In partnership with New Yorkers for Clean Power and Mid-Hudson Valley Clean Energy Hub
This event will focus on workforce development for solar energy, weatherization, energy auditing, heat pumps, geothermal, insulation, and other green industries. Employers, training providers, and public officials who work and hire within Sullivan County are encouraged to attend. The program opens with a keynote address from Heather Brown, Acting Commissioner of Planning, Community Development & Environmental Management for Sullivan County; and Dwayne R. Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Soulful Synergy, an equity-focused workforce development training provider. A panel of local workforce experts and stakeholder breakout discussions will round out this exploration of best practices and workforce pipeline problem-solving. Lunch will be provided for Summit attendees. Attendance is free but registration is required.
A green job fair will accompany the Summit. Spanish interpretation will be available on-site, as will resume-writing assistance. Children are welcome to accompany their caregivers. Student attendees of SUNY Sullivan’s annual Earth Day event will also visit the job fair in groups to learn about green jobs. Employers and training providers alike are welcome to table with available opportunities. The job fair is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred.
WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2023
● Clean Energy Career Lunch & Stakeholder Summit: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
● Green Job & Training Fair: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: SUNY Sullivan campus, 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
● For details and to register for the Summit and/or job fair: https://cleanenergycareersny.org/event-sullivan/
New York State’s Climate Action Plan is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy. Implementing this plan requires a massive investment in the economy. The number of clean energy jobs in New York is predicted to increase by more than 200,000 this decade, greatly accelerating the need for an educated and skilled workforce. The majority of these jobs are in the building sector, as the plan calls for eventually electrifying all of NY’s 6 million buildings.
Clean energy jobs currently comprise an estimated 17% of all jobs in New York’s economy and and of those positions, 85% are in occupations that are either facing increased demand or a need for updated skills. A trained workforce is critical in the transition to a clean energy economy. Employers are having difficulty hiring with approximately 90% of employers in clean energy sectors reporting they struggle to fill open positions.
Clean Energy Careers NY is a collaborative initiative to create equitable clean energy careers pathways in New York to achieve the state’s climate and clean energy goals.
About SUNY Sullivan
SUNY Sullivan is the leader of innovative higher education and a catalyst for workforce development throughout the Sullivan Catskills and beyond. Our diverse community cultivates personal growth and professional advancement, preparing students for success in a sustainable and interconnected world. A forward-looking, top-tier community college in New York, SUNY Sullivan offers over 40 degree programs, certificates, and micro-credentials for learners at all levels of their educational goals. We value critical inquiry and creativity while supporting our students in a culture of inclusion and respect.
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