Green Collar Jobs - A Pathway Out Of Poverty

Resolution Number ANAL08.04

Green Collar Jobs – A Pathway Out Of Poverty

WHEREAS, the emerging green economy in California is being driven by billions of dollars of investments in clean and renewable technologies, resulting in a high demand for skilled workers to meet the growth and success of green businesses statewide; and the State of California in conjunction with cities, universities and colleges, school districts and utility companies is initiating renewable and energy efficient programs that are generating thousands of green collar jobs; and

WHEREAS, a new industrial revolution in clean and green technologies provides a historic opportunity to lift economically disadvantaged populations out of poverty by providing entry-level green collar jobs to those facing significant barriers to employment; jobs that pay livable wages, provide financial security and contribute to climate stability, creating family-supporting jobs; and

WHEREAS, workforce development and training programs in solar, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency and biofuel technologies are essential for minority and underserved populations to enter the green workforce, providing a career pathway out of poverty for poor communities that have endured decades of pollution and environmental injustice;

that the California Democratic Party supports the vision and policies of President Barack Obama to invest in the green economy to fuel job creation, expand workforce training programs in green technologies and create energy sector jobs for disadvantaged youth; and that the California Democratic Party also supports:

  • An equitable green economy that benefits all segments of society;
  • A green collar workforce that reflects California’s diverse population;
  • Expansion of green workforce and training programs in underserved communities;
  • Local hiring/training programs on all public-funded renewable and energy efficiency projects including projects under the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act;" and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party will transmit a copy of this resolution to President Barack Obama, the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the Speaker of the State Assembly, the State Senate President Pro Tem, Democratic Members of the State Legislature, all County Supervisors of California, and Mayors representing populations over 100,000.

Submitted by Mickie Solorio Luna, Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus;
Authored by Ray Gonzalez, Chief of Staff, Chicano Latino Caucus California Democratic Party;
David Greene, President; Carrie Scoville; Endorsed by the LACDP; San Pedro Democratic Club

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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