Applications and Nominations Now Open for 2011 Green Jobs Award

Applications and nominations are now open for the 2011 Green Jobs Award. This program is produced by SJF Institute and Clean Edge with support from the Citi Foundation.  Companies with a business model that preserves or enhances environmental quality and at least ten employees and over $500,000 in revenue are eligible. Winners will receive recognition, media exposure and a package of pro bono business services provided by certified B Corporations.

The nomination deadline is May 31, and the application deadline is June 15.  Additional information is available on the Green Jobs Award website.

“National Clean Energy Summit 2.0: Jobs and the New Economy” is August 10th in Las Vegas

National Clean Energy Summit 2.0

National Clean Energy Summit 2.0: Jobs and the New Economy is an event that will take place on August 10.  This day-long event will bring together high-level industry leaders, scientists, policy experts, and public officials, along with citizens and the media, to help define a policy agenda to drive adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency in the U.S.  The event agenda is listed below.

This program is intended to build on two previous events: National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy (Washington, DC – February 2009) and the initial National Clean Energy Summit (Las Vegas, NV – August 2008).

National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 will take place at Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Additional information, including registration, is available at http://cleanenergysummit.org/


National Clean Energy Summit 2.0:
Jobs and the New Economy

AGENDA

9:00 AM Doors Open

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Roundtable: Building the Clean-Energy Economy
Welcome and opening remarks by:
– United Nations Foundation President, Former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO), Moderator
– Dr. Neal Smatresk, acting president, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
– Former Vice President Al Gore
– John D. Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Moderated discussions:
– The macro economic case for clean-energy investment
– Bringing energy-efficiency retrofits to scale
– Promoting the market for renewable energy and energy infrastructure

Participants include:
– Denise Bode – CEO, American Wind Energy Association
– Lucien Bronicki – Founder and Chairman, Ormat Technologies
– Dr. Stephanie Burns – CEO, Dow Corning
– Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
– Secretary Steven Chu – U.S. Department of Energy
– General Wesley Clark – Chairman, Growth Energy
– Former Vice President Al Gore
– Nevada State Senator Steven Horsford
– Van Jones – White House Council on Environmental Quality
– Rose McKinney James – Energy Foundation Board
– Aubrey McLendon – CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
– Terry O’Sullivan – General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America
– T. Boone Pickens – Boone Pickens Capital Management
– John D. Podesta – President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund
– Marc Porat – Serious Materials and Pegasus Investments
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
– Stevee Roell – President and CEO, Johnson Controls
– Keith Schwer – Director, UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research
– Secretary Hilda L. Solis – U.S. Department of Labor
– Danny Thompson – Executive Secretary Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO
– Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Los Angeles, California
– John Woolard – President and CEO, Bright Source Energy
– Michael Yackira – CEO, Nevada Energy
– Former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO) – United Nations Foundation, Moderator

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 PM Clean-energy policy community town hall:

Special remarks:
– President Bill Clinton

Participants include:
– Vice President Al Gore
– Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
– T. Boone Pickens
– John D. Podesta, Moderator

3:30 – 4:15 PM Closing remarks:
– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
– John D. Podesta – President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Michigan Green Jobs Conference to Take Place on May 11

Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow conference

Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow is the official green jobs conference for the State of Michigan. This event will take place on May 11 in Lansing and is presented by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG). The conference will bring together business, education and training, labor, environmental, community- and faith-based, and policy advocacy partners and stakeholders who are currently working on developing a green economy and talent base in Michigan. 

This all-day event will take place at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI (directions) and will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions.  You can review the conference agenda and online registration is available.

This conference is part of DLEG's $6 million green jobs initiative, which is desgined to:

  • Increase the number of green industries and businesses in Michigan.
  • Develop green education and training programs, spurring the growth of Michigan’s green economy.
  • Invest in worker education and training to prepare our workers for green jobs.
  • Support urban renewal by creating green jobs and training opportunities for a diverse mix of people.

DLEG is targeting these areas in its green jobs initiative:

  • Alternative Energy Production and Efficiency – including, but not limited to, jobs in wind energy; biofuels and bio-materials; solar storage and energy, energy efficiency, and advanced technology vehicles.
  • Green Building Construction and Retrofitting – including, but not limited to, jobs in energy efficient building, construction, and retrofits; energy efficiency assessment for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities; materials recycling and reuse; architecture and design; land use and site analysis; building materials; and construction/rehab.
  • Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation – including, but not limited to, jobs in food systems; green chemistry; water quality; forest, land, and water management; and brownfield redevelopment.

DLEG's green jobs initiative is part of Governor Granholm’s No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program. NWLB was announced on August 1, 2007 and has a goal of training 100,000 people in Michigan in three years for jobs in high demand occupations, emerging industries, or entrepreneurial endeavors.  NWLB provides up to two years of free tuition at any Michigan community college, university, or other approved training program, for qualifying participants.

For more information on the Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow conference:

Green Jobs is Focus of February 27 Meeting of White House Middle Class Task Force

As an update to this prior post, some additional details are available regarding the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force"), which will be taking place at the University of Pennsylvania on February 27th and focusing on green jobs.

