"As a matter of aspiration, no swath of the economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal and potential job creation. Yet, the clean economy remains an enigma: hard to assess. Not only do “green” or “clean” activities and jobs related to environmental aims pervade all sectors of the U.S. economy; they also remain tricky to define and isolate—and count."
Our friend Kevin Doyle is starting to post workforce related articles on the New England Clean Energy Council blog every other week. Here's the first one:
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced a second round of grants available through the Pathways Out of Poverty Program, which funds green job training programs offered by clean energy companies, community-based nonprofit groups, educational institutions, and labor organizations throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor Patrick announces efforts to boost commonwealth’s clean energy workforce
Newest round of grants is part of nearly $4 million invested since April to expand training for jobs in Massachusetts’s growing “green” energy sector
One of the provisions of the Green Jobs Act that passed last summer was that there be money set aside for workforce training projects focused on low and moderate income residents of the Commonwealth that want to enter the emerging green economy. Last month, the Clean Energy Center announced the 5 grants from that program.
We have attached the press release below.
In summary, the five grant went to:
The Green Communities Act, passed in MA last summer, requires the utility companies to meet new demand for power through demand reducation and energy efficiency measures. To meet this legislative requirement, the utiltiy companies have developed a plan that will dramatically reduce energy use, save customers money as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an amount equivalent to taking 40% of the cars of the road. It will also create jobs.
What community based workforce development organizations are good at is working with local employers to create a pool of ready employees. It is the strength of these collaborations between employers, the wd system and community members that makes the work of wd cbos successful.