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Green Jobs: Implications for State Policy

Academy on State Economic Development Policy

Atlanta, GA

September 5, 2008


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Defining Green Jobs

“Green-collar jobs are living-wage, career track jobs that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality.”

--Green-Collar Jobs in America’s Cities

“Green Jobs are jobs in the primary industries of the green economy that promote environmental protection and energy independence.”

  • --WA CTED


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What are Green-Collar Jobs?

  • Look a lot like jobs in traditional industries

  • Largely middle-skill – more than H.S., less than B.A. required

  • The job creation potential is enormous

  • Most clean energy jobs offer living wages and career pathways

  • Many are difficult to offshore


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WA Climate Action and Green Jobs Bill

  • Links a green-collar jobs initiative and greenhouse gas reduction strategies in a single piece of legislation.

  • Includes (1) labor market analysis of the kind and quality of green jobs in demand; (2) partnerships of key stakeholders to develop strategic plans for closing skills gaps for green jobs in specific industries; (3) and a fund to pay for training and other supports for green-collar workers


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WA Green Industry Skill Panels


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MA Green Jobs Bill

  • Creates the MA Clean Energy Technology Center to control a $43M investment fund

  • The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs is authorized to spend:

    • $1M for seed grant program for clean energy companies

    • $1M for workforce development grant program

    • $100,000 for study of clean energy labor market, energy efficiency opportunities for state property, etc.

    • $1M for pathways out of poverty initiative


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MN Green Jobs Legislation

  • Adds development of green economy to criteria for economic development assistance to businesses.

  • Creates a Green Jobs Task Force that includes multiple agencies and stakeholders

  • Tasked with creating a statewide action plan to optimize the growth of the green economy, which will include an analysis of business opportunities and needs; labor force needs related to market analysis; an inventory of current labor and business assets


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State Financing for Energy Efficiency Retrofits at a Broad Scale

  • Models exist to cover upfront costs of retrofits, capture energy savings, and reduce energy costs.

  • Potential to be an enormous job creator


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