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1 A Workforce Initiative for the Chicago Climate Action Plan

2 Background Green jobs training investments Research on the jobs created by the Chicago Climate Action Plan

3 1. Energy Efficient Buildings 2. Clean and Renewable Energy Sources 3. Improved Transportation Options 4. Reduced Waste and Industrial Pollution 5. Adaptation

4 Chicago’s workers are prepared for the jobs that are created or transformed through the CCAP The opportunities created by the CCAP are available to all Chicagoans and connected to communities in need

5 Invest in training opportunities that lead to green jobs Engage training providers and community colleges in creating training programs to meet the needs of employers and job-seekers, including disadvantaged populations Identify and support career ladders Link investments in workforce to green economic development Define educational and career pathways and support programming along a continuum Provide supports to move workers from entry-level jobs to higher-skilled jobs Connect workforce development system and job training to public investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, horticulture and transportation

6 Steering Committee chaired by Mayor’s Office and including Chicago’s Departments of the Environment and Community Development Advisory Committee of community colleges, environmental partners, city agencies and economic development organizations Staffing by the Chicago Jobs Council, a city-wide coalition of community-based training organizations, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals

7 Background Green jobs training investments Research on the jobs created by the Chicago Climate Action Plan

8 University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) partnered with Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) Comprehensive analysis of the workforce impacts and jobs created by the Chicago Climate Action Plan What new jobs are created? What training exists to prepare people for these jobs? What are the gaps? Goal of research not to estimate aggregate jobs created but to identify priority areas for an economic and workforce development strategy to accompany CCAP Methods COWS/UF Powell Center Model for residential and commercial energy efficiency retrofits Existing reports, studies and key informant interviews for other CCAP strategy areas Buildin gs & EE Renew- able Energy Trans - port - ation Waste & Pollutio n Adapt- ation CCAP Jobs & Workforce Committee Workforce Initiative Green Biz/ Sustainable Developme nt Strategy Energy Efficiency Recycle Reuse Landsca pe Sectoral Workforce Partnerships Greencorps ED/WD needs opportunities Chicago Green Jobs Working Group RE Mfg RE Install

9 Retrofitting energy efficient buildings will have the most direct job creation Measure installers “architectural” measures “mechanical” measures Auditors New Job Creation  Up to 2,500 weatherization jobs – energy auditing and efficiency measure installation  Hundreds of indirect jobs in program administration, warehousing and materials. “Critical jobs”  “Green” construction  Building maintenance and operations workers Opportunity areas  “Green” or environmentally-preferable building materials 1. Energy Efficient Buildings

10 Noted in CUED research as a growing area Positions retrofitting homes and businesses for energy efficiency including opportunities for every-level workers and advancement Developing training programs for job seekers to enter field Developing curriculum in partnership with experienced weatherization contractors Link energy efficiency investments with workforce training programs 1. Energy Efficient Buildings

11 An auditor determines the measures to be installed in buildings to increase energy efficiency as well as completes a post- installation audit Need for computer skills, usually some post-secondary education Can start out as an assistant, move up to lead auditor and entrepreneurship opportunities CUED specifically noted energy efficiency auditors as a growing field of employment and as a position for which adequate training opportunities in Chicago do not exist 1. Energy Efficient Buildings

12 New Job Creation  Hundreds of jobs in renewable energy installation, including solar, geothermal and “small wind.”  Renewable energy development “Critical Jobs”  Energy engineers  “Smart grid” installation workers Opportunity Areas  Renewable energy component manufacturing, especially wind  “Small wind” turbines Renewable energy was noted as an area of opportunity for the local economy in the CUED Research Potential infrastructure projects include: Building additional renewable and alternative energy (wind, solar, geothermal) capacity Increasing distributed generation Increasing household and commercial applications for renewable and alternative energy Upgrading the two coal-fired power plants in Chicago Photo by Indie Energy, Geothermal Energy Installation 2. Clean and Renewable Energy Sources

