MARC Green Consortium Releases Green Jobs Report and Website for DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (MARC)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative's (MARC) Green Consortium (a group of workforce and education leaders from DC, Maryland and Virginia) announced earlier this month the release of green workforce research reports and green job search resources at This project was funded through a $4 million competitive grant from the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The research reports, Green Data for a Growing Green Economy, include the following findings:

  1. The green economy represents an estimated $34.8 billion in terms of DC, Maryland, and Virginia's gross regional product or GRP;
  2. 8-9% of region's employers with more than one employee have green jobs;
  3. 235,600 green jobs exist in the region and that number is expected to grow by 12% in the next two years;
  4. 50% of green jobs were concentrated in the construction, technical services, and education/policy sectors although green jobs were found in 300+ industries;
  5. The greatest number of green jobs are in energy efficiency and energy conservation;
  6. Green growth is projected in construction, professional, scientific, technical services and support, and waste management services;
  7. 75% of the region's green employers offered on-the-job training (OJT) for workers;
  8. 6,500 green jobs were available at the time of the mid-2010 survey and most openings did not require a degree;
  9. Jobs requiring a BA degree or above accounted for 69% of green employment in DC, 23% in Maryland, and 26% inVirginia; and
  10. In DC, the largest gaps (shortages of trained applicants for green jobs) are in the life, physical and social science, architecture and engineering, and business and financial operations occupations while in Maryland and Virginia, the business and financial operations and computer and mathematical occupations are more heavily impacted. 

A range of resources for job seekers and employers are available on the website, including a job search tool, a list of education and training providers, and information on job market trends. 

Governors of 12 States Send Letter to President Obama Requesting Energy and Climate Strategy Meeting

On January 29th, twelve state governors sent a letter to President Obama, requesting "a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century."

The full text of the letter follows below (a PDF version of the letter is also available).


Office of the Governors

January 29, 2009

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

In your message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in November, you spoke ofa new chapter in America's leadership on climate change. You stated that "delay is no longer an option" and "denial is not an acceptable response." You offered that "any governor willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House." As governors ofstates that have been proactive on climate change and clean energy issues, we welcome the opportunity to take you up on that offer. We ask to meet with you and your energy and environment leadership team as soon as possible to forge a new, dynamic partnership ofstate, local and federal leaders that will be critical to addressing climate change and leading our country toward a clean energy economy.

It is crucial that we build on our states' momentum. In the absence of federal leadership, we led the way in building an American climate change and clean energy policy from the ground up. Working with local communities and private businesses, we've pursued policies that focus on green jobs, renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

We believe a successful national program will build on the work our states have done so far and will follow the same principles that guided our efforts. Specifically, it should:

  • Set ambitious goals to achieve national emission reductions to avoid dangerous
    interference with the climate system.
  • Couple market mechanisms, such as an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, with flexible perfonnance standards and incentives for developing and deploying clean, efficient, low-emission technologies.
  • Use the value inherent in emissions allowances to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and take advantage of the states' expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, green job creation and assistance to municipalities and less advantaged, vulnerable populations so that all citizens can reap the benefits of a sustainable clean energy future.
  • Preserve and enhance state and local authority to continue implementing innovative measures and programs that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions.
  • Recognize the value of private investments made under existing state and regional capand-trade programs and ensure that state clean energy programs funded by the auction of allowances issued under those programs are preserved.

We applaud your call to enact a strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policy, and we are committed to helping develop a policy that harnesses the experience, efficiency and creativity of programs at the local, state and regional levels. To this end, we write to request a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century. We look forward to working with you.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor Christine O. Gregoire

Governor Jim Doyle

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
The Honorable Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

Washington Metro Green Job Fair to Take Place on February 27, 2009

Washington Metro Green Job Fair

On February 27, 2009 the Virginia Sustainable Building Network and Green Careers Center will present the Washington Metro Green Job Fair.  Program highlights will include: 

  • Employers in the energy and environmental fields with both “hands on” and policy jobs.
  • Presentations on the new federal economic recovery initiatives and the potential for Green Job growth in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland.
  • Ideas on job skills and academic background necessary for the new Green economy.

This event will take place from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia (Near the Ballston Metro Station).  For more information: