The Green Jobs Alliance was established in direct response to the Green Jobs Act of 2007. The Act, however, was never funded by the Bush Administration or Congress at the time. In anticipation of the election of Barack Obama as President, the Alliance was established in December 2008—to champion the Clean Energy initiatives of the new Obama Administration in a nonpartisan manner—while developing a solid blueprint for an education, training and job placement infrastructure that would create thousands of Clean Energy jobs for our economy, help our citizens become more energy efficient, and protect our environment. To date, the Alliance has been very successful in that effort.
Our focus on job training for energy efficiency and renewable energy industry career jobs in Hampton Roads has provided our area with a solid foundation for creating jobs in Weatherization and energy efficiency areas as well as in Offshore Wind, Solar and BioFuels renewable energy development—offering a complete package for highly-trained, good paying Clean Energy careers.
To provide education and training, the Alliance has brought together an extensive and
tested network of existing training partners. These training partners, organized by
Labor and Management, include:
- Labor organizations, Employer Associations, and Joint Labor-Management Training Programs
- Environmental companies
- Public Utility Companies
- Workforce Investment Boards
- Educational Institutions and Technical Schools
- Pathways Out of Poverty training schools
- Environmental organizations
- Community-based groups
- Veteran’s service organizations
It’s not too late to join the Green Revolution! In fact, it’s just begun!
Recommended Reading from GJA
- Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas Friedman
- Green Collar Economy by Van Jones
- Our Choice by Al Gore
- The Home Energy Diet by Paul Scheckel