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Baldwin Introduces GREEN Act in Senate

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January 23, 2014

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Baldwin Introduces GREEN Act in Senate

Recently, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (GREEN) Act (S.1952). The bill is a companion to the House GREEN Act sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA). Sen. Baldwin publicly announced the Senate GREEN Act during a tour of technical colleges across Wisconsin.

The GREEN Act provides for a new $100 million competitive grant to develop CTE programs of study that focus on emerging careers and jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation. Additionally, the bill encourages the development of CTE facilities that are energy efficient and promotes the use of renewable energy practices. “In order to create a made in Wisconsin economy that is built to last, we must invest in job training and workforce readiness for clean energy jobs,” said Sen. Baldwin. CTE programs offer the flexibility and responsiveness to serve the growing and evolving workforce needs of green energy industry.

ACTE worked closely with Sen. Baldwin’s offices in developing this legislation and we proudly endorse this effort! ACTE Deputy Executive Director Steve DeWitt said, “CTE offers students exposure to the range of sustainable energy career options available today, while providing the education and training necessary to ensure that our nation’s workforce is prepared for the green jobs of the future. The GREEN Act builds on these efforts by encouraging CTE institutions to further develop technical programs of study that lead to careers in the green energy field.” Please contact your Senators and ask them to become a cosponsor of the GREEN Act!

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