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A Growing Green Economy: Opportunities of Tomorrow. Supported by the National Network of Sector Partners & the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development Juliet Scarpa Seattle Jobs Initiative April 30, 2009. Overview. Policy & Legislation Advocacy Investment & Economic Development

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A Growing Green Economy: Opportunities of Tomorrow

Supported by the National Network of Sector Partners & the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Juliet Scarpa

Seattle Jobs Initiative

April 30, 2009

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Overview

  • Policy & Legislation

  • Advocacy

  • Investment & Economic Development

  • Industry Sectors

  • Jobs

  • Labor Market Challenges

  • Workforce Preparation

  • Puget Sound Sector Focus: Energy Efficiency

  • Recommendations

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Policy & Legislation

  • Federal

    • Energy Bill – Green Jobs Act of 2007 (HB 2847)

    • Clean Energy Corps (April 2009)

  • Washington State

    • Climate Action & Green Jobs Bill of 2008 (HB 2815)

    • Evergreen Jobs Act of 2009 (HB 2227)

  • King County

    • Motion 12837 (August 2008)

  • City of Seattle

    • Green Building Capital Initiative (April 2009)

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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

  • Workforce Investment Act

    • Additional $3.6B

  • High Growth & Emerging Industry Sector Grants

    • $750M; $500M for Green Jobs Act of 2007

  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants

    • Additional $3.2B

  • Weatherization Assistance Program

    • Additional $5B

  • State Energy Programs

    • Additional $3.1B

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Advocacy

  • Green For All

    • www.greenforall.org

  • Apollo Alliance

    • www.apolloalliance.org

  • Green Jobs for America Campaign

    • www.sierraclub.org/greenjobs

  • Blue Green Alliance

    • www.bluegreenalliance.org

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Investment & Economic Development

  • Federal Investments

    • ARRA - $92B in clean technology

      • $33B in clean energy

      • $27B in energy efficiency

  • Washington Business

    • Washington Clean Tech Alliance

    • Financial Incentive Programs

  • Puget Sound Economic Development

    • Puget Sound Regional Council/Prosperity Partnership

    • enterpriseSeattle: Washington Energy Jobs Initiative

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Industry Sectors

  • Green Building

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Renewable Energy

  • Recycling & Waste Management

  • SmartGrid/Smart Energy

  • Biofuels/Biomass

  • Alternative Transportation

  • Sustainable Agriculture

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Jobs

  • Green Jobs:

    • Direct positive impact on the environment

      • Promote environmental protection and/or energy security

  • Green-Collar Jobs:

    • Traditionally blue-collar industries

    • Cannot be outsourced

    • In healthy working environments

    • Pay good family-supporting wages

    • Provide opportunities for skill and wage advancement

  • Many new jobs, but mostly the old jobs with new skills

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Green Jobs: Examples

  • Green Building

    • Constructionequipment operators

    • Carpenters

    • Roofers

  • Energy Efficiency

    • Electricians

    • HVAC installers

    • Energy auditors

    • Insulation workers

  • Renewable Energy

    • Iron and steel workers

    • Sheet metal workers

  • Recycling & Waste Management

    • Hazardous materials removal workers

    • Waste treatment plant operators

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Green Jobs: Examples

  • SmartGrid/Smart Energy

    • Power engineers

    • Computer technicians

    • Building operators

  • Biofuels/Biomass

    • Processing technicians

    • Industrial truck drivers

  • Alternative Transportation

    • Bike repairers

    • Hybrid automotive maintenance technicians

    • Welders

  • Sustainable Agriculture

    • Organic farm workers

    • Green roof installers

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Green Labor Market Demand

  • Job opportunities will continue to grow

  • Many of these are middle-skill, middle-wage* jobs

Source: WA Employment Security Department

* Middle-skill jobs require more than a HS diploma but not a 4-year degree. Middle-wage jobs are middle-skill jobs that pay $17/hr + benefits.

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Labor Market Supply

  • Despite current economy, long term issues of quantity and quality loom.

    • Labor shortages across traditional blue-collar sectors due to retirements, lack of interest, and lack of needed basic skills.

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Puget Sound Green Workforce Preparation

  • Industry Skills Standards and Curriculum Development

    • Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce/Centralia Community College Center of Excellence

    • Skills Panels: Energy Technology; Power Generation; Green Building & Design

  • Connecting Youth

    • Opportunity Greenway; SWITCH Project

  • Pre-apprenticeships & Apprenticeships

  • Community College Programs

    • Environmental Horticulture, Sustainable Building Management, Sustainable Building Advisor, Residential Energy Auditing, Solar/Photovoltaic Designer, Zero Energy Building, Water Supply & Wastewater Technology, Energy Management, and others in various stages of development.

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Sector Focus:Energy Efficiency in Puget Sound

  • Relatively low cost to implement methods

  • Large, well established, and growing industry

  • 69% of all green jobs in King County

  • Majority of work requires construction, manufacturing and utilities industry skills.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Workforce Opportunities Project (NEWOP)

    • Commercial and Residential Energy Efficiency Resource Clearinghouse and Industry Intermediary

    • Pilot cohort-based training model in Residential Energy Efficiency

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Recommendations

  • POLICY:

    • Federal & state legislation – funding and programs

    • Alignment with other strategies

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

    • Connect w/ industry stakeholders – growing/changing business and workforce needs

  • LABOR MARKET:

    • Current and future compositional challenges

    • Industry projections

  • TRAINING:

    • Inventory capacity in existing programs

    • Skills standards as foundation of ‘greening’ programs

    • Partnerships for successful sectoral strategies

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