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Green Data for a Growing Green Economy Research Reports and Education & Training Providers Catalog

Labor Market Research of Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
The Economic Impact of Green Activity in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
Green Job Gap Analysis in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
Green Jobs-Related Education and Training Providers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
 
Green LMI Webinar Materials
National Labor Market Information Key Findings and Promising Practices May 2011 Webinar: PDF, Audio Recording 
 
Mid-Atlantic's Growing Green Economy April 2011 Webinar: PDF, Audio Recording 
 
 
Green Webinar News
 
 MARC GREEN WORKFORCE STUDIES AND GREEN JOBS PORTAL MARRY
RESEARCH WITH REAL-TIME TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT GREEN ECONOMY
Portal is the First Multi-State Regional Labor Exchange with Geographic Interface in US History
 
July 5, 2011 – Millersville – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative’s (MARC) Green Consortium is pleased to announce that its groundbreaking Green Data for a Growing Green Economy research reports and state-of-the-art green jobs portal are now available at www.marcgreenworks.com. The MARC Green Works Jobs portal provides free, real-time job search and recruitment tools for DC, Maryland and Virginia jobseekers and employers while the Green Data for a Growing Green Economy reports give individuals from the government, education and business communities an unprecedented look at the state of the region’s green workforce. The project was funded through a $4 million competitive grant from the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  

Ten top research findings include:
  1. The green economy represents an estimated $34.8 billion in terms of DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s gross regional product or GRP;
  2. 8-9% of region’s employers with more than one employee have green jobs;
  3. 235,600 green jobs exist in the MARC region and that number is expected to grow by 12% in the next two years;
  4. 50% of green jobs were concentrated in the construction, technical services, and education/policy sectors although green jobs were found in more than 300 industries across the region;
  5. The greatest number of green jobs are in energy efficiency and energy conservation;
  6. Green growth is projected in activities related to construction, professional, scientific, technical services and support, and waste management services;
  7. 75% of the region’s green employers offered on-the-job training (OJT) for workers;
  8. 6,500 green jobs were available at the time of the mid-2010 survey and most openings did not require a degree but relied on on-the-job training;
  9. Jobs requiring a BA degree or above accounted for 69% of green employment in DC, 23% in Maryland, and 26% in Virginia; and
  10. In DC, the largest gaps (shortages of trained applicants for green jobs) are in the life, physical and social science, architecture and engineering, and business and financial operations occupations while in Maryland and Virginia, the business and financial operations and computer and mathematical occupations are more heavily impacted.
The Green Data for a Growing Green Economy research reports and catalog include:
  • Labor Market Research of Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia;
  • Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia;
  • The Economic Impact of Green Activity in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia;
  • Green Job Gap Analysis in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; and
  • Green Jobs-Related Educational and Training Providers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
The MARC Green Works Jobs portal, the job search and recruitment web component of the MARC Green Consortium project, is available at www.marcgreenworks.com. Unlike conventional job boards, the MARC Green Works Jobs portal provides updated green and other job postings every 24 hours to ensure the quality of postings provided. Through the use of “web spidering” for jobs based on keywords, the portal delivers postings from DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s online labor exchange as well as public and private job boards and company websites. Job seeker services include job postings, job market trends, career information, and job market exploration tools, while employer services include resume search tools. In addition, the portal provides real-time labor market data (area profile, occupation profile, industry profile, and labor market facts) to help jobseekers and employers make real-life decisions.

About the MARC Green Consortium Project
In 2009, a $4 million grant from the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration was awarded to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (a consortium of state workforce and education leaders from DC, Maryland and Virginia) to improve innovative labor market information (LMI) activities in support of the strategic expansion of a regional green economy. The project, known as the MARC Green Consortium, included the following partners: the MD Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the DC Department of Employment Services, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Employment Commission, ICF International, Geographic Solutions, Magnum Economic Consulting, the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, the College of William and Mary, and the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore. The grant was administered by the Maryland Workforce Corporation. For information and updates, follow MARC Green Works on Twitter @marcgreenworks.

About MARC
Established in 2007, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (MARC)is a regional coalition committed to enhancing the economic vitality of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Led by a consortium of state workforce and education leaders from all three political jurisdictions, MARC seeks to build a globally competitive regional workforce to fuel prosperity and proactively address regional economic growth demands. Representing more than 14 million residents and 329,000 businesses and organizations with multiple employees, MARC brings a unique, tri-state perspective to its many innovative economic and workforce development initiatives. MARC is staffed by the Maryland Workforce Corporation. For more information, please visit MARC on the web at www.themarcworks.com.

About MWC
The Maryland Workforce Corporation (MWC)was created under the direction of Governor Martin O’Malley and established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2009 to seek, create, fund, and manage innovative, demand-driven workforce development programs that provide Marylanders with the education and skills they need to be successful in today’s job market. In addition to its unique role as both a grant-seeking and grant-making institution, MWC serves as Maryland’s top resource for program administration and research regarding emerging workforce issues. Known for delivering programs on time and on budget, MWC connects top decision-makers at all levels of government, education, business, and grant-making institutions to create a stronger Maryland workforce and regional economy. For updates and information, connect with MWC on the web at www.theworkforcecorp.org, on Twitter @workforcecorp, or on Facebook at The Workforce Corp.  
 
