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Why Green Jobs?. Global Warming and Climate Change is a major concern and should be at the top of public priority. Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. 40% 72% 39% 13.6%. primary energy use electricity consumption CO 2 emissions potable water consumption. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Why Green Jobs?

  • Global Warming and Climate Change is a major concern and should be at the top of public priority.

  • Pew Research Center for the People and the Press





    primary energy use

    electricity consumption

    CO2 emissions

    potable water consumption

  • #1 BUILDINGS#2 TRANSPORTATION #3 INDUSTRYGlobal CO2 Emissions by Sector

  • Your Definition of Sustainability

    Develop a personal rationale for integrating sustainability education into curricula

  • Robert Gillman, editor of the In Context Magazine, extends this goal oriented definition by stating "sustainability refers to a very old and simple concept (The Golden Rule)...do onto future generations as you would have them do onto you."

  • The United Nations Definition of Sustainability

    Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" Sustainable development is a balance of three dimensions: Environmental Protection, Economic Growth and Social Development.

  • Global Warming 101 (National Geographic)


  • The Story of Stuff

  • Sustainability Begins at Home

    It continues from K to Grave

    And should be integrated throughout the educational and workforce initiatives

  • Planting green jobsBusinesses, ventures and proposals that could help satisfy new renewable energy requirements The Role of the Government in Advancing the Green EconomyThe Best Way To Create 'Green' Jobs"Going Green" is no longer just a slogan for many global companies, it's becoming a strategic imperative.2009 Legislation on Green JobsThe Vital Role of COMMUNITY COLLEGES in Buildinga Sustainable Future and GREEN WORKFORCENJ Energy Master Plan and JobsClean Energy SalesBiofuel JobsSolar JobsK-12 Education- The pipeline to Green JobGreen Engineering for our Future

  • Why Green Jobs?

  • The pipeline to the Green workforces starts at the elementary level.

    Teach sustainability literacy so it will no longer be considered optional

    Challenge and engage students with real-world environmental situations so they can be part of the solutions Provides a platform and a context for learning that is a meaningful and relevant to their life

    Green education inspires students and impacts change in the community

  • HistorySociologyGreen Building IndustryGreen Products, Manufacturing and Industrial ProcessesCivic ResponsibilitySystems ThinkingEngineering and MathematicsRenewable EnergyAlternative Transportation systemsSustainable DesignWaste managementAgriculture and NutritionHealth and SecurityEnvironmental Ethics and Environmental Discrimination Green Collar Career EducationFinancial and Green InvestmentsGreen Technologies and Innovation and Invention

  • What is Sustainability?Understanding Sustainability A Prerequisite for all Green Jobs

  • Rising Above the Gathering Storm

    Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future

    Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine


    Having reviewed trends in the United States and abroad, the committee is deeply concerned that the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership are eroding at a time when many other nations are gathering strength.

  • Definitions of Green Collar Worker:

    green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy. Environmental green-collar workers (or Green Jobs) satisfy the demand for green development. Generally, they implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability.

  • Green jobs involve environmentally friendly products and services or businesses and organizations that concern themselves with improving the environment.

    NJ BPU

  • Green jobs can be broadly defined as jobsthat involve protecting wildlife or ecosystems,reducing pollution or waste, or reducingenergy usage and lowering carbonemissions.


  • According to The Center for American Progress Green Recovery

    Green Jobs will:

    Create 2 million new jobs nationwide over two years

    Reduce the unemployment rate

    Bolster employment especially in construction and manufacturing

    Provide opportunities to rebuild career ladders through training, retraining and workforce development

    Help lower oil prices

    Contribute to the reconstruction of local communities and public infrastructure all across America, setting us on a course for a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy that increases our energy independence and helps fight global warming.

  • Green Jobs Forecast

    The shift away from convention energy production to avoid emission of green house gases will cause a transformation of existing jobs to clean energy related jobs

    Existing Jobs will require additional training of green skills

    A large number of green jobs will require a professional certificate or postsecondary education. (a highly qualified green workforce)

    With new technologies, innovations and inventions on the horizon, many green jobs do not exist yet and will need to be created to meet societal needs

    Corporate and labor unions retraining programs

    Increased global population, a decrease of available resources and climate change

  • The Road to Green Jobs

    Sustainability Literacy at the elementary school level

    The pipeline for green jobs begins at the middle school level with green career exploration

    Vocational and Technical Schools

    Imbedded within High School Core Curriculum Content Standard

    After school programs, senior capstone projects, service learning and internship programs

    College and University degree and Continuing Education Programs

    Grant funding to develop curriculum and training for teachers

  • Resources


    Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

    John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

    Preparing the Workforce for a Green Jobs Economy


    New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schoolshttp://www.njccvts.org/Green Collar Careers Advisory Committee

  • Resources

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

    State of NJ Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNJ Green Job Training Program Receives Funding from Conserve to Preserve Foundation

    YouthBuild USA Green Initiative

    AFL CIO Green Jobs

    NJ Energy Master Plan Green Jobs Fact Sheet

  • Green Jobs Websites


    Green Jobs For America


    AFL-CIO Daily US Labor Press Clips ClimateBiz


    Green Job List

    Green Job Search

    YouTube on green jobs

  • Green Jobs Websites

    Careers in Renewable Energy The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: Environmental Work For A Sustainable World Ellen Weinrebs Job Search Sites AlternativeEnergy.coms Green Job Listings Environmental Career Center Environmental Career Opportunities Green Energy Jobs

    Environmental Jobs Links

  • Organizations

    Blue Green Alliance California Labor Federation

    Center For American Progress Change To Win

    Economic Policy Institute United Steel Workers

    Sierra Club Urban Agenda

    Green Worker Cooperatives IBEW

    Natural Resources Defense Council

    Service Employees International Union Ella Baker Center For Human Rights Green For All

  • Blogs

    Bright Green Blog Business of Green

    Climate Crisis Coalition Dot Earth

    Energy Smart EnviroWonk

    Green Business Green Collar Blog

    Gristmill Society of Environmental Journalists

    The Yale Forum On Climate Change & The Media Treehugger

  • John HenryEducational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)USGBC-NJ Chapter Green School Advocatejhenry@eirc.org

  • A broad spectrum of technical and professional careers that helps improve the environmental quality of the planet, contributes to off-setting global warming, which results in a sustainable, healthy and eventually a regenerative way of life for all people. Definitions:

    *The thin blue line of atmosphere is all we have*Education at every level not only at the K-12 level and college but as at the corporate level as well. A green workforce can help get us there.*Summary of findings from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Presshttp://people-press.org/report/280/little-consensus-on-global-warming

    *As it relates to the building Industry *What is the big deal right? US buildings have a huge impact on resources. Its an important topic because buildings have a huge impact on the environment. They tax our resources, they contribute to global warming, they are where we spend as much as 90% of our time

    **Electricity is quickly becoming the most use energy source in America. In 2008 buildings consumed 71% of all energy produced. Electricity seems green because