Workforce Strategies, Energy Efficiency, and Green Jobs

A summit to discuss needs, challenges, and opportunities in California

On December 8, 2010, the Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy hosted the summit “Workforce Strategies, Energy Efficiency, and Green Jobs:  A summit to discuss needs, challenges, and opportunities in California”.  It was a great success and over 250 people attended the event at the Clark Kerr Center at UC Berkeley.  Results were presented from the first comprehensive assessment of labor demand and education and training infrastructure in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and demand response. The summit offered stakeholders from the workforce and energy communities a forum for discussion of the key findings and recommendations and possible next steps.

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Speakers Included:
Commissioner Dian Grueneich, CPUC
Chairwoman Karen Douglas, CEC
Senator Loni Hancock
Larry Frank, Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Summit participants included:

  • Policy makers, program managers, businesses, and others involved in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs;
  • Policy makers, leaders, and practitioners involved in workforce development, training, and education;
  • Business and labor groups involved in building energy efficiency and related sectors;
  • Stakeholders and advocates involved in shaping policy and program implementation to achieve goals for clean energy and good jobs.

Sessions and workshops covered

  • Impacts of energy efficiency policies and investments in California on job creation and job re-skilling needs;
  • Assessment of the current state of California’s workforce education and training infrastructure, workforce development planning mechanisms, and analysis of the gaps, challenges and opportunities;
  • Incorporating skills standards, worker certifications, and workforce planning into energy programs and emerging technology deployment;
  • Building deeper collaboration among apprenticeship programs, K-12 schools, community colleges, and utility training programs;
  • Building pipelines into good jobs in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and demand response.


Carol Zabin, Summit Coordinator, UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy and Center for Labor Research and Education
Tory Griffith, Summit Coordinator, UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission
Kip Lipper, Office of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
Pete Price, Office of Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez
Panama Bartholomy, California Energy Commission
Barbara Halsey, California Workforce Investment Board
Barbara Baran, California Budget Project
Linda Collins, Career Ladders Project
Cesar Diaz, California State Building and Construction Trades Council
Marcy Drummond, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Cecilia Estolano, Green for All
Dan Henrich, Pacific Data Electric, Inc.
Bernie Kottlier, Green Energy Solutions, IBEW-NECA/LMCC
Daniel Villao, California Construction Academy, UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
Robin Walther, Study Manager on Behalf of Southern California Edison

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Making Climate Change Policy Work in Difficult Economic Times

A Conference Focusing on the Job and Equity Impacts of Carbon Pricing Policies

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, UC Berkeley

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Carbon pricing policies like cap-and-trade programs are being proposed or implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California, the Western states of the US and Canada, and nationally. This conference explored the design options within carbon pricing policies that shape impacts on jobs, employment, and equity. Presenters included leading policy makers, economists, labor leaders, environmental justice advocates, and others.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, California Labor Federation's Workforce and Economic Development Program, Apollo Alliance, Energy Foundation, Don Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy, and others.

California Labor Federation Workforce and Economic Development Conference: Green Jobs Workshop Track

June 11 through 13, 2008

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The Labor Center assisted with the development of a green jobs workshop track which was offered at the June 11-13, 2008 Workforce and Economic Development Conference in Los Angeles. Workshop topics included what and where are the jobs; green manufacturing possibilities; job quality and the green economy; and best practices in environmental/labor collaborations.