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KCC Counselor Academy July 13, 2009. Sustainability & Green Jobs. Questions. What does sustainability mean? What are green jobs? What is Hawaii doing in the area of sustainability and green jobs? How can community college help students examine alternative career options?

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Kcc counselor academy july 13 2009

KCC Counselor AcademyJuly 13, 2009

Sustainability

&

Green Jobs


Questions
Questions

What does sustainability mean?

What are green jobs?

What is Hawaii doing in the area of sustainability and green jobs?

How can community college help students examine alternative career options?

What are the skills needed by 21st century workers?

What can the counselors/advisors do to promote green jobs?


Qualifiers
Qualifiers:

  • The “sustainable,” “green jobs” economy is in it’s infancy.

  • It’s happening with such speed that staying up-to-date is difficult.

  • It’s happening during an unprecedented economic downturn.

  • Experts are still trying to put it all into language that can be easily understood.


Qualifiers1
Qualifiers

  • As community colleges seek to identify opportunities in the green sector, gathering specific and accurate labor market information about the green jobs in demand is critical and challenging.

  • Much of the data is not easily obtained because the factors that drive them are in flux.

  • Some of these jobs aren’t even in the SOC


Sustainability is an overarching term that refers to
Sustainability is an overarching term that refers to:

An economy that “generates jobs, businesses, and investments

while expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency,

reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste

and pollution,

and conserving water and other natural resources.”

Pew Charitable Trust Research


What are green jobs
What are green jobs?

No standard definition, but generally they

are jobs that:

Reduce energy usage and lower carbon emissions

Minimize waste and pollution

Protect ecosystems and wildlife


The united nations environment programme defines green jobs as those that
The United Nations Environment Programme defines green jobs as those that:

“contribute significantly to preserving or restoring environmental quality and…help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy, materials and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies, de-carbonize the economy, and minimize or avoid the production of waste and pollution.”


Workforce development advocates use this definition
Workforce development advocates use this definition: as those that:

“Green jobs are well-paid, career track jobs that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality.

...(they) range from low-skill, entry level positions to high-skill, higher paid jobs, and include opportunities for advancement in both skills and wages.”

Apollo Alliance & Green For All


Important note
Important note as those that:

By that definition:

If a job improves the environment but doesn’t provide a family-supporting wage or career ladder to move low-income workers into higher-skilled occupations, it is not a green job.


Green jobs lead to a double bottom line: as those that:

economic growth

and

environmental sustainability


Green jobs tend to be local because many involve work transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

They are in construction, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, agriculture, and other sectors of the economy.


The usdol categorizes them into seven sub sectors
The USDOL categorizes them into seven sub-sectors: transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

The energy efficient building, construction, and retrofit industries

The renewable electric power industry

The biofuels industry

The deconstruction and materials use industries

The energy efficiency assessment industry

The energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicle industry

Manufacturing that produces sustainable products using environmentally sustainable processes and materials


Two sectors of green jobs
Two sectors of green jobs transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

Energy efficiency and conservation

Renewable and sustainable energy


Energy efficiency jobs
Energy Efficiency jobs transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

Systems technician

Green designer & architect

Skilled energy-efficient construction trade worker (carpenter, plumber, electrician)

Resource conservation/efficiency manager

Energy and air quality control auditor

HVAC operation and maintenance technician


Energy efficiency jobs1
Energy Efficiency Jobs transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

65% of today’s clean energy jobs are in the category of conservation and pollution mitigation


Renewable energy jobs
Renewable Energy jobs transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

Solar energy

Wind power

Geothermal

Alternative fuels and transportation


Renewable energy
Renewable energy transforming and upgrading existing structures/infrastructure and the natural environment – work such as retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, constructing transit lines, and landscaping.

Renewable energy is the fastest growing tech market segment in Hawaii with an annual growth rate of 8.7% in the private sector, compared with a 5.8% nationally


Though the renewable energy sector is expected to grow in the next 20 years,

the energy efficiency sector dominates today & will continue to dominate through 2030.


Important note1
Important note the next 20 years,

Although there will be a growing number of new energy efficiency occupations requiring new knowledge, skills and abilities, it is expected that the majority will betransformed from existing jobs,requiring a redefinition of skill sets, methods, and occupational profiles.


Many jobs that are currently in demand are “middle-skilled” jobs that require more than a high school diploma and less than a 4 year degree.


Similarly, as new career pathways are developed specific to renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

(handout)


So where are the jobs in hawaii
So where are the jobs in Hawaii? renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

  • STEM occupations accounted for about 58,442 jobs in Hawaii in 2007 – many in tech companies but most were in traditional industries.

  • Expected annual demand for tech jobs: 1650.

  • 77% of those will require post sec ed and 17% more will require at least one year on-the-job training & work experience.

    (handout)


From a community college perspective
From a community college perspective… renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

Some emerging occupations will require the creation of new industry-recognized credentials and training programs, many will only require modifications to existing programs and courses to integrate green skills – adding a ‘green’ layer to the curriculum.


From a workforce development perspective
From a workforce development perspective renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

…this means less focus on new courses of study and more emphasis on embedding green curricula into existing courses of study.


Very important note
VERY important note: renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

Don’t train for jobs

that don’t exist!


2 other things
2 other things… renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

Non-credit programs and courses

Comprehensive support services


Role of non credit
Role of non-credit renewable energy, the majority of ‘career ladders’ will be built into traditional career pathways.

Non-credit education makes up a significant part of community college activity.

43% of the nation’s community college students were enrolled in non-credit education in 2008 (American Assoc of Community Colleges)


Workforce training is becoming an increasingly large component of non-credit education.

Advantages: short terms, flexible course design, rapid responsiveness to local labor market trends


Students who may otherwise never consider postsecondary education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.


Support services
Support services education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.

One of the key strategies to increasing access to higher learning for low-skilled adults is to provide comprehensive supports:


Comprehensive support services
Comprehensive Support Services education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.

Outreach/recruitment

Case management services

Integrated soft skills training

Contextualized basic skills training

Hard skills training in targeted green industry

Employer-recognized certification

Supportive infrastructure: childcare, transportation, tool/equipment purchase

Stipends

Connections to pre-apprenticeship programs

Transitional jobs to establish a work history

Career counseling and assistance securing employment

Long-term tracking and follow up


From a counseling perspective
From a counseling perspective… education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.

How does all this affect what you tell your students?


In sum
In sum… education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.

Spurring the creation of green jobs in our community means more than creating short-term work on individual projects. It means building a sustainable economy.

And it has to be collaborative.


The new green economy
The new green economy education may be able to transition from workforce training to a college degree allowing them to enter the workforce at higher wage levels, with greater long term career potential.

“So who will do the hard and noble work of actually building the green economy? The answer: millions of ordinary people, many of whom do not have good jobs right now.

…the major barriers to a more rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency are not financial, legal, technical, or ideological. One big problem is simply that green employers can’t find enough trained, green-collar workers to do all the jobs.” Van Jones


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