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Green Jobs in Hawaii


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Brief introduction and data points on green jobs in Hawaii. Presented by Brant Hi'ikua Chillingworth, Program Officer at the Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation, at the 2012 Hawaii Environmental Education Symposium Green Jobs in Hawaii session.

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Green Jobs in Hawaii

  1. 1. GREEN JOBS IN HAWAI‘IBackground information and data pointsBrant Chillingworth, Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation
  2. 2. GREEN JOBS PIPELINE: HAWAI‘ISCHOOLS Key Data Points – Enrollment and Graduation School Enrollment Data [HI Totals (SY 09 – 10)]  178,649 public school students  7,819 charter school students  34,845 private school students Four-Year Graduation and Dropout Rates (public + charter schools)  Graduation Rate= 79.3%  Dropout Rate= 16.6%  Other= 4.1%
  4. 4. HOW MANY JOBS ARE AVAILABLE? According to a recent UHERO study by Kim Burnett and Christopher Wada: As of 2012 in Hawai‘i there are:  at least 3,279 jobs in the environmental resource management sector  15,255 jobs in the energy sector  6,300 jobs in the agricultural sector
  5. 5. UHERO REPORT 2012
  6. 6. WHAT’S WORKING IN TERMS OFCONNECTING STUDENTS TO JOBS INENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCEMANAGEMENT? Key Findings from the results of a 2011 Foundation survey (n=130): The top three “barriers and limitations to strengthening the pipeline of Hawai‘i youth from pursuing careers in NRM:” 1. Low pay (either real or perceived), and limited opportunities for upward mobility in NRM jobs 2. Limited accessibility to quality post-secondary education and training programs 3. A limited number of full-time positions; or entry level openings According to survey respondents, the top three most important resources to help train or develop young environmental resource management professionals are: 1. Paid internships and fellowships (note: quality and intensity vary) 2. Financial support (e.g. scholarships and/or program support) 3. Mentorship programs
  7. 7. ABOUT HAU‘OLI MAU LOAFOUNDATION Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation is an independent foundation that works in partnership with nonprofit organizations, most of which are in Hawai`i, to expand opportunities for those who are less fortunate, especially children, and to preserve and protect the environment. Our 5 Program Areas are:  Youth  AffordableHousing  Humanitarian Relief  First Generation Partners  Environment (new program as of 2010)  Invasive Species Prevention  Environmental Leadership Pathways
  9. 9. CONCLUSION Some bright spots:  STEM  Strong interest in NRM related internships and fellowships  Strong interest in ‘āina-based education and programs  “Impact Investing”  Potential impact of the HELP  The Panel