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climate change green jobs what are the connections for adult learners and abe ged esol programs

Climate Change, Green Jobs - What are the Connections for Adult Learners and ABE/GED/ESOL Programs?

Alex Risley Schroeder, Finding Earth Works, 2008

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“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
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
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
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
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
Industry sectors
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Material waste / Recycling /Deconstruction
  • Toxicity
  • Food / Agriculture
  • Water
  • Local production

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ma clean energy sector
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
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
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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pollin green recovery
Pollin, Green Recovery

Identified jobs in

  • Building retrofit
  • Mass Transit/Freight Rail
  • Smart Grid
  • Wind and Solar

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retrofitting
These include:

insulation

air sealing

lighting

window replacement, boiler and HVAC system replacement

energy audit/analyst

Retrofitting

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renewable energy
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 study identified 22 jobs with low bars to entry in the bay area ca
R. Pinderhughes green jobs case studyIdentified 22 jobs with low bars to entry in the Bay Area, CA

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green collar jobs in america s cities
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

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…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
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
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 world The ‘real’ real worldquote: E.O. Wilson graphic: Senge, The Necessary Revolution

economy

environment

environment

society

society

economy

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it fits across the curriculum
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
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
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
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
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 potential37
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
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
Examples of training
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Other CCs
  • Other training programs/vendors

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standards certifications
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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