January 15, 2010 by Jane Moorman NMSU NewsCenter
New Mexico State University has a role in New Mexico Green Jobs development, according to Vice Provost for Engagement Paul H. Gutierrez, who represented NMSU and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture while serving on Governor Bill Richardson’s Green Jobs Cabinet.
The cabinet, with representation from the state’s higher education, public education, workforce solutions and economic development departments, has delivered to the governor the Green Job Cabinet Report on green jobs in New Mexico.
In addition, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Green Job Cabinet Education Committee, developed the New Mexico Green Job Guidebook, a resource for job seekers of all types.
“These two documents speak to the important role that universities and community colleges will play in the green economy,” Gutierrez said. “The documents will help people throughout the state in local regions and jurisdictions to think about where the economic opportunities are in their backyards.”
The 95-page Green Job Cabinet Report provides an outline of the things that the state needs to do to ensure that New Mexico remains a leader in energy innovation. It also details the state’s abundant renewable energy resources including solar, wind, geothermal and agricultural.
The report outlines five key strategies and goals to grow New Mexico’s green economy and offers recommendations to achieve those goals, which are for New Mexico to be the leader in renewable energy export, to be the center of the North American solar industry by making New Mexico the “Solar Valley” of the United States, to lead the nation in green grid innovation, to be a center of excellence for green building and energy efficiency, and to have a highly skilled and ready-to-work workforce.
The 28-page Green Job Guidebook is a resource for job seekers, students, guidance counselors, career advisors, policy makers and anyone else interested in knowing about the tremendous potential of New Mexico’s existing and growing green job marketplace.
The guidebook contains an index of current and potential green jobs in New Mexico, how green jobs are a pathway out of poverty, about green job apprenticeship programs offered by unions and utility companies, government-sponsored green job placement assistance, green job programs at New Mexico colleges and universities, and what a green career pathway map is.
“These two products may be useful to our faculty to advise and educate students and communities about the green economy and green jobs in New Mexico,” Gutierrez said. “The two reports can be resources both in the classroom and the Cooperative Extension Service community outreach programs.”
Gutierrez added that the documents provide resource data that can be helpful in preparing competitive grant applications to obtain federal funding.
“The Green Job Report provides a strategic focus for New Mexico as we compete for federal stimulus funding opportunities,” he said. “Our College of Engineering and College of Business, as well as NMSU-Grants and Doña Ana Community College, have all been aggressively seeking these funds in relationship to developing green jobs.
“NMSU-Grants and Dona Ana Community College have used the report to demonstrate state-wide support and direction of workforce training programs as they prepare their Department of Labor applications for the Pathways Out of Poverty grant and Energy Training Partnership grant.”
The Green Job Report is available at the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s website http://www.edd.state.nm.us/greenEconomy/governorsGreenJobsCabinetReport.pdf. The New Mexico Green Job Guidebook is available at http://www.edd.state.nm.us/greenEconomy/greenJobs/nmGreenJobsGuidebook.pdf.