson Amendment or Amendment 570) differs from the legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  If the U.S. Senate approves its version, a conference committee will be convened to create a single bill that will be presented to both chambers of Congress for consideration.

The U.S. Senate version of economic stimulus legislation contains a variety of investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  A summary of some of these investments (as prepared by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee) are:

$39 billion to the Department of Energy for development of clean, efficient, American energy. The Bill invests in boots-on-the-ground projects and activities that get people back to work as well as energy research, demonstration, and deployment that will provide for our future and assure a cleaner environment.

  • A total of $2 billion is provided in grant funding for the manufacturing of advanced batteries systems and components and vehicle batteries that are produced in the United States, including advanced lithium ion batteries, hybrid electrical systems, component manufacturers, and software designers. Batteries are central to our efforts to decrease the oil dependence of our vehicles.
  • An additional $2.6 billion is for energy efficiency and renewable energy research, development, demonstration and deployment activities to accelerate the development of technologies that will diversify the Nation’s energy portfolio and contribute to a reliable, domestic energy supply. Biofuels, geothermal, water, wind, solar, and efficiency projects will be deployed to demonstrate and improve our use of renewable energy.
  • $4.2 billion is provided for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants.
  • $1.6 billion is provided for grants to make schools and hospitals, significant users of energy, more energy efficient.
  • $2.9 billion is available for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • There is $4.6 billion for Fossil Energy research and development, including $2 billion for one or more near-zero emissions, $1 billion for the Department’s Clean Coal Power Initiative Round III  Funding Opportunity Announcement and $1.6 billion for a competitive solicitation for projects that demonstrate carbon capture from industrial sources.
  • The Bill provides $350 million for grants administered through the Clean Cities program of the Department for acquisition and alternative fuel or fuel-cell vehicles once again decreasing our dependence on foreign oil.
  • The Bill provides $200 million for grants to states to plan and deploy electrical infrastructure projects that encourage the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles and for near term large-scale electrification projects aimed at the transportation sector, including seaports.
  • The State Energy Programs are provided $500 million.
  • The bill has a significant focus on the transmission system. This is in recognition of the fact that over the past decade electricity demand has grown by 20%, but transmission capability has only increased 5%. Further, as we push to get more renewable energy sources on line we will need to build out our bulk transmission lines to get stranded renewable energy on line. These stranded renewable resources are mainly in the west and the Great Plains.
  • With this recognition the bill includes $4.5 billion for smart-grid related activities, including work to modernize the electric grid, enhance security and reliability, perform energy storage research, development, demonstration and deployment, and provide worker training. A smart-grid will help create greater energy efficiency, reliability, and security.
  • A total of $8.5 billion is provided for new loan guarantees aimed at standard renewable projects such as wind or solar projects and for electricity transmission projects.
  • $6.5 billion of increased borrowing authority is provided to the Bonneville and Western Area Power Administrations ($3.25 billion each) to pursue the construction of new transmission and upgrading of electric power transmission lines and related facilities necessary to deliver power generated by renewable energy resources. WAPA and BPA will be critical entities in our push to bring large new sources of renewable energy on to the grid.

GSA Federal Fleet: $300 million to replace older motor fleet vehicles owned by the Federal Government with alternative fuel automobiles that will save on fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Green Buildings: $2.5 billion for repair of federal buildings to increase energy efficiency using green technology. Funding will help eliminate the backlog of $8.4 billion in building repair projects.

$613 million for energy efficiency upgrades and construction of alternative energy projects, including wind and solar power and photovoltaic roof systems, at Department of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the Federal government, and has made energy conservation a key component of new construction. As well as contributing to energy efficiency and innovation within the Department of Defense, energy-related military construction funding has the potential to stimulate construction and manufacturing jobs in the energy and alternative energy industry. Defense Department energy construction funding includes the following:

  • Energy Conservation Investment Program: $118.5 million for energy conservation projects, energy upgrades, and construction of alternative energy projects such as wind power and photovoltaic systems at military installations Department-wide.
  • Navy Energy Construction and Improvements: $494.4 million for Navy energy efficiency upgrades and construction of alternative energy projects, including wind and solar power and photovoltaic system installation.

$400 million for rural business initiatives including development of renewable energy.

  • Biorefinery Assistance: $200 million for loans and grants to assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of advanced biofuels.
  • Rural Business Programs: $150 million to support $3 billion in loans and grants to support income and employment expansion through improved business opportunities in rural areas. These programs serve as the primary USDA tools for business development in the rural sector and are made available to rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less. As sources of private credit have become more restrictive the demand for these programs has gone up. Additionally, the Small Business Administration has reduced its lending, shifting interest to these programs. It is estimated these funds will create 34,600 private sector jobs.
  • Rural Energy for America Program: $50 million for loans and grants to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development for agricultural producers and rural small businesses. These funds are used by agricultural producers, rural small businesses, and rural schools to become more energy efficient and to use renewable energy technologies and resources through investments in renewable energy systems and other energy efficient systems. It is estimated these funds will create 1,600 private sector jobs.

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Green California Community Colleges Summit to Take Place October 8 – 9

Green California Community Colleges Summit

On October 8 – 9, a conference entitled Green California Community Colleges Summit will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Some sessions at the conference will focus on themes relevant for green collar jobs, including "Educating the New Green Workforce" and "Meeting Current and Evolving Workforce Needs for the Green Economy."

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Green Collar Job Training Curriculum Announced in Washington, DC

Green Builders Council of DC

On August 20th, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Councilmember At-Large Kwame Brown, and the Green Builders Council of DC unveiled a green collar job training curriculum for the local construction industry. This curriculum will train students and workers in DC public schools, apprenticeship programs, and training facilities to be skilled in the following areas:

  • Recognizing the challenges that construction presents to the environment
  • Understanding the life cycle phases of a building and their impacts on the environment
  • Identifying eco-friendly alternatives to conventional building practices and understanding the costs and benefits of those alternatives
  • Understanding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating process and being able to apply construction practices that contribute to a building’s LEED rating.

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, participants will earn industry-recognized credentials that can help them gain employment at green building projects in DC.

The Green Builders Council of DC and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) commissioned the Sustainable Facilities and Infrastructure Research Team of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech University to develop this curriculum.  It has been endorsed by the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Advantage.

This announcement is also a manifestation of the work of DC’s Green-Collar Jobs Advisory Council, which was created in 2007 by Mayor Fenty to determine how the District of Columbia could better prepare its workforce to participate in the green-building boom.  Also of note, Washington, DC has a law (the Green Building Act of 2006) which requires all publicly-funded (and eventually all privately-funded) new building construction in DC to meet various LEED requirements.

According to an article in the Washington Business Journal, the new curriculum will be taught beginning this September at the Academy of Construction & Design at Cardozo Senior High School, with more than 100 students expected to take the course in its initial year.

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