Describes the opportunities and challenges Washington faces in furthering the state’s green economy and identifies how workforce development can best help the state achieve the benefits of a green economy.
“Washington has been at the forefront of [clean energy and energy efficiency] efforts historically, and the state can benefit by continuing to lead with policy, programs and other innovative approaches to achieve the goals of a green economy. Progress has been made to better align the various state and regional economic development plans and strategies intended to attain these goals, and to improve coordination between economic and workforce development. However, the plethora of economic development plans and strategies in use makes true alignment more challenging and underscores the need for even greater emphasis on this important component of economic development: A green economy requires a well-developed workforce and an innovative workforce education system to support it” (p. iii). (Abstractor: Author)