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Women’s Pathways to the Green Economy CAMILLE CORMIER WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN SEPTEMBER 13, Women’s Pathways to the Green Economy CAMILLE CORMIER WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 [email protected] ORG

The Boost From Construction Wages Single mother with one preschooler needs $24, 139 to The Boost From Construction Wages Single mother with one preschooler needs $24, 139 to make ends meet, WOW’s national median Self. Sufficiency Standard in 2007. 60% of such women had income below the national median. 2007 BLS average annual construction salaries: Laborers -- $30, 950 HVAC - Refrigeration, Mechanics and Installers -- $40, 630 Insulation workers -- $41, 480 Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters -- $48, 442 Electricians -- $48, 100

WOW DC area construction training Washington Area Women in the Trades: 2007 – 2009 WOW DC area construction training Washington Area Women in the Trades: 2007 – 2009 WOW/YWCA/LOCAL AFL-CIO; basic pre-apprenticeship training Building Futures: 2009 – 2011 WOW/Local AFL-CIO/Covenant House; co-ed; 6 -wk basic pre- apprenticeship training; hourly training stipend pipeline to union RAPs, contractors Same ARRA/DOT funding stream as DHS/USCG mega-project Green job placements: summer school retrofitters; Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Fitness training, case management support to women

Building Futures Challenges Economic Downturn – Many skilled workers “on the bench, ” new Building Futures Challenges Economic Downturn – Many skilled workers “on the bench, ” new job creation still lags Not a Union Town – 20% of area contractors are union; Disconnect among DC/Suburban Maryland Virginia; Disconnected workforce/economic development systems; Uneven local compliance monitoring: First Source Local Hiring Stipulation, RAPs, PLAs, WIA Training Vendors High entrance requirements for urban women: High school diploma/GED, strong math skills, drivers’ license, childcare

WOW/Building Futures Opportunities DC Green Building Act of 2006/Clean & Affordable Energy Act of WOW/Building Futures Opportunities DC Green Building Act of 2006/Clean & Affordable Energy Act of 2008 Requires environmental retrofits to all commercial/public buildings by December 2012 LEED standards for new construction in 2008 -2009 Annual benchmarks of energy use posted online Amends Green Bldg. Act, $4 Billion potential revenue for energy retrofits in certain major US metro areas; includes DC (Jigar Shah, Carbon War Room) DC to pilot Sustainable Energy Utility (contractor/training provider hub for contracts, hiring, training and innovation green energy practices)

Best Practices in Green/NTO Training for Women Invest in Good Job Developers Offer Training Best Practices in Green/NTO Training for Women Invest in Good Job Developers Offer Training Stipends Support Groups (“Saving Our Sisters”) Individual post-graduation mentoring Arrange “hands-on” green training volunteer rehabs, internships, supported employment Green career education/exposure for women and girls (WOW’s “Connections to Careers, ” DCMASSC Calculator www. dcmassc. org – green careers under construction)