13 New Job Creation  Transit construction – potentially thousands of jobs  Transit operators and maintenance workers  Train conductors and yard workers. “Critical jobs”  Urban planners and designers Opportunity areas  Biofuel production from recycled sources 3. Improved Transportation Options

14 Present opportunities for entry-level work experience and transitional jobs Recycling of e-waste Building deconstruction and materials re-use New Job Creation  Hundreds of jobs in the processing, handling and resale and remanufacture of materials, e.g.: Municipal solid waste; Appliances and electronics; Organic and food waste; and Building materials. “Critical jobs”  Industrial engineers Opportunity areas  Remanufactured products, such as engineered plastics. 4. Reduced Waste and Industrial Pollution

15 New Job Creation  Green infrastructure installation and maintenance  Green roof design and installation  Water infrastructure construction “Critical jobs”  Civil engineers and technicians  Landscape architects and designers Opportunity areas  Green infrastructure materials, such as porous paving materials. Many jobs present opportunities for entry- level work experience and transitional jobs Greencorps has been operating under this model for over a decade Community gardening and local food production Possibility for social enterprise in this area Photo by Andrew Collins 5. Adaptation

16 Background Research on the jobs created by the Chicago Climate Action Plan Green jobs training investments

17 $250,000 for energy efficiency job training Partners City of Chicago: Mayor’s Office and Department of Community Development The Partnership for New Communities Chicago Jobs Council/Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative Provide training for energy efficiency retrofits Target residents of public housing

18 The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. 12 months of Employment Job Types US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) $16M 650 Ex- Offenders and other ‘hard to employ’ Target Population Expected Funding Agency Neighborhood Cleaning Electronics Collection & Recycling Fund Community Green JobsRetrofittingDeconstruction Arboriculture Formula

19 On June 24 th, the US Department of Labor released five Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGAs) for $500 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for green jobs training. Each SGA has a different focus and has different eligibility requirements. 1. Pathways Out of Poverty 2. Energy Training Partnership Grants 3. Green Capacity Building Grants 4. State Energy Sector Partnership Grants 5. State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants Competitive

20 $150M nationally $2-4M locally Applications will also be submitted by national organizations with local affiliates/networks The Chicago Workforce Investment Council (CWIC)—formerly Chicago Workforce Board– will lead City of Chicago’s application Community-based providers determined by RFI Proposal focuses on jobs created by the Chicago Climate Action Plan Jobs retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency Renewable energy manufacturing Landscaping, horticulture and waste reduction Competitive

21 $100M nationally $2-5M locally National, nonprofit labor management organizations and statewide or local nonprofit entities with a joint partnership of labor organizations, WIBs, and one stops and employers or industry organizations. Chicago Federation of Labor is the lead applicant for the City of Chicago. WIBs cannot be the applicant but must be a partner. Proposal focuses on training 4,235 incumbent and dislocated worker in within renewable energy generation; energy-efficient building; construction and retrofit industries; as well as green construction and advance manufacturing. Competitive

22 $5M nationally, $50-100K locally This funding is only for existing DOL grantees under the following programs Indian and Native American Program, Farm worker Jobs Program, Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, Senior Community Service Employment Program, Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations, Advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century, YouthBuild, Young Offenders Grant Competitive

23 $190M nationally $2-6M locally The Illinois Workforce Investment Board is the only entity in Illinois that is eligible to apply for the State Energy Sector grants and they intend to do so $50M nationally $750k-$1.25M for single states $2-4M for consortium The Illinois Department of Employment Security is eligible to apply for the State Labor Market Information Improvement SGA Competitive

24 CWIC application to DCEO for State Energy Sector Partnership Grant Administering and monitoring CDBG Green Job Grants (programs should start by November or December) Developing a strategic plan for Chicago’s green jobs and training Defining our partnership with Labor groups

25 Chicago Workforce Investment Council Angela Dluger Chicago Jobs Council Meghann Moses


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