Policy and Civic Engagement for Green Job Growth
This Page is Organized in the Following Sections
- Statement to our National Leaders
- Join the Community
- Why Participate
- Who Can Participate
- Creating Solutions
- RECOMMENDED: 350.org – Building a Global Climate Movement
- RECOMMENDED: Campus, Course, and Community Energy Conversations
- RECOMMENDED: Environmental Voter Project
- Civic Engagement for Students, Faculty, Staff and the Public
- Civic Engagement that Increases Energy Efficiency, Grows Green Jobs & Reduces Pollution
- Follow @GreenPolicies
- Work with Cities on Policy – Partner with ICLEI
- Responding to Economic Crisis: What can community colleges do?
- Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener
- Webinar Recordings
- High Impact Opportunities: Ways to Take Action Now to Help Grow Green Jobs
- Policy Accomplishments and Event Resources
- For More Information
The Action Community to Grow Green Jobs supports a balanced approach by the President and the Congress to address the country’s environmental challenges in a fiscally sound manner. We call upon these national leaders to support education, businesses and workforce development which will benefit individuals and the economy as a whole. Additionally we call upon the federal government to create an energy plan and support policies for a clean and sustainable energy future.
Send an email to EducatingForASustainableFuture@gmail.com and put Join AACC Action Community in the subject line. We will include you on future notices of meetings, resources, opportunities.
- To grow green jobs in your region
- To make your programs more successful
- Get key information on national policy
- Share strategies on how to get involved in policy on regional/state levels
- Understand how this information can be used on campuses, with faculty, staff, students and the public
- Get support and resources from your colleagues nationally
- Be part of creating a greener society where your actions can make a difference on a large scale
- The end result – more growth of green jobs and a greener society for all
- Receive Strategy and Technical Assistance from AACC staff on how to build your local efforts in policy and civic engagement
This community is open to everyone working on or interested in growing green and/or sustainability jobs.
Policy is the quickest way to catalyze growth of sustainable green jobs. The growth of green jobs training programs at community colleges will be most successful with a robust placement rate into jobs. Yet, many present policies favor the use of power and products that are not green and hinder green job growth. Examples of the types of policies that restrict green job growth include subsidies, tax policies, and financing regulations. This community of action will provide information on how community colleges can help remove these barriers to green job growth and a greener society.
This community is an organized cohort of community colleges interested in energy and related green regulations and public policies at a regional, state, and national level. Public policies will center around the following focus areas: 1) policies that promote a stronger green economy with job creation potential; and 2) policies that lead directly to institutions becoming more energy efficient and green.
Through connections to policy experts and best practice and information sharing, this group aims to be more educated about and active in championing these policies (and engaging administrators, faculty, staff, and the community in the process).
- Webinars and phone conferences (which may often include other national stakeholder groups)
- Conferences and meetings
- Ongoing policy alerts
- Materials for your faculty, government relations, and the public.
These climate-focused civic engagement opportunities can be built into higher education curricula through a wide variety of course topics and academic areas.
Read More About This Movement
These easy-to-use and impactful activities can be used by faculty as course assignments and by staff as campus or community activities. They will increase skills for civil discourse, reduce political polarization, increase understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energies and provide a civic engagement opportunity. Students and/or community members discuss the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and weigh in on energy policy. This resource provides support for people to merge ideas and engage in actions geared toward creating a safe operating space for humanity on Earth, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.
– Campus and Course Conversations Website
– Community Energy Conversations
Polls show that voters consistently rank environmental issues among their lowest concerns in every election, making these issues a low priority for policy makers as well. However, polls also show that tens of millions of non-voters strongly agree with progressive environmental policies. The Environmental Voter Project aims to increase voter demand for progressive environmental policy by transforming inactive environmentalists into consistent activists and voters.
– Read More About this Project
A new paper by MDC describes how a particular ARRA project, Career Pathways for a Green South, helped a set of community colleges expand their capacity to better serve students facing multiple employment barriers. Drawing on their Career Pathways for a Green South experience, MDC’s How Community Colleges Can Respond to Economic Crisis details insights about how colleges can meet current and future workforce needs.
– Read More in the SEED Center’s Resource Center (should link to “Responding to Economic Crisis” article in the Resource Center)
From this New York Times article, understand how a carbon tax could solve economic and environmental problems simultaneously, using the evidence from Ireland.
