How to land one of the millions of new clean energy jobs

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Federal legislation is projected to create 1.5 million new jobs in infrastructure and clean energy each year for the next ten years! Whether you want to decarbonize energy supply chains for hydrogen hubs, accelerate electric vehicle battery manufacturing or write grants to implement geothermal energy plants, there’s a role for you.

Our guest, Betony Jones, directs the federal Office of Energy Jobs. A hallmark of her whole career has been finding climate solutions that boost the economy and provide good union jobs. In this episode, Betony Jones will guide you to where those jobs are and how to get one.

Episode notes

Betony Jones is a nationally recognized expert in labor-climate issues, with a focus on the intersection between climate jobs, clean energy, and unions. As the director of the Office of Energy Jobs, she oversees workforce development strategies and engages with organized labor and other stakeholders to ensure that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) policies and program implementation result in high-quality jobs and economic equity.

Previously, Jones was a senior advisor on workforce for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She began her career working on climate science in the White House Office of Science and Technology policy in the Clinton Administration. From there, she spent 20 years researching the economic opportunities associated with climate action, including as associate director of the Green Economy program at the University of California Labor Center and as founder and CEO of Inclusive Economics, a national strategy firm working at the intersection of labor, workforce, and clean energy.

Resources from this episode – how to learn more and where to apply: 

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