The Green Economy

Workforce needs for the emerging green industries

News & Reports

Technical Education in Energy Efficiency and Construction - A collaborative effort between Sierra College's CACT and the California Conservation Corps kicks off a green workforce development program for youth.

Economic Vitality: Clean Jobs in the San Diego Region - this report highlights how the San Diego region has developed as one of the fastest growing in California for clean jobs, attracting $445 million in venture capital in the last five years alone. In addition to significant local venture capital investment, the success is due to several factors, including state and local leadership in policies that create more opportunities for business development, local demand for installing renewable energy, innovation in energy efficiency technologies, and our mild, sunny climate.

Green Industry Reports & Workforce Studies - in 2008, the Centers of Excellence launched a statewide effort to study the workforce needs of emerging and evolving green industries and occupations. Visit their site to download research reports, presentations and data.

ATTE Getting It Done Newsletter - the focus of this edition was "A New Green Economy" and included articles on:

  • A new "Green Economy" Curriculum - Photovoltaic Education Program
  • Alternative Energy Program at Rio Hondo College
  • Wind Turbine Train-the-Trainer Program
  • And More...

Green Technology Magazine - Green Technology is a non-profit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability, providing a forum in which government officials can communicate with those in the private sector who are developing and distributing green technologies.

Video Podcasts

FourEnergy - subscribe to the FourEnergy podcasts on renewable energy and green technology topics (iTunes required).

Events & Training

CALGreen Seminars - Get ready for the new mandatory CALGreen building code which goes into effect on January 1, 2011. In cooperation with the California Building Standards Commission and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Green Technology is providing seminars throughout the state to help architects, engineers, building officials and others involved in design and construction understand this new code.

Clean Tech Vehicle Program Gears Up for Veterans - Returning military veterans and others are gaining the skills needed to help them compete for green jobs in the energy industry through a new PowerPathway Clean Tech Vehicle Training Network program that launched at Sacramento's American River College this summer. To learn more about this and other PowerPathway career prep programs, visit PG&E's PowerPathway website.