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Climate Change, Green Jobs - What are the Connections for Adult Learners and ABE/GED/ESOL Programs? Alex Risley Schroeder, Finding Earth Works, 2008.

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1 Climate Change, Green Jobs - What are the Connections for Adult Learners and ABE/GED/ESOL Programs? Alex Risley Schroeder, Finding Earth Works, 2008

2 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org “Occasionally something different happens, a collective awakening to new possibilities that changes everything over time – how people see the world, what they value, how society defines progress and organizes itself, and how institutions operate. The Renaissance was such a shift, as was the Industrial Revolution. So, too, is what is starting to happen around the world today.” Peter Senge, The Necessary Revolution

3 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Three points today: 1.Something is happening that is more than green jobs – it’s a big opportunity 2.Green jobs can happen and ABE students need to be ready – there’s a ‘green edge’ 3.ABE programs have a key role to play – its an invitation, we’ll be part of making it happen

4 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org The New Dream – The Third Wave of Environmentalism Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All

5 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org So what’s going on with the climate?

6 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What is our energy situation today?

7 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org How’s our economy doing?

8 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What are ‘green’ jobs?

9 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Apollo Alliance’s definition: Green-collar jobs are well paid, career track jobs that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality. range from low-skill, entry-level positions to high-skill, higher-paid jobs include opportunities for advancement in both skills and wages.

10 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Green-Collar Jobs… Rebuild a strong middle class Provide pathways out of poverty Require some new skills (and some new thinking about old skills) Tend to be local jobs Strengthen urban and rural communities Protect our health and the health of the planet definition from Green For All

11 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org CA definition of green jobs Green or clean is any activity or service that performs at least one of the following: Generating renewable energy Recycling existing materials Energy efficient product manufacturing, construction, installation, and maintenance Education, compliance and awareness Natural and sustainable product manufacturing

12 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Industry sectors Energy Construction Transportation Material waste / Recycling /Deconstruction Toxicity Food / Agriculture Water Local production

13 Job Projections

14 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org MA Clean Energy Sector: 14,400 jobs in clean energy cluster Now 10 th largest industry in the state Surveyed executives expect 30% job growth in renewable energy firms and 25% for energy efficiency firms over the next year. Mass Clean Energy Industry Census Report, August 2007, Mass Technology Collaborative

15 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org U.S. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries in 2030 Source: Management Information Services, Inc. and American Solar Energy Society, Revenues (Billions of 2006 Dollars) Total Jobs Created (Direct Plus Indirect – Thousands) Base Case Moderate Scenario Advanced Scenario Base Case Moderate Scenario Advanced Scenario RE$98$212$5601,3053,1387,918 EE$1,818$2,152$3,93314,95317,82532,185 Total$1,913$2,379$4,53016,25820,96340,103

16 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Industry greening potential and future job potential Following sectors have both excellent ‘greening potential’ and excellent long-term green job creation potential: –Renewable energy –Mass transit / rail –Green buildings –Energy retrofit –Lighting retrofit –Recycling –Small scale agriculture / organic production –Sustainable forest management Green Jobs report, UNEP, Sept 2008

17 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org “We have to seriously look at fundamentally rebuilding the economy. You’ve got to use this moment to retrain for jobs.” Andrew Stettner, National Employment Law Project Stimulus bill includes $4.5 billion for job training “In current dollars, the nation devoted the equivalent of $20 billion to job training in 1979, compared with only $6 billion last year.”

