Workforce Investment Board
Green Collar Jobs Council Meeting Updates
The California Workforce Investment Board's Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC) meets every other month to discuss the current and future workforce needs of the Green/Clean economy, developing a comprehensive strategy to prepare California's workforce to meet the needs of businesses supporting the economy and ensure that efforts aimed at improving worker's skills are coordinated and effective. Carol Zabin chairs the Green Collar Jobs Council.
Archived meeting materials are available here.
June 12, 2014: Agenda
- Carol Zabin and Jessie Halpern-Finnerty (UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy) and Betony Jones (Fourth Sector Strategies) presented recommendations from the new report, "Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs: A Plan for California's Utilities". The GCJC passed a resolution to endorse the recommendations in the report.
- Lisa Paulo from the California Public Utilities Commission discussed additional, related research being conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation and gave an overview of the energy efficiency proceeding currently underway.
- Paola Benassi from Pacific Gas and Electric Company shared the IOUs plans related to some of the recommendations in the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center report.
- Proposition 39 Workforce Development Grantees : The GCJC heard from two of the six grantee cohorts awarded funding for training implementation under the Proposition 39 Pre-Apprenticeship Support, Training and Placement Grant.
- Ann Cochrane from the San Francisco Conservation Corps discussed plans for the SF partnership between Emerald Cities SF, the SF Building and Construction Trades Council, the Northern California Laborers Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, the SF Conservation Corps, John Muir Charter School, SF City College, OEWD/CityBuild and the SFCC Green Jobs Business Advisory Council.
- Christopher Donnelly (work2Future, Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network), Louise Auerhahn (Working Partnerships USA), Rayna Lehman (San Mateo Central Labor Council) and Kathleen Barber (San Mateo County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center) shared the vision and plans for the South Bay partnership between Working Partnerships USA, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance, work2future Foundation, Santa Clara & San Benito County Building and Construction Trades Council, San Mateo County Building and Construction Trades Council, South Bay Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, Bay Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, San Mateo County WIB, NOVA WIB, California Conservation Corps, and the College of San Mateo.
March 19, 2014: Agenda
- Benjamin Goldstein from the U.S. Department of Energy discussed federal efforts to recognize and promote workforce standards and credentials in the energy efficiency sector.
- Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board: The GCJC discussed the role of the Citizens Oversight Board, currently in the process of being created, and how to support oversight activities and ensure transparency and accountability for Prop 39 funds.
January 16, 2014: Agenda
- Proposed Jobs and Workforce Development Program Elements for Carbon Reduction Investments in California: The GCJC voted to approve the document (included in the agenda packet linked above), which outlines a framework for the jobs and workforce development program elements that should be implemented for state investments in carbon reduction. The GCJC recommends that state agencies and decision makers adopt and implement these program elements to support successful implementation of state programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the best possible jobs and workforce development outcomes from these public investments.
- Ryan Briscoe Young from the Greenlining Institute presented information about the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), the state's three-year investment plan, and SB 535 requirements that 25 percent of GGRF allocations benefit disadvantaged communities and 10 percent of funds be spent within disadvantaged communities.
- John Faust from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment provided an overview of the CalEnviroScreen tool developed to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by environmental pollution and socioeconomic factors. Cal/EPA uses this tool to prioritize investments and will utilize the tool to identify disadvantaged communities that should be targeted for GGRF investments.
November 13, 2013: Agenda
- Proposed Jobs and Workforce Development Program Elements for Carbon Reduction Investments in California: The GCJC continued its review and discussion of the document, and reached consensus about revisions that will be reflected in the next version of the document. The GCJC will formally take action to approve the document at its next meeting.
- Amy Wallace presented the California Workforce Investment Board's approach to allocating $3 million in Proposition 39 funds for job training and placement for youth, veterans and disadvantaged workers. A competitive solicitation will be issued by January, with grant awards announced and services beginning by March 2014.
- John Dunn discussed the California Community Colleges' plan to allocate $6 million in Proposition 39 funds for workforce development grants to community colleges for education and training in energy efficiency and clean energy generation.
- Martha Diepenbrock presented the California Conservation Corps plan to use $5 million in Proposition 39 funds to provide schools with free energy surveys including lighting and control systems, internal plug loads, HVAC, and building envelope. Survey data will be analyzed by the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center or other partners to put together recommendations for projects at each school.
- Carol Zabin updated the GCJC on the California Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) Workforce Education and Training strategic planning project led by the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center. The project team is currently soliciting stakeholder feedback on initial recommendations about how the IOUs should spend workforce education and training funds.
September 17, 2013: Agenda
- Proposition 39 Jobs and Workforce Reporting Requirements: The GCJC discussed and approved a framework to develop jobs and workforce data reporting requirements and track this data for Proposition 39 investments. The CWIB will work with the Energy Commission to create reporting tools utilized by Local Education Agencies and/or contractors as appropriate to report on jobs and workforce outcomes.
- Framework and Outcomes for Proposition 39 Training Funds: The GCJC discussed and approved the program framework and outcomes for Proposition 39 training funds for energy efficiency workforce development activities.
- Proposed Jobs and Workforce Development Program Elements for Carbon Reduction Investments in California : The guidelines in this document are intended as a starting point for discussion about program elements that should be considered to support successful implementation of our state programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the best possible jobs and workforce outcomes from these public investments. The GCJC will meet bimonthly to explore the issues and solutions outlined in this document, and identify specific recommendations for implementation.
Carol Zabin appointed to Workforce Investment Board
March 29, 2013
Carol Zabin was recently appointed to the executive council of the state Workforce Investment Board where she now participates in decisions about statewide workforce policy and investment. She has been named the Chair of the Green Collar Jobs Council, a committee of the WIB tasked with assessing and planning for the workforce needs of the clean/green economy in California.
Carol and her green jobs staff have been working to coordinate the policies and programs of the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission with the various training programs administered by State's Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Specifically the team is working closely with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the WIB to promote better alignment and coordination between the workforce investments funded by ratepayer and other energy programs and to leverage the state-approved apprenticeship system, which is a tremendous state asset for training the skilled construction trades.
Read Gov. Brown’s announcement of appointments for March 29, 2013 to the California Workforce Investment Board.