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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


“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

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Three points today:

  • Something is happening that is more than green jobs – it’s a big opportunity

  • Green jobs can happen and ABE students need to be ready – there’s a ‘green edge’

  • ABE programs have a key role to play – its an invitation, we’ll be part of making it happen

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The New Dream – The Third Wave of Environmentalism

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All

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So what’s going on with the climate?

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What is our energy situation today?

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How’s our economy doing?

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What are ‘green’ jobs?

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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.

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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

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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

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Industry sectors

  • Energy

  • Construction

  • Transportation

  • Material waste / Recycling /Deconstruction

  • Toxicity

  • Food / Agriculture

  • Water

  • Local production

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Job Projections


MA Clean Energy Sector:

  • 14,400 jobs in clean energy cluster

  • Now 10th 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

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U.S. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries in 2030Source: Management Information Services, Inc. and American Solar EnergySociety, 2008.

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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

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“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.”

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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

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What kinds of jobs?


There will be some new jobs others will be refocused


Pollin, Green Recovery

Identified jobs in

  • Building retrofit

  • Mass Transit/Freight Rail

  • Smart Grid

  • Wind and Solar

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These include:

insulation

air sealing

lighting

window replacement, boiler and HVAC system replacement

energy audit/analyst

Retrofitting

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Solar power

Wind power

Hydropower

Biomass

Geothermal power

Installers

Maintainers

Designers

Manufacturing – machining, sheet metal, lab tech

Power plant operators

Research and development

Renewable energy

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R. Pinderhughes green jobs case studyIdentified 22 jobs with low bars to entry in the Bay Area, CA

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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


…the new energy economy will be built and sustained by middle-skill workers in traditional occupations.

Green Collar Jobs in America’s Cities


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

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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

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Given this, what is the big opportunity for abe/esol/ged learners?

To understand the ‘real’ real world

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How we have seen the worldThe ‘real’ real worldquote: E.O. Wilson graphic: Senge, The Necessary Revolution

economy

environment

environment

society

society

economy

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Work & career prep

Civics & community preparedness

Social justice

Economic justice

GREEN ECONOMY

Individual preparation

Science and math

Environmental justice

It fits across the curriculum

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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

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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

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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

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Civics and Community Preparedness

  • Understanding community solutions, like local energy production

  • Building collaborative responses

  • Advocacy and activism with elected officials

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What are some jobs?

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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

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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?

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What kinds of knowledge and skills are needed?

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Examples of training

  • Greenfield Community College

  • Cape Cod Community College

  • Other CCs

  • Other training programs/vendors

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Standards & Certifications

Energy Efficiency

  • BPI – Building Performance Institute

  • HERS Rater

    Solar Energy

  • NABCEP

    Others…

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Activities and resources

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What can learners do…

  • Gain a ‘green edge’

  • Be ready for (coming) jobs

  • Be ready for training and certification

  • Help address environmental challenges

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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

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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

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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

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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’?

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Finding Earth Works

  • Staff training on the green economy

  • Workshops for students

  • Facilitation for program/employer partnerships

  • Online resources – www.findingearthworks.org

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