USGBC NJ Offers Free Green Building Training to Veterans and Unemployed

The US Green Building Council – NJ (USGBC NJ) has been awarded grants by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide fully funded green building training for NJ veterans and the unemployed.  Funding is also available for incumbent (employed) workers.  All courses offered in the USGBC NJ syllabus qualify under this grant.  

Veteran and unemployed grantees will also be given one year’s free membership to USGBC NJ to facilitate networking with the organizations 1,100 members.  The USGBC Study Guides are also provided as part of the grant, as well as reimbursement of the LEED Exam fees for those who pass the exam.

For additional information and application instructions, you can download this flyer or visit http://www.usgbcnj.org/education (scroll down the page).

Green Job of the Day: Project Engineering Manager (Two Openings), KDC Solar (Bedminster, NJ)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Project Engineering Manager
Organization: KDC Solar
Location: Bedminster, NJ

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here.

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With a strong background in the Power Industry, our firm is now embarking on a very aggressive program of commercial solar power installations in the New Jersey area. To provide support during installation, startup and into Operations we are looking to enhance our staff with talented project management/engineering personnel. Since our project pipeline is continuing to grow we are currently seeking two candidates.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should have 10 years of experience in the power or related industries and have functioned in project engineer/project manager or lead engineer roles. Our primary focus for this solicitation is degreed engineers, with strong Electrical and I&C backgrounds, and understanding of the financial impact of project management. The candidate will play a significant role in technical review and analysis of contractor proposals and serve to oversee and manage the work of solar contractors on commercial installations and insure installation is proceeding in accordance with specifications, good engineering practice and conformance with contract documents. Experience in the Solar Industry on the design, including PV modeling, and installation of roof mounted and ground mounted systems is certainly a positive and since one of these roles will ultimately evolve into a role in Operations and Maintenance Management, experience in that area would also be viewed as a plus.

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New Jersey Green Jobseekers Networking and Entrepreneurial Opportunities Fair to Take Place on May 21

The first New Jersey Green Jobseekers Networking and Entrepreneurial Opportunities Fair will take place on May 21.  This event, part of the 2009 Green Ventures Conference, will provide job seekers and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn about sustainable initiatives in New Jersey and network with business leaders.

"The goal of the green jobs networking session is to inspire people to shape and participate in new ventures and partnerships that are driving the new green economy," according to Conference chair Jonathan Cloud, director of the Sustainable Business Incubator. "It's a resource for anyone seeking to develop projects, discuss solutions and launch new initiatives."

This event is free and open to the public and will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ.  For more information, or to participate in this portion of the event, please contact Robb Kushner at 973-763-8844.

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).


CALIFORNIA – CONNECTICUT – FLORIDA – KANSAS – MARYLAND – MASSACHUSETTS – NEW JERSEY – NEW MEXICO – NEW YORK – OREGON – WASHINGTON – WISCONSIN

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.

Sincerely,

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California

Governor M. Jodi Rell
Connecticut

Governor Charlie Crist
Florida

Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Kansas

Governor Martin O'Malley
Maryland

Governor Deval Patrick
Massachusetts

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski
Oregon

Governor Christine O. Gregoire
Washington

Governor Jim Doyle
Wisconsin

cc:
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