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According to the National Renewable Energy Lab, the major barriers to a more rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency in America are insufficient skills and training.

In 2007, President Bush signed the Green Jobs Act to train workers for green collar jobs. It authorizes $125 million for workforce training programs targeted to veterans, displaced workers, at-risk youth, and families in extreme poverty. It will train people for jobs like installing solar panels and weatherization.

In 2006 renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies generated 8.5 million new jobs, nearly $970 billion in revenue, and more than $100 billion in industry profits.

Industries offering green jobs include -- energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation, and low-carbon fuels, as well as the compliance sector that develops and implements public policies and economic development initiatives.

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Starting in 2008, it will start training young workers in a local Green Jobs Corps, a model for a national program that is now developing. Green Jobs Corps provides job training in skilled trades: manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance, and installation.

Most green jobs are "middle-skill" jobs, requiring more education than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree.

The major portion of skilled job coursework is focused on energy efficiency topics, which are of greater concern in the current building market.

Some green jobs are a bridge to high-skill professional jobs or entrepreneurial opportunities; others are perfect entry level or transitional jobs for urban residents.

Additional Resources for Green Job Programs

Don’t Train for Jobs that Don’t Exist: It is a gross disservice and a waste of resources to shepherd people through a jobs program only to have them discover that there are no decent jobs—or ongoing professional training opportunities—waiting for them.

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Operator Certification courses, provide students with a supplemental trade certification upon completion. There are a growing array of certification programs that help with training, continuing education, marketing support for small businesses, and reference directories for consumers of those trained service providers. Some of the certification programs in use in the building construction industry are provided by USGBC (LEED® programs), US EPA (Energy Star®), and the RESNET (Home Energy Rating System®), building commissioning, and other programs by local colleges and technical training groups.

You'll find an extensive list of these energy and building skills programs on our list of energy/facility programs, and BOC Building Operator Certifications

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