California’s Green Collar Jobs Act

California has a number of formal acts in law. The Unemployment Insurance Code provides the California Green Collar Jobs Act of 2008, which is contained in Sections 15000 through 15003. Division 8 was added in 2008 by Chapter 312. Section 15000 names the law.

Section 15001 contains six legislative findings and declarations, including that the State of California has long been a national and international leader in the environment, natural resources, pollution prevention and energy, as well as recent landmark laws in the areas of climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation fuels.

Moreover, as the green economy grows, it will come with an increased demand for a highly skilled and well-trained “green collar” workforce. The California Workforce Investment Board is required to adopt a sector-based strategic approach to meet the workforce and economic development needs of the industrial sector. This strategy must ensure that the industry has a skilled workforce and can provide employment, training and career advancement opportunities for all Californians.

Section 15002 requires the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) to establish a special committee known as the Green Collar Jobs Council (GCJC), consisting of appropriate representatives of existing CWIB members, including the K-12 representative. year, the California Community Colleges representative, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development representative, the Department of Employment Development representative, and other appropriate members.

As part of the strategic initiative, the GCJC must focus on developing the framework, funding, strategies, programs, policies, partnerships and opportunities needed to meet the growing need for a workforce. highly qualified and well-trained work to meet the needs of California’s emerging nations. green economy. The GCJC is required to carry out specified activities.

The CWIB may accept all income, monies, grants, goods or services from federal and state entities, philanthropic organizations and other sources, to be used for purposes related to the administration and implementation of the strategic initiative. In addition, the CWIB is required to ensure the highest level of transparency and accountability and to make information available on the CWIB website.

Section 15003 requires the CWIB to report annually to the Legislative Assembly on the status of the GCJC’s activities, grants awarded, and its development and implementation of a strategic workforce initiative green work.

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