18 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Impact of the Stimulus Package Funding for job training in clean energy and energy efficiency industries Incentives to support the growth of clean energy industries Investments in clean energy industries

19 What kinds of jobs?

20 There will be some new jobs others will be refocused

21 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Pollin, Green Recovery Identified jobs in Building retrofit Mass Transit/Freight Rail Smart Grid Wind and Solar

22 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Retrofitting These include: insulation air sealing lighting window replacement, boiler and HVAC system replacement energy audit/analyst

23 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Renewable energy Solar power Wind power Hydropower Biomass Geothermal power Installers Maintainers Designers Manufacturing – machining, sheet metal, lab tech Power plant operators Research and development

24 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org R. Pinderhughes green jobs case study Identified 22 jobs with low bars to entry in the Bay Area, CA

25 Building a competitive and equitable green economy means investing in the backbone of America’s labor force: workers with more than high school, but less than a four-year degree. Green Collar Jobs in America’s Cities

26 …the new energy economy will be built and sustained by middle-skill workers in traditional occupations. Green Collar Jobs in America’s Cities

27 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Sure specific skills are needed, but Readiness to work Basic skills in math, writing, communication, and analysis Facility with computers Concern about the environment and the community Ability to communicate technically and plainly with customers Ability to be flexible and adapt to change

28 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org And, There is a premium on understanding the situation, systems thinking, making connections Because this is a watershed time in our global economy/structure, a lot isn’t yet known Key is being ready

29 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Given this, what is the big opportunity for abe/esol/ged learners? To understand the ‘real’ real world

30 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org How we have seen the worldThe ‘real’ real world quote: E.O. Wilson graphic: Senge, The Necessary Revolution economy society environment society economy

31 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org It fits across the curriculum Economic justice Environmental justice Social justice GREEN ECONOM Y Individual preparation Civics & community preparedness Work & career prep Science and math

32 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Science and Math What is the carbon cycle? Why do we care about it, especially right now? What is climate change? Peak oil? World geography – what is happening now as a result of climate change? Energy usage calculations, gas mileage, energy cost comparisons

33 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Individual Preparedness Practical preparedness –Determining appropriate energy, resource conservation strategies –Being an informed consumer of products and information Emotional preparedness –Dealing with uncertainty, fear, grief –Helping others

34 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Work Readiness / Career Prep Being work ready Knowledge of how the economy is changing Understanding local green industries Understanding training and advancement possibilities Being able to articulate the importance of ‘green’ work

35 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Civics and Community Preparedness Understanding community solutions, like local energy production Building collaborative responses Advocacy and activism with elected officials

36 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What are some jobs?

37 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Industry greening potential and future job potential Following sectors have both excellent ‘greening potential’ and excellent long-term green job creation potential: –Renewable energy –Mass transit / rail –Green buildings –Energy retrofit –Lighting retrofit –Recycling –Small scale agriculture / organic production –Sustainable forest management Green Jobs report, UNEP, Sept 2008

38 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Small group questions Is this job attainable for your students? What are the curricular gaps you could fill? Can you think of a local employer in this field? Can you think of a local training entity that you might partner with to better prepare students?

39 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What kinds of knowledge and skills are needed?

40 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Examples of training Greenfield Community College Cape Cod Community College Other CCs Other training programs/vendors

41 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Standards & Certifications Energy Efficiency BPI – Building Performance Institute HERS Rater Solar Energy NABCEP Others…

42 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Activities and resources

43 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What can learners do… Gain a ‘ green edge ’ Be ready for (coming) jobs Be ready for training and certification Help address environmental challenges

44 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What can programs do… Integrate the ‘real’ real world into curricula Teach systems thinking Articulate and build partnerships for training and employment Help address environmental challenges

45 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org What can help grow this economy? National and state policy and regulation Municipal policy and regulation; municipal purchasing Industry investment Market demand Citizen education and activism and advocacy

46 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org MA picture Green Jobs bill – Pathways out of Poverty NE Clean Energy Council Mass Technology Collaborative Clean Tech Agenda Community energy committees Massachusetts Workforce Alliance Mass Green Jobs Coalition Mass Climate Action Network

47 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Questions programs need to ask How do we bring an understanding of the real ‘real’ world into curricula? How can we build connections to training for learners? What other ways can we support students to get a ‘green edge’?

48 Finding Earth Works, findingearthworks.org Finding Earth Works Staff training on the green economy Workshops for students Facilitation for program/employer partnerships Online resources –


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