Good news on clean tech jobs! Almost 12% growth last year and 80K jobs in Mass. Here's the latest from the MassCEC report released yesterday: http://bit.ly/16iajQz
We are very excited to have released our newest report, "Local Food Local Jobs: Job Growth and Creation in the Pioneer Valley Food System."
Our report seeks to answer the questions: If more of what people ate in the Pioneer Valley came from the Pioneer Valley, would it create jobs? And, if so, what would those jobs be?
Of course, the answer to these questions is complex and explored in depth in the report. But the short answer is yes. Local food creates local jobs across the food system -- from seed to soil. We hope you enjoy the report.
The Commonwealth Corporation is organizing a teen employment event on April 2nd at Worcester Technical High School from 8:30 to 10:30 to release our Teen Employment Study, Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects. This is a study conducted with Paul Harrington which surveyed, interviewed and conducted focus groups with nearly 200 businesses from industries that have historically hired teens. It asked businesses about their perceptions of teens’ hard skills, behaviors, employment laws, factors affecting hiring decisions and other hiring preferences. This study collects data to explain the dramatic decline in teen employment rates over the past decade or so.
The CWC deadline for proposals to present at the conference this year is next Monday. Here's the link: http://cwc.cedac.org/Conference2013CallForPresenters.html
We're interested in the jobs stormwater solutions can create. To learn more about the example of porpus pavement, go to this event where they will describe installing and maintaining porous pavement.
We just posted pictures of bioretention stormwater solutions, designed by our friends at Nitsch Engineering. And if you think that does not sound sexy, well, you could not be more wrong. See for yourself:
Yesterday, Alex Risley Schroeder participated in a Save our Skills event in Western Mass, designed to highlight the dangers of continued cuts to the workforce development system in our commonwealth. Here are some links to articles covering the event:
National Skills Coalition has a great fact sheet on what sequestration will mean for workforce development state by state. Here it is for MA: http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/resources/reports/state-by-state-sequester-reports/nsc_sequestration-state-issue_21.pdf
Deb is presenting at the Mass Green Career Conference, Oct 4. http://bit.ly/RyOYhB Come hear why "Sustainability is Becoming Everybody's Job."