Green Collar Jobs Council

The Green Collar Jobs Act established the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC) under the purview of the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The CWDB is charged with developing a comprehensive workforce development plan for the State as described in the Workforce Training Act of 2008 and with federal responsibilities outlined in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

“California leads the nation in creating jobs in renewable energy and the design and construction of more efficient buildings and new technologies.  While the renewable energy sector is small relative to the overall economy, it pays good wages and will only grow bigger as oil prices increase and the effects of climate change become more obvious and expensive.  In the beginning of the computer industry, jobs were numbered in the thousands. Now they are in the millions. The same thing will happen with green jobs, and California is positioned perfectly to reap the economic benefits that will inevitably flow.  California is attracting billions of dollars in clean tech venture capital investments.  In 2011, almost 40 percent of such investments were made in California, making it not only the leader in the nation but in the world.”

– Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. “State of the State” address, January 18, 2012

The Green Collar Jobs Council makes recommendations and creates strategies for comprehensive and effective workforce training opportunities to help prepare California’s current and future workforce to meet the skills demand from businesses supporting the energy efficiency and clean energy sectors.