Our Global Green Economy

Filed in Green Jobs, Workforce Development by on February 3, 2011 7 Comments

The greening of the American economy has been a long-standing priority for the Obama Administration.  In his state of the union address, the President renewed his commitment to clean energy technology by calling for massive investments in 21st century infrastructure and proposing that 80% of electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035.

This administration has launched unprecedented initiatives to build this workforce.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $500 million for research and job training for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. On the training front, the Labor Department is preparing workers for meaningful careers in green industries.  We are providing grants to states, non-profit organizations, and public-private partnerships.  These funds and our grantees help provide workers the skills they need to make buildings more energy efficient, vehicles more fuel efficient, and manufacturing processes better for the environment.  These workers will also be able to help harness renewable energy.

Our Pathways out Of Poverty grants offer our neediest citizens training that can open doors to sustainable employment in various green sectors.  They target disadvantaged populations in areas struggling with high rates of poverty.  In addition, we have launched a number of other special programs targeted to women, veterans, youth, and other underrepresented workers. These initiatives are making a difference in the lives and livelihoods of underserved communities.

Our future – and that of our children – depends not only on creating jobs, but protecting our planet as well. To succeed, we must continue to work together, and engage governments, institutions and individuals on the international stage.  We will need to act boldly and wisely, providing the right mix of incentives, investments, and training.  It will take commitment, openness, and willingness to learn from the experiences of others.  To achieve our common vision of clean and sustainable growth and prosperity, all of us will need to help one another.

Sandra Polaski is Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs

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  1. Pat Boyle says:

    I am one of many who would like to contribute to the Global Green Economy.

    I would like to ask a question on behalf of all those who are willing and able to contribute.

    How does one find out if one qualifies to participate in one of the many worthwhile programs that are mentioned here?

  2. Joan Morgan says:

    I support President Obama’s efforts to help create careers in energy effciency to spur research that will lead to green jobs. His speech at Penn State University in State College, PA. shows he is committed to this task. Good job!

  3. Ted says:

    I support President Obama’s commitment to clean energy and initiative to build a green economy. Countries like Germany which took the initiative and promoted investments in solar have become leaders in the field an sell to the world. In this time of tight money maybe you can eliminate some of the tax breaks for billion dollar companies and put that money into growing green industry.


  4. Tom Wade says:

    “Our future – and that of our children” How much effort is going into educating children in school from a young age? Getting them interested and aware of alternative energies from an early age will benefit us all in the near future when the decide to find careers in this field. Lets hope that we can provide them with these jobs.

  5. Chesley says:

    Nice blog. I like the quality of your blog. Thanks.

  6. Nice content. Thank you for sharing information.

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