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ERIC Number: ED545507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 244
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-7235-6
Exploring New York State Policy Expectations Pertaining to Energy Efficiency and Green Collar Workforce
Pauli, Felix Asher
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY) Act of 2009 was designed to reduce energy consumption by creating green collar workforce and providing energy efficiency audits to the public. The problem addressed in this study is the discrepancy between the expectations of Green Jobs Green New York Act of 2009 and the implementation of this policy. This qualitative case study was to explore public policy expectations pertaining to implementation outcomes of the Green Jobs Green New York Act of 2009. Data collection included semi-structured interviews with multiple units of analysis from the following participants (a) members of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State, (b) New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, (c) New York State Department of Labor, (d) New York State Public Service Commission, (e) New York State Department of State, and (f) New York State Legislators'. To achieve the goals of this study, interviews were conducted selected by purposeful stratified sampling of 20 participants. Data derived from interviewees' comments were then coded and categorized in accordance with behavioral themes. The following themes emerged, (a) internal and external influences pertaining to shaping policy, (b) lack of funding pertaining to workforce training programs, (c) the impact of the policy expectation outcome, (d) workforce development training, (e) problem in the current market conditions, (f) implementation of the Act, (g) lack of advertisement and marketing to promote policy, and (h) the need to mandate BPI certification. The following practical policy recommendations to help strengthen the Act included, (a) increase market awareness policy incentives provided by the Act, (b) increase financial support to strengthen existing BPI contractors including training and certification incentives, (c) mandate that all employees and contracting businesses become Building Performance Institute certified or have a national equivalent of an energy efficiency certification, and (d) focus on policy pertaining to green collar program of the emerging, unemployed, and underemployed workforce training needs. Future research method such as multiple case studies might examine the motivations of public policy to fund green collar employment and training programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York