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Green Jobs 101 The Role of Youth in Shaping a Sustainable Economy. Christina Nichols US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Division of Youth Services. Why the Push to Green?. Climate Change Economic Recession. Two Different Challenges. US Goals Today:.

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green jobs 101 the role of youth in shaping a sustainable economy

Green Jobs 101The Role of Youth in Shaping a Sustainable Economy

Christina Nichols

US Department of Labor

Employment and Training Administration

Division of Youth Services

why the push to green
Why the Push to Green?

Climate Change Economic Recession

Two Different Challenges

us goals today
US Goals Today:
  • Create 3 million new jobs within 2 years
  • Re-align global economies
  • Solve Climate Change - Transform energy use from fossil to renewables
  • End two wars; reform health care; erase debt; inspire public commitment
  • Prepare youth to solve these problems, innovate, and change cultural expectations
what s up heat carbon
What’s up? Heat. Carbon.

The Earth is getting hotter.

2005 was the hottest year on record; the 14 hottest years occurred since 1990. 24 out of 25 hottest years since 1980.

Source: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/

what s up unemployment
What’s Up? Unemployment.

Actual under/unemployment rate – 17.5%

Oct. ’09 10.2%

same solution green jobs
Same Solution  Green Jobs
  • Broad Societal Shift to Conservation, Efficiency, and Renewable Energy Use
  • Economic Transformation  From Industrial/Consumptive to Sustainable/Stewardship

Behavior change is the most important component of a green economy

behavior change needs help
Behavior Change Needs Help

Showing people is more effective than telling them how to go green.

take the green quiz

Recyclable plastic

A

Corn, compostable

B

Recycled polypropylene

D

Stainless steel

C

Take the Green Quiz!

Q: Which cup is “green”?

A: YES!

sources of ghg emissions
Sources of GHG emissions

From IPCC, WG3, 2007

Credit: John P. Holdren, “The UN SEG Recommendations on Mitigation”

key federal trends
Key Federal Trends

Broad “Green Jobs” Industries

  • Energy Efficiency
    • Weatherization, Smart Grid and Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
    • Wind, Solar, Hydro, Geo-Thermal

and Bio-Mass

  • Brownfields Recovery & Remediation
  • Water -- Treatment, Conservation and

Efficiency Activities

  • Garbage/Solid Waste
    • Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
    • Waste-to-Energy
  • Land Restoration; Habitat and Park Protection
summer youth green leadership
Summer Youth - Green Leadership
  • Green Construction practices
    • Intro to Weatherization
    • Rehab and New Construction – internships, surveys, pre-audits
  • Clean energy training and prep
  • Partnerships – city, community,

utility, educational institutions

  • Integration – education, career,

leadership

  • Bigger environmental picture:

Water, biomass, Grid, health

green job investments
Green job investments*

*Source: Robert Pollin, et al, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Center for American Progress

green jobs and credentials
Green Jobs and Credentials

Source: Pollin et al, University of Massachusetts Amherst

consider for your youth
Consider for your Youth
  • Construction training – relevant curricula :
      • Nat’l Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
      • Home Builders Institute Pre-Traineeship Certificate training (PACT), or
      • Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum
      • State approved weatherization curricula
  • Additional green activities with credentials
      • Pre-Apprenticeships
      • Internships – through business, nonprofit, educational partners
  • Workforce readiness – various
new green youth skills
New GREEN Youth Skills
  • Weatherization specialties
  • Solar installation or prep
  • Optimum Value Engineering (OVE) framing
  • Integrated Building Design (internships)
  • Water conservation
  • Basic environmental science
  • Land restoration
  • Biomass – growing & processing
  • Transmission and electrical basics
  • IT – for Smart Grid integration
certifications
Certifications:

Type

  • BPI building retrofit
  • RESNET building retrofit
  • LEED new construction
  • Energy Star new and retrofit
  • NCCER construction
  • PACT construction
  • NABCEP solar & wind
  • Green Advantage construction

… national benchmarks coming

eta resources and information continued
ETA Resources and Information (continued)
  • Resource Websites and Customer Support
    • http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/
    • www.doleta.gov
    • www.workforce3one.org
    • www.careervoyages.gov
    • www.servicelocator.org
    • 1-877‑US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5627)