 
  National LMI Key Findings and Promising Practices May 20th Webinar Featured Green LMI Projects from the MARC (DC-MD-VA) region, Pennsylvania, Florida and Idaho
More than 70 individuals participated in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative's (MARC) national Labor Market Information Key Findings and Promising Practices webinar on May 20, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., including callers from as far away as Puerto Rico and Washington State. Participants learned more about green Labor Market (LMI) projects and employment trends across the nation as speakers from mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Idaho shared their findings, best practices, and outreach mechanisms. In addition, a representative from the national Bureau of Labor Statistics discussed the federal government's efforts to track national green occupations and improve data collection. The May 20th webinar (pdf, audio recording) featured the following topics and speakers:
  1. Overview by Andrew Moser, Maryland Workforce Corporation
  2. Green Labor Market Information Studies – High-Level Findings, Lessons Learned, Ideas for the Future
  • Mid-Atlantic –  Michael Stevenson, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Eliza Johnston, ICF International
  • Pennsylvania – Ed Legge, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
  • Florida – Vesselka McAlarney, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
  • Idaho – Cheryl Foster, Idaho Department of Labor  
  1. Regional Labor Exchange Portal
  •  Paul Toomey, Geographic Solutions, Inc.
  1. Comments from Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Rick Clayton, Division of Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover
 
MARC April 5th Growing Green Economy Webinar A Huge Success
More than 150 individuals participated in MARC's Mid-Atlantic Growing Green Economy webinar on April 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., including callers from as far away as Puerto Rico and California. Participants learned more about regional green employment and training trends resulting from a comprehensive survey of 10,000 employers, and were shown free job search and recruitment tools available on www.marcgreenworks.com – the first multi-state regional labor exchange in U.S. history – which is scheduled to go live in May.
The April 5 webinar featured the following speakers:
  • Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Regional Administrator, US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration;
  • Paulette Francois, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation;
  • Andy Moser, President/CEO, Maryland Workforce Corporation;
  • Rebecca Eaton, Senior Technical Specialist, ICF International;
  • Akua Gyabaah, Senior Associate, ICF International;
  • Federico Garcia, Vice President, ICF International;
  • Fletcher Mangum, Managing Partner, Mangum Economic Consulting LLC;
  • David Finifter, Professor, College of William and Mary;
  • Carolyn Mitchell, Labor Market Information Director, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation;
  • Don Lillywhite, Labor Market Information Director, Virginia Employment Commission; and
  • Timothy Kestner, Economist, Virginia Employment Commission.
To download the April 5th webinar, click here. For a pdf of the presentation, click here.
 
About the project:
With approximately 29,000 green multiple-employee employers and an estimated 235,600 green jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the green economy contributes an estimated $13.2 direct employment costs. When factoring in direct, indirect, and induced values, the green economy represents an estimated $34.8 billion in terms of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia’s gross regional product or GRP. It is a viable regional industry expected to increase 12% in the next two years.
The MARC Green Consortium project is a $4 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Awarded to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation on behalf of MARC (a tri-state consortium comprised of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia’s labor departments), the project was established to conduct innovative and invaluable labor market information (LMI) activities to support the strategic expansion of a regional green economy. It is administered by the Maryland Workforce Corporation.
Outcomes of this 18-month project include a comprehensive three-state regional green employment, education and training survey, state-specific research on the green workforce, and the aforementioned regional green jobs portal (www.marcgreenworks.com). The portal is the nation’s first real-time green jobs identification and collection mechanism with geographic interface.

 
Outreach Events/Presentations
 
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference, 5/16/2011 to 5/19/2011, Virgina Beach, VA
  • DOL-ETA State LMI Improvement Grant Symposium, 4/28/2011 to 4/29/2011, Washington, DC
  • Baltimore Business Journal's Green Business Event, 4/21/2011, Baltimore, MD
  • Western Maryland Go Green Expo, 4/19/2011, Hagerstown, MD
  • DOL-ETA Recalibrating the Workforce Conference, 4/14/2011, Philadelphia, PA 
  • MARC Green LMI Grant Webinar, 4/5/2011 
  • Maryland Workforce Corporation Board of Directors Meeting, 3/17/2011, Severna Park, MD
  • Jobs for the Future, 3/15/2011, Washington, DC
  • Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference (CEWEC), 3/8/2011 to 3/10/2011, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, 2/8/2011 to 2/10/2011, Washington, DC
  • Energy Utility Environment Conference 2011, 1/31/2011 to 2/2/2011, Phoenix, AZ
  •  Road to Recovery: Strategies for Reemployment Summit, 12/14/2010 to 12/15/2010, Arlington,VA