If you have a moment, check out a story by Tribune reporter Barbara Grady about an Oakland-based green business movement. A new program called the Oakland Green Jobs Corps aims to connect youth in the poorest of neighborhoods with apprenticeships and entry-level jobs that start at $10.39 an hour plus health benefits.
Area solar companies, such as SolarCity (Foster City) and Borrego Solar (Berkeley), say they plan to hire dozens of workers in the next year. Green construction, biodesel and wind-energy companies discussed similar, though more modest, plans.
Do you think the growing number of corporate initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and waste (while, of course, turning a profit) will, in fact, lead to hundreds of new, steady jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled workers? If so, what role do/should schools play in preparing students for the green industry, or at least connecting them to potential jobs?