Webinar Recordings: We’ve selected several webinars from our archives that are most useful for today.
Education and Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Future and Green Job Growth: Feb 19, 2013
Understand how to make civic engagement come alive on your campus and in your community while growing your sustainability programs.
– Webinar PowerPoint Slides (.pptx)
Practices on Getting Students into your Green Courses: Oct 25, 2012
Grow green jobs while also getting students.
– Play this Event Recording
Increasing Civic Engagement to Promote Policy Change and Grow Green Jobs: Oct 23, 2012
Updates on AACC’s Action Community: growing green jobs through policy and civic engagement. Hear the latest, get resources, discuss solutions to our shared and diverse challenges.
– Play or Download this Event Recording
Clean Energy Policy Call: May 9, 2012
A robust conversation about ways to create exponential growth of green jobs and specific practical possibilities. Joined by Ashok Gupta, national clean energy and green policy expert and a wonderful speaker on the high impact opportunities in this arena.
– View the Webinar/Call Recording Here
– Download the Presentation Slides Here
Conference Call: March 29, 2012
A conference call with Debra Rowe, Todd Cohen and all participants to assist everyone’s efforts in policy and civic engagement to grow green job placements. The call began with some key updates and strategies, and then opened up for discussion about specific needs to get mobilized locally. The information gathered will help better plan the appropriate technical assistance.
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:00PM (ET)
Listen to the Call:
- Adobe Connect via Computer
Johnson County Community College Webinar: February 16, 2012
You can review the SEED and Johnson County Community College webinar held on February 16, 2012: Creating Successful Job Placements in Green Jobs – Key Strategies Using Policy and Civic Engagement.
- See policy opportunities from the U.S. Green Building Council at http://usgbc.org/articles/grid/advocacy-and-policy
- Great resources on policies to grow green jobs. http://www.bluegreenalliance.org and 350.org
- Review the SEED Policy Toolkit for lots of great resources and implementation ideas for your campus.
- Dr. Debra Rowe & Shawn M. Strange
- June 2012 still relevant today
On May 9 the SEED Center held a robust clean energy policy discussion on ways to catalyze growth of green jobs. Joined by Ashok Gupta, national clean energy and policy expert from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), three key policy prescriptions were defined that will prove useful for community colleges taking action to increase job placements and course enrollments while also growing the green economy. These are: 1) helping clear the way for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), 2) getting energy labeling on residential and commercial buildings, and 3) utilities programming and regulation for streamlined efficiency and renewable energies implementation.
Remember, AACC staff is available to assist you with the use of any of these resources and with helping policy and civic engagement come alive on your campus. Email Debra Rowe at email@example.com for more information.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE):
Labeling and Information Transparency for Residential and Commercial Buildings:
Much like the national Energy Star system that looks at a building’s performance rating, labeling, benchmarking, and information transparency can create more awareness of energy use. Gupta discussed New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan which targets energy efficiency by requiring all buildings (commercial and residential) over 50,000 square feet to benchmark their energy usage and report this data on an annual basis for use by potential buyers and renters. Another example is New York’s Energy Efficiency Standards for State Facilities which requires that new state construction and substantial renovations should follow LEED guidelines.
Policy guidelines can be found in the Institute of Market Transformation’s (IMT) Commercial Energy Policy Toolkit as well as in their Commercial Energy Policy Webinar Series. Colleges can work with the campus relations office, faculty, staff, students and the public to inform and support policymakers to move in this direction at their local and regional levels.
Utilities Programming and Regulation:
- Extension of tax credits for renewable energy.
- Establishment of the Clean Power Plan with perspectives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- White House finalizes 2025 ‘historic’ fuel rules for automakers.
- Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clusters™ now available for use by community colleges and local schools districts with information on overarching green/sustainability knowledge and skills applicable to all academic disciplines. View the 8/15 presentation PowerPoint and Recording.
- Play or Download the 10/23 webinar on Sharing Resources and Efforts to Increase Civic Engagement to Promote Policy Change and Grow Green Jobs.
- Play the 10/25 webinar on Practices on Getting Students into your Green Courses. In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Greenforce Initiative.
Feel free to contact Debra Rowe for more information or assistance: EducatingForASustainableFuture@gmail.com