The Greenforce Initiative Will Put Americans Back to Work with Clean Energy Jobs and Training

Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Support Greener Careers and Campuses

09-22-2010 // Amanda Cooke
Northland College students with solar panels

National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future have joined forces on a two-year project that will spur green jobs education, innovation and training at community colleges in the United States.

Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses

The Greenforce Initiative™ is creating six regional Learning and Action Networks to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to implement or refine high quality green career pathway programs and respond to workforce needs in emerging green job sectors.

Two-year support for the new initiative comes from a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. A $250,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports the initiative in Michigan.

Thanks to support from these foundations, the Greenforce Initiative™ has partnered with community colleges in the following cities and regions:

  • North Carolina
  • Northern Virginia
  • Metro Chicago
  • Southern Texas
  • Seattle
  • Michigan
Sustainable jobs in the clean energy economy

A 2009 study found that the number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, growing at a national rate of 9.1 percent, while traditional jobs increased by only 3.7 percent between 1998 and 2007.

Research also shows that clean energy investments at the level of about $150 billion per year can generate around 1.7 million net new jobs throughout the economy, including nearly half that are accessible to workers with relatively low formal educational credentials.

Why community colleges?

America’s community college systems are the premier job training and education providers in the country and can drive the creation of local workforce partnerships. These campuses are often at the forefront of efforts to green facilities and operations, so school investments in campus greening projects have the potential to directly create hands-on learning opportunities for the targeted student population.

Learn more

Visit greenforceinitiative.org to read more about this two-year commitment, which was highlighted at the April 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Miami, Florida.

Read the full national press release here.

Check out Jobs for the Future by visiting www.jff.org.

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