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Sarah White | Apr 10, 2009
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills
Greening Wisconsin’s Workforce: Training, Recovery, and the Clean Energy Economy tackles the question of how Wisconsin can best pursue the greener and more equitable promise of the clean energy economy. It looks at how the state can use Recovery Act dollars and a first-rate technical college system to ensure that the emerging green economy benefits Wisconsin’s working families.
Apr 06, 2009
Category: Energy

The Wisconsin Apollo Alliance is asking the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature to take bold steps to move Wisconsin into the clean energy economy.  In a letter to the committee, it asks legislators to amend the Energy Independence Fund, so that at least a percentage of that fund must be used to build renewable energy supply chains in Wisconsin.


Wisconsin is facing a critical moment. The economic downturn has had a very serious impact on its economy and citizens. We have lost jobs and companies, and many industries are struggling to deal with high energy prices, lack of credit, and a sluggish market.


As the state is now poised to spend millions of dollars from the Federal Recovery Act and State Stimulus Bill, this crisis may present an opportunity to move Wisconsin forward into the clean energy economy in way that is clean, equitable, and profitable.


With its historic strength in manufacturing, a strong workforce, and an excellent technical college system, Wisconsin is in a good position to build renewable energy and energy efficiency supply chains and to manufacture components needed for renewable energy generation and increased energy efficiency. A $1.6 billion investment in renewable component manufacturing in Wisconsin could generate over 35,000 new jobs.  


However, Wisconsin must take action to capture this potential. Already, we are falling behind other states in this area, and our manufacturing sector is suffering as a result.

In order to realize the full potential of the clean energy economy, Wisconsin Apollo believes the Department of Commerce should:

  • Identify companies that produce renewable components and work with them to map their supply chains.
  • Target support towards in-state firms that are interested in re-tooling to fit into these renewable energy supply chains.
  • Connect companies developing renewable energy resources in Wisconsin with the in-state manufacturers that can supply their needs.
  • Make any state support contingent on the provision of high-quality jobs, including payment of a living wage, provision of health insurance, card-check neutrality, and a commitment to worker training.
Eric Sundquist | Apr 01, 2009
Category: Jobs & Skills, Energy: Energy Efficiency, Energy
This report, based on joint work by COWS (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and the Powell Center for Construction and Environment (University of Florida), suggests a way to get at least policy-level answers to the question of what kinds of jobs result from investment in building energy efficiency (EE). Program designers, armed with better knowledge of the building stock, energy costs, specific EE measures likely to be supported, and other local data, will be able to provide much more robust estimates as they move toward program implementation.
Wisconsin Apollo Alliance | Feb 13, 2009
Category: State & Local Policy, Energy
The Wisconsin Apollo State Policy Platform for 2009 supports the promotion of clean energy manufacturing, to enact tougher appliance efficiency standards, to set higher goals for Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard, to make a major state effort in building efficiency, to cap, auction and invest, to create affordable, accessible, and comprehensive public transit systems, and to enact a low carbon fuel standard.
Gerry Hudson, Joel Rogers, Phil Thompson | Dec 31, 2008
Category: Energy: Energy Efficiency, State & Local Policy, Energy, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills

This memo offers suggestions on program architecture for a national effort to build “emerald” cities, our shorthand for high-road cities committed to greening their economies in equitable and democratically accountable ways.

Eric Sundquist and Craig Boardman | Dec 15, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
Government reformers in the United States have recently focused on running public agencies more like private firms by emphasizing economic rewards, such as merit pay. Meanwhile, a body of literature has grown that indicates that public servants respond to factors that financially based reward initiatives tend to ignore.
Joel Rogers and R.B. Freeman | Nov 28, 2008
Category: High Road
There is much in federalism that should excite anyone seeking the variety, experimentation, and learning that states can bring to finding solutions to national problems. Progressive federalism seeks to harness this potential state contribution to our national democracy without retreating from civil rights and a national affirmative state.
Green for All, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Center for American Progress action fund | Nov 25, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills, Energy

The Clean Energy Corp will be a combined service, training, and job creation effort to combat global warming, grow local and regional economies and demonstrate the equity and employment promise of the clean energy economy.

Nov 13, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
Education and skills will be the cornerstone of competitiveness for Wisconsin.  Leaders throughout the state and its southeastern region, known as the Milwaukee 7, or M7,  are working in new ways to build the skills of the workforce and to ensure that regional employers have the employee and skill base they need.  Research laid out in this report, conducted over the summer of 2008, is intended to help strengthen these efforts by providing more information on a key population in need of skills—adult basic education (ABE) students—and offering some insights on student perceptions of their own skills, the labor market, and the training they need to move ahead.  Further, the report provides more detailed information on the broader population of low-wage working adults in the M7 region. The conclusion offers some policy suggestions that would help enhance the advancement prospects of regional ABE students.
Oct 23, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills

This report provides a detailed picture of the region's health care workforce, offering for the first time representative information from hospitals throughout the South Central/Southwest region.


Read the full report. Also available is a response piece to the report provided by Janice K. Bultema of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.