Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and a Green Workforce
As Americaâ€™s economy transforms itself into a green economy, community colleges â€“ with their ability to turn on a dime to meet changing market conditions â€“ will become increasingly important. America will need educated technicians whose skills can cross industry lines; those are community college graduates. We will need technicians who are able to learn new skills as technologies evolve; these are community college graduates. With the support of their local business partners, as well as state and federal governments, Americaâ€™s community colleges will meet the demands of the green economy.
This report examines the growing role of community colleges in a low-carbon, clean energy
- provides examples of innovative strategies and practices used by community colleges toaddress climate change, environmental stewardship, and green workforce development;
- offers information on the fastest growing sectors and jobs in the clean energy/green economythat provide strategic opportunities for community colleges and their students;
- stimulates the dialogue on the role of community colleges in creating a sustainable future