Serve Washington. Serve Washington, formerly the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, was established under Governor Executive Order 16-08 to:
Serve Washington is made up of 20 members appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. The Office of Financial Management administers federal grants and provides state resources for staffing and supporting Serve Washington.
Green Economy Jobs Growth Initiative. In 2008, the Legislature established the Green Economy Jobs Growth Initiative with a goal of increasing the number of clean energy jobs in the state to 25,000 by 2020. Specific actions related to the green economy were to be carried out by a number of state agencies.
Evergreen Jobs Act. In 2009, the Legislature established the Evergreen Jobs Initiative with a goal of creating 15,000 new green economy jobs by 2020 and other goals related to employment, job training, investment, and exports. Under that act, the Employment Security Department is required to conduct and update labor market research on the green economy. The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is required to create and pilot green industry skill panels to conduct labor market and industry analyses and recommend strategies to meet the recruitment and training needs of the green economy workforce.
Washington Climate Corps Network. The Washington Climate Corps Network is established to provide climate-related service opportunities for young adults and veterans. The program shall be administered by Serve Washington. Serve Washington is responsible for:
Serve Washington may provide grants to support equitable access to participation in the Washington Climate Corps Network, reduce the cost of programs to host service members, and support the development of new programs.
The Office of Financial Management, in consultation with Serve Washington, may adopt rules for administering the Washington Climate Corps Network.
Clean Energy Technology Workforce Advisory Committee. The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (board) must establish an advisory committee. The advisory committee must be co-chaired by a member representing business and a member representing workers. The advisory committee's responsibilities include:
Each biennium the advisory committee, in consultation with the Department of Commerce and the Employment Security Department, must evaluate the workforce impact of Washington's climate policies. This includes an examination of labor market trends, wages and benefits in the clean energy technology sector, demographics of traditional and clean energy technology sectors, inventory of skills needed in clean energy technology jobs; and key challenges.
Each biennium, the board must develop recommendations for necessary steps to support workforce training required for clean energy technologies. The board must conduct a study of the feasibility of a transition to retirement program to preserve income, medical, and retirement benefits for workers close to retirement who face job loss or transition because of clean energy technology sector changes.
Beginning November 1, 2023, and at least once every two years, the board must report to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature, recommendations on how the state can support worker and employer needs in response to the changing workforce requirements for clean energy technology. The report must include the recommendations of the advisory committee and the board's recommendations to support workforce training for the clean energy technology sector.
The Green Economy Jobs Growth Initiative requirement that ESD conduct labor market research on the green economy, and pilot green industry skill panels are repealed.
PRO: This bill tackles important workforce issues and aids in the fight against the climate crisis. It builds climate ready and climate resilient communities through increased service opportunities and clean energy workforce development. This bill creates the Washington Climate Corps, a network of climate related service programs for young adults and veterans which will support equity centered service opportunities and fill critical gaps in the existing AmeriCorps landscape. It encourages more services on tribal lands and in overburdened communities. This bill will create the Clean Energy Technology Workforce Advisory Committee which will lay the groundwork for building the clean energy workforce of the future in partnership with our labor groups. Communities of color deserve an opportunity at the creation of new green jobs which will contribute to the conservation of land, jobs that pay a dignified wage, and provide opportunities for growth. This bill will leverage federal and state funding to address critical gaps in service opportunities.