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New Report Released December 2015

Greenprint: A Plan to Prepare Community College Students for Careers in the Clean Economy

Community colleges are the gateways to some of the best jobs in the U.S. for adults from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Many of these career opportunities are growing faster and offer better pay than other sectors of the U.S. economy. They include jobs that protect wildlife and natural resources; that generate, distribute and store clean energy; and that promote healthy, high-performance buildings. 

With support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, leaders from industry associations, higher education, and student groups developed this set of examples and policy recommendations for giving community colleges the capacity needed to skill the 21st century U.S. workforce.

The workforce opportunities for the new energy economy contain jobs that our students are interested in and that will be more than jobs. The new sustainable economy will provide rewarding, lifelong careers with a livable wage.” 

~ Girard W. Weber, President, College of Lake County, Illinois

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Greenprint Survey: Please share your thoughts and ideas about the Greenprint, and how you will implement in your classroom, in your organization or in your community. 

Related links:

National media advisory 

Read blog, NWF's 2016 Earth Day Spotlight, an Interview with Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College. Read the full interview.

Read blog, Creating a Green Workforce in Community Colleges, an Interview with Dr. Jerry Weber, President of the College of Lake County in Illinois. Read the full interview

Read blog, Equipping Students with Sustainability Knowledge and Career Skills, an Interview with Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read the full interview

Read blog, Growing the Clean Economy with Today's Youth, an Interview with Lydia Avila, Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition. Read full interview

Read blog, How Community Colleges Can Expand Clean Energy Job Opportunities, an Interview with Jane Weissman, President/CEO, Interstate Renewable Energy Council Read full interview

Read blog, Advancing Jobs in the Sustainable Building Sector, an Interview with Jaime Van Mourik, Higher Education Director, U.S. Green Building CouncilRead full interview

Read blog, Green Economy Jobs in 2017 and the Role of the Community Colleges, an Interview with Kevin Doyle, President, Green Economy. Read full interview

Leadership Perspectives: Quotes from Workforce Education Experts
Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Higher Education Futures Collaborative: 20 Million Eco-Literate Graduates by 2025


In addition to the Greenforce Initiative with college instructors, NWF is working to achieve the goal of 20 Million EcoLiterate U.S. Graduates by 2025 through the EcoLeaders Program. 

An effort of NWF’s Campus Ecology Program, EcoLeaders is a leadership certification and career development program. To date, some 1,000 college students and young professionals are working towards certification in nearly every U.S. state.

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