According to the White House, the following will be among the questions that the task force will examine at this meeting:

  • How can we change Washington to make green jobs a political reality? (John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress)
  • How can we ensure access to green jobs to everyone? (Van Jones, founding President, Green for All)
  • How do we connect people who need jobs to companies that need people? (Fred Krupp, President, the Environmental Defense Fund)
  • How can the federal government help bring green jobs to the middle class? (Carol Browner, Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Climate Change)
  • What's the role of the labor movement in creating green jobs and training workers for them? (Leo Gerard, International President of the Steelworkers of America
  • How do you create green jobs in a city? (Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia)
  • How can public-private partnerships help train people for green jobs? (Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Authority)
  • What's the role for business? (Mark Edlen, President, Gerding-Edlen)

Meda outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer also have a preview of tomorrow's meeting.  For more information:

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Signed by President Obama; Recovery.gov Launched

Today, President Barack Obama signed economic stimulus legislation — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), in a ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  As described previously on Green Collar Blog, this legislation contains investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  Links at the end of this post provide access to the complete bill text.

The signing ceremony included comments from Vice President Biden, Colorado Govenor Bill Ritter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Namaste Solar CEO Blake Jones.  A number of these speakers highlighted the impact this legislation will have on creating green jobs.

In addition, the White House today announced the launch of Recovery.gov, which will provide information on where the funds from the legislation are going.

For more information:

Economic Stimulus Legislation Approved by U.S. Senate and Sent to President Obama

Update: This bill was signed into law on Tuesday, February 17.

Today, the U.S. Senate approved the compromise version of economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1). This version was created by a House-Senate conference committee that met earlier this week to resolve differences between the different versions of the bill that had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

As this legislation has already been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives it will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it by Monday, February 16.

As described previously, this legislation contains investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  The following links provide access to the complete bill text and related documents:

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Conference Committee Version of Economic Stimulus Legislation

Update: This bill was signed into law on Tuesday, February 17.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the compromise version of economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1). This version was created by a House-Senate conference committee that met earlier this week to resolve differences between the different versions of the bill that had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

This legislation contain investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs, including:

Smart Grid/Advanced Battery Technology/Energy Efficiency

  • Provides more than $30 billion for energy initiatives such as a new, smart power grid, advanced battery technology, and energy efficiency measures, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
  • Transforms the nation’s electricity systems through the Smart Grid Investment Program to modernize the electricity grid to make it more efficient and reliable.
  • Supports U.S. development of advanced vehicle batteries and battery systems through loans and grants so that America can lead the world in transforming the way automobiles are powered.
  • Helps state and local governments make investments in innovative best practices to achieve greater energy efficiency and reduce energy usage.
  • Spurs energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Tax Incentives to Spur Energy Savings and Green Jobs

  • Provides $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency over the next 10 years.
  • Includes a three-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for electricity derived from wind (through 2012) and for electricity derived from biomass, geothermal, hydropower, landfill gas, waste-to-energy, and marine facilities (through 2013).
  • Provides grants of up to 30 percent of the cost of building a new renewable energy facility to address current renewable energy credit market concerns.
  • Promotes energy-efficient investments in homes by extending and expanding tax credits through 2010 for purchases such as new furnaces, energy-efficient windows and doors, or insulation.
  • Provides a tax credit for families that purchase plug-in hybrid vehicles of up to $7,500 to spur the next generation of American cars. 
  • Includes clean renewable energy bonds for State and local governments.
  • Establishes a new manufacturing investment tax credit for investment in advanced energy facilities, such as facilities that manufacture components for the production of renewable energy, advanced battery technology, and other innovative next-generation green technologies.

Landmark Energy Savings at Home

  • Provides $5 billion for landmark provisions to improve the energy efficiency of more than 1 million modest-income homes through weatherization.
  • This will save modest-income families on average $350 per year on their heating and air conditioning bills. 

Repairing Public Housing and Making Key Energy Efficiency Retrofits to HUD-Assisted Housing

  • Provides more than $4 billion for increasing energy efficiency in federally-supported housing programs.
  • Specifically, establishes a new program to upgrade HUD-sponsored low-income housing (elderly, disabled, and Section 8) to increase energy efficiency, including new insulation, windows, and frames.
  • Also invests in energy efficiency upgrades in public housing, including new windows, furnaces, and insulation to improve living conditions for residents and lower the cost of operating these facilities.

Summary provided by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nanci Pelosi

For previous Green Collar Blog coverage of the economic stimulus legislation, please view these posts. The following links provide access to the complete bill text and related documents:

Economic Stimulus Legislation Approved by U.S. Senate and Sent to Conference Committee

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

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

As highlighted in these posts on Green Collar Blog, both versions of the bill contain investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  To view the complete bill text:

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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White House Middle Class Task Force to Focus on Green Jobs at First Meeting

Update (02/26): Additional information regarding this meeting is available.

On January 30th, President Barack Obama signed an Executive order creating a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force").  This task force is "a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America." Its stated goals are:

  • Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
  • Improving work and family balance
  • Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
  • Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
  • Protecting retirement security

Members of the task force are Vice President Biden, Chair; the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Commerce; the Directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council; and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.

The task force will have regular meetings and have outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities.  It intends to expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families.  Members of the public are invited to submit comments and ideas to the task force via a form on its website.

The task force has announced that its first meeting, which will take place on February 27th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will focus on green jobs. Green Collar Blog will provide additional information on this meeting as it becomes available.

For more information: