Green Job of the Day: Campaign Jobs (DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.  For today's edition we're spotlighting multiple jobs available at Grassroots Voter Outreach, which has jobs in DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Job – Field Organizer.  View description for the following locations:

Video and Reports from First Meeting of White House Middle Class Task Force

As previously reported, the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force") took place on February 27th at the University of Pennsylvania and focused on green jobs.  A variety of materials from the meeting are available:

I. Video, Remarks, and Meeting Notes

A video of the meeting (the opening through the end of the first panel) is available via C-SPAN.

White House Middle Class Task Force Meeting #1 - Green Jobs 

Video coverage of the meeting has also been released by the White House:

Panel 1 – Green Jobs: What are They & How Can They Help the Middle Class
Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund; John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress; Van Jones, President and founder of Green for All

Panel 2 – Creating Green Opportunity: The Roles of Stakeholders
Governor Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania; Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; Leo Gerard, the International President of the Steelworkers of America; Cecilia Estolano, The Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles; Mark Edlen, President of Gerding-Edlen, a Green Development

The White House has also made available Vice President Biden's opening remarks and blog notes documenting the meeting's proceedings.

II. Reports and Presentations

The following are reports and presentations that were made available at the meeting:

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:

“Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” Report Provides Data for 12 States

In June, a report entitled Job Opportunities for the Green Economy was released.  This report includes employment and wage data in 12 states for jobs related to the following green sectors – building retrofitting, mass transit, fuel-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels.  The specific jobs examined in each sector are:

Building Retrofitting – Electricians, Heating/Air Conditioning Installers, Carpenters, Construction Equipment Operators, Roofers, Insulation Workers, Carpenter Helpers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Construction Managers, Building Inspectors

Mass Transit – Civil Engineers, Rail Track Layers, Electricians, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Bus Drivers, First-Line Transportation Supervisors, Dispatchers

Energy-Efficient Automobiles – Computer Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Welders, Transportation Equipment Painters, Metal Fabricators, Computer-Controlled Machine Operators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Operations Managers

Wind PowerEnvironmental Engineers, Iron and Steel Workers, Millwrights, Sheet Metal Workers, Machinists, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Industrial Truck Drivers, Industrial Production Managers, First-Line Production Supervisors

Solar Power – Electrical Engineers, Electricians, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Installation Helpers, Laborers, Construction Managers

Cellulosic BiofuelsChemical Engineers, Chemists, Chemical Equipment Operators, Chemical Technicians, Mixing and Blending Machine Operators, Agricultural Workers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Farm Product, Purchasers, Agricultural and Forestry Supervisors, Agricultural Inspectors

State-specific data is presented for Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In this report “green jobs” are defined as occupations that contribute toward building or producing goods to achieve a ‘green’ marketplace.  In addition, it links the idea that green jobs should be sustainable employment opportunities — that is, jobs that pay at least a living wage, offer training and promotional opportunities and some measure of security.

The report was authored by Robert Pollin and Jeanette Wicks-Lim of the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and commissioned by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It was released in cooperation with the Green Jobs for America Campaign, a partnership of the Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, United Steelworkers, NRDC and with the Center for American Progress and Green for All.

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy

For more information: