For immediate release
September 21, 2022
Jersey renews its response to the publication of the Green Economy Council’s report on green jobs
TRENTON – This morning, at a Climate Week event in New York City, Governor Murphy announced the release of the Council’s report on the Green Economy, Green Jobs for a Sustainable Future and Action Plan of 12 months. At the same time, the governor also signed an executive order today to increase the target goal for offshore wind from 7.5 MW to 11 MW by 2040.
In February 2021, Governor Phil Murphy established the Green Economy Council and tasked it with presenting a report with recommendations on how New Jersey should transition to a green economy. According to the report, New Jersey can expect to see 314,888 additional net employment years supported over the next 10 years based on the current green policies and investments enacted in New Jersey to date. The report outlines the steps New Jersey must take to create an inclusive and vibrant green economy that will create business opportunities, improve communities and create well-paying jobs.
Transitioning to a clean, green energy economy presents tremendous opportunities for economic growth in our state, but it must be done in a way that respects workers and includes underserved communities and populations, many of whom have been historically prevented from engaging in the most dynamic sectors of our economy. Today’s report outlines our state’s roadmap to achieving this goal by focusing on nine key areas:
Creating high-quality green jobs
Prioritize the creation of local and targeted jobs
Putting all energy workers first
Target gaps in workforce development
Meeting the needs of the underserved workforce
Partnership with unions on training
Develop manufacturing and supply chain
Align with the education ecosystem
“Jersey Renews applauds the release of today’s report and thanks the administration, as well as the many public members of the Council on the Green Economy, who have worked diligently to create a roadmap for our state to grow the green economy while focusing on New Jersey’s workers and communities,” said Drew Tompkins, campaign manager for the Jersey Renews Coalition. “The policies outlined in the report will expand economic opportunity for historically excluded communities, fight climate change and create thousands of well-paying jobs, including many unionized jobs in our state.”
“The roadmap offers policy solutions that will help create a green economy that will produce good green jobs that are accessible to all New Jerseyans,” said Debra Coyle, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council and board member of the Green economy. “Transitioning to the green economy will create thousands of well-paying, family-friendly jobs for New Jersey workers and provides an unprecedented opportunity to expand our current workforce that will ensure that fossil fuel workers will not be not left behind.”
“Workforce development and training for green jobs, especially for communities of color and low-income communities, is critical to the moral legitimacy of the green economy in New Jersey,” said Reverend Ronald Tuff, New Jersey organizer for Green Faith. “We welcome the council’s initial recommendations in this regard and hope they will be backed by the substantial and sustained funding they need and deserve.”
“Offshore wind is the best way to achieve New Jersey’s clean renewable energy mandates and Governor Murphy’s Executive Order cements the reality that offshore wind will continue to grow over the next decade. The growth of the clean energy economy can be a boon to New Jersey’s clean energy future and kudos to the Council’s work in charting that future. The transition from a fossil fuel economy will be a transition, but we can create a more sustainable future that protects the public health of all workers and families, develops clean and renewable energy and protects our environment,” said said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. “The report’s roadmap recommendations should be a clean energy conservation blueprint for how we can achieve Governor Murphy’s commitment to reduce pollution from global warming by 50% this decade. .”
Jersey Renews is a broad coalition of labour, faith, community and environmental organizations working for state action on climate and good family jobs in the transition to a green economy.
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