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Eecs Cert Report


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this is a draft document of the Strategy to align higher education to support initiatives of the CEECP

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Eecs Cert Report

  1. 1. Higher Education Alignment to Support Initiatives of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) – CERT Report The Consortium for Education, Research & Technology (CERT) has been retained by Gulf Geoexchange and Consulting Services, Inc. in partnership with the City of Shreveport and serves on the Project Team in three key roles to support the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS): • Identify and align the combined resources of 12 higher education member institutions across North Louisiana to focus on research and development, workforce development and K-12/community outreach; • Serve a “link and leverage” role to others across existing silos—education, government, nonprofits, businesses, funding sources and others—who can help with the process (e.g. baseline, reporting, GIS); and • Help inform the work group, creating common knowledge base (e.g., best practices, analyses) to explore new educational models to use in the process. As part of the Project Team, CERT will help manage the networks, identify funding and track initiatives. Higher education resources. CERT Chancellors/Presidents (or their designees) for the past year have committed to learning the Strategic Doing process and to aligning their resources on multiple, innovative initiatives or projects. CERT has surveyed member institutions to identify current “energy systems” research projects, grants, and members of college faculties who have expertise and new technologies to contribute in one or more of the six EECS focus areas: • Building Energy Efficiency • Clean & Renewable Energy Sources • Reduction of Waste & Pollution • Transportation & Land Use Alternatives • Green Workforce/ Business Incentives • Energy Education/ Outreach Database. CERT is constructing a database of both academic and research and development resources of the 12 member institutions across the region. Examples include a Louisiana Tech University research project, “Nanoparticle Incorporated Heterogeneous Catalyst System for Biodiesel Production” and an LSU-Shreveport Institute of Human Services & Public Policy that can assist the Project Team in designing metrics and indicators. “Green Jobs” framework. CERT will convene a work group of higher education and k-12 educators to develop a plan framework for green jobs. CERT surveyed the U.S. Department of Labor February 2009 report, “Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations.” DOL urges moving beyond simply applying a broad label such as “green jobs,” to identify the “greening of occupations” in three categories, and project increased demand: • Green increased demand occupations—an increase in the employment demand for an existing occupations • Green enhanced skills occupations—a significant change to the work and worker requirements of an existing occupation; i.e., tasks, skills, knowledge and credentials have been altered, and • Green new and emerging (N&E) occupations—impact is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements; the new occupation could be entirely novel or “born” from an existing occupation. Through a multi-stage research and screening process that included a review of existing literature, identification and compiling of job titles, review and sorting of job titles, and clustering of job titles into 12 sector occupational sectors, the National Center for O*NET Development identified 64 “green increased demand,” 60 “green enhanced skills,” and 91 “new and emerging occupations.” The following matrix, excerpted from “A Green Growing Economy: Opportunities of Tomorrow,” by Juliet P. Scarpa (May 13, 2009), shows the potential for green jobs across sectors: Industry Sector Definition Requirements Sample Occupations Green Building/ The design and Manufacturing building Green architects; HVAC Sustainable/ construction of materials; planning, workers; Carpenters; Integrated design environmentally design and construction Plumbers; Welders; Traditional Industry sustainable and energy Electricians; Sheet- Sectors; Manufacturing; efficient buildings metal workers; Cement
  2. 2. Construction; Utilities masons; Skilled machine operators Energy Efficiency The retrofitting of Auditing energy use in Electricians; Traditional Industry existing building existing buildings; Technicians; Insulation Sectors: Manufacturing; infrastructure using Manufacturing materials workers; Equipment and Construction; Utilities healthy and more and devices; Installing installation specialist resource-efficient efficient lighting and (solar panel installation); models of construction, heating systems; Home weatherizing; renovation, operation, Installing insulation, Energy Auditors maintenance, and windows and demolition. appliances; Production of appropriate technologies (fluorescent lights, water filtration systems, permeable concretes, solar panels, etc.); Maintenance & operation Renewable Energy The use of natural Manufacturing parts; Solar panel installer; (Solar/PV, Wind resources (other than Assembly & Installation Steelworkers Energy, Geothermal, Biomass) for energy of solar panels/ finished Hydro/Marine) which are naturally heating systems; Traditional Industry replinishable Constructing wind Sectors: Utilities farms; Operating and maintaining wind turbines; repairing systems; Marketing and selling systems to consumers Recycling/ Waste The collection, Composting; Materials Recycling technician; Management/ Removal treatment, and disposal reuse and recycling; Waste treatment Traditional Industry or reuse of waste Pollution Control; Water operators; Sustainability Sectors: Manufacturing; materials Conservation & coordinator; Bio-mimicry Utilities; Technology treatment; Components, engineer; Environmental Manufacturing & Science and protection Distribution/Enabling technician Technology; Environmental Consulting, Protection & Remediation Smart Grid/ Smart Auto-balancing, self- Manufacturing & Field and control Energy monitoring power grid Installation, Distributing engineers; Traditional Industry that accepts any source and marketing products Communication protocol Sectors: Manufacturing; of fuel and transforms it program manager; Utilities into a consumer’s Managing consultant optimal renewable energy usage with minimal human intervention Biomass/ Biofuels/ Fuel creation from Growing and harvesting Process technicians in Biosynergy/ Ethanol/ chemical/ biological crops for feedstock, biodiesel or ethanol Fuel Cells/ Hydrogen materials other than collecting waste oils for companies Traditional Industry- fossil fuels feedstock, sectors; Manufacturing; manufacturing parts for Construction; production facilities; Agriculture; construction, transportation maintenance and operation of production facilities Vehicle Electrification/ A ground vehicle Public Transportation, Research and Alternative propelled by a motor Bicycle repair & bike Development jobs;
  3. 3. Transportation powered by electrical delivery services, Technology design jobs; Traditional Industry energy from Transit line construction, Hybrid & Biodiesel Sectors: Transportation rechargeable batteries Emissions broker, vehicle conversion & or other source onboard Engine component repair jobs; the vehicle or from and manufacturing Maintenance jobs; external source in, on, Automotive service or above the roadway technicians and mechanics Sustainable An integrated system of Production, Marketing, Sustainable/ organic Agriculture/ Green plant and animal Processing, farming; Local Food Space production practices Consumption production/ systems; Traditional Industry that are efficient and Forestry – sustainable Sectors: Agriculture sustainable forestry worker; Urban agriculture; Land use planning; Sustainable landscaping Green Jobs in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) Focus Areas CERT will work with the EECS work group on Green Workforce/ Business Incentives to engage an open network of public and private sector stakeholders (e.g. North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Workforce Investment Board representatives, energy-related employer representatives) to identify occupations in the four focus areas that are expected to show a) increased demand, b) enhanced skills, or c) new and emerging occupations. The work group will develop a Matrix naming green occupations needed for the focus areas, sorted by categories—increased demand, enhanced skills, or new and expanded (N&E)—citing labor demand information, listing available training programs, and identifying curricula that need to be developed with employer input. EECS Focus Area Potential “Green Jobs” Growth Building Energy Efficiency Green architects Sheet-metal workers Represents both the design and construction of HVAC workers Cement masons environmentally sustainable and energy efficient Carpenters Skilled machine operators buildings as well as the retrofitting of existing building Plumbers Insulation workers infrastructure Welders Home weatherizing Electricians Energy auditors Clean & Renewable Energy Sources Solar panel installer Onsite renewable energy generation; energy Field and control engineers distribution technology; and reduction/ capture of Communication protocol program manager methane and other greenhouse gases Reduction of Waste & Pollution Recycling technician Recycling programs; reduction of greenhouse gas Waste treatment operators emissions; and watershed management Sustainability coordinator Environmental science & protection technician Transportation & Land Use Alternatives Research & development jobs Energy conservation in transportation; sustainable Technology design jobs agriculture and green space CNG and electrical conversion and repair jobs Automotive technicians and mechanics Organic farming Land use planning Local food productionSustainable landscaping Urban agriculture Forestry worker Implications for EECS Work Group on sixth Focus Area, Energy Education/ Outreach The “Green Jobs” work group will summarize process and research, with recommendations for the EECS Steering Committee. The work group, spanning K-12, community colleges and universities, will identify “career pathways” or “career lattices” that offer opportunities for citizens to pursue ascending levels of education and certifications. The green revolution can bring both environmental and social change by providing green jobs that are family-supporting to people without high levels of education, provided they
  4. 4. seek additional training. Historically, community colleges have moved the working poor to middle-skills jobs with sustaining wages; Bossier Parish Community College, Louisiana Technical College, and Southern University at Shreveport address that need. Potential funding opportunities. CERT has developed a summary sheet and is researching federal and other funding opportunities that EECS can leverage for identified energy efficiency and conservation projects. Of the funding opportunities reviewed, fewer than one-third require cost sharing, though all programs award points for leveraging other grants and private sector partners, for example, a Retrofit Ramp-up program rewards partnering with banks, local utilities, appliance retailers, and construction firms. Funding agencies and programs include Housing & Urban Development, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, Department of the Interior, Department of Education, and Department of Transportation. Building energy audits, tax credits, and weatherization, particularly for low-income, are encouraged, and innovation is rewarded across a wide variety of market sectors. (See samples in the Appendix.) Public/ private partnerships. CERT will identify and align strategic partners to support EECS working groups. For example, CERT currently works with Community Renewal International (CRI) in connecting Louisiana higher education to companies like Storer Equipment, Trane, Hubbell Building Automation and CISCO to deploy new energy conserving technologies for the design and construction of the national Center for Community Renewal. Energy education/ outreach. Although CERT will be convening higher education and K-12 for collaborative efforts around green workforce and curricula, the EECS Steering Committee stipulates that every project selected and funded should incorporate strategies and funds for marketing energy education to citizens. On member states, “Think of ourselves and build policies that encourage us to think of ourselves as energy producers and consumers, energy entrepreneurs.” Another urged creating energy-related projects that serve neighborhoods and diversion programs for unemployed, underemployed, prison labor and at-risk youth. CERT was asked to serve as the “key hub for collaboration” around projects that educate citizens about energy. For example, CERT is partnering with EnCana Energy, Bossier Parish Community College and Southern University at Shreveport to conduct four, one-week Energy Venture Camps in summer 2010 for Bossier and Caddo 14- and 15-year olds. Some members of the EECS Steering Committee and Project Team also serve on the Shreveport/Caddo Master Plan work groups, and will seek to build on the values identified by Shreveport citizens. CERT will identify portions of the Master Plan that contribute to EECS initiatives to improve Shreveport’s energy independence.