TRENTON – Today at an event for Climate Week NYC Governor Murphy announced the release of the Governor’s Office Council on the Green Economy Report, Green Jobs for a Sustainable Future, and 12-month action plan. According to the report, New Jersey can expect to see an additional 314,888 net job-years supported over the next 10 years based on current green policies and investments enacted across New Jersey to date. The report lays out steps New Jersey must take to create an inclusive, vibrant green economy that will create business opportunities, uplift communities, and create good paying jobs.

The transition to a green, clean energy economy presents enormous opportunity for economic growth in our state, but this must be done in a way that respects workers and is inclusive of underserved communities and populations, many of which have been historically prevented from engaging in the most dynamic areas of our economy. Today’s report lays out the roadmap for our state to complete this goal focusing on nine key areas:

  1. Create High-Quality Green Jobs
  2. Prioritize Local and Targeted Job Creation
  3. Put All Energy Workers Front and Center
  4. Target Gaps in Workforce Development
  5. Address Needs of Underserved Workforce
  6. Partner with Unions on Training
  7. Boost Innovation
  8. Expand Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  9. Align with Education Ecosystem

“Jersey Renews applauds the release of today’s report and thanks the Administration, as well as the many public members of the Council on the Green Economy, who worked diligently to create a roadmap for our state to grow the green economy while centering focus on New Jersey workers and communities,” said Drew Tompkins, Director of the Jersey Renews Coalition. “The policies laid out in the report will expand economic opportunities for historically excluded communities, fight climate change, and create thousands of good paying, including many union, jobs in our state.”

“The roadmap offers policy solutions that will help create a green economy that will produce good green jobs that are accessible to all New Jerseyans,” said Deb Coyle-McFadden, Executive Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, and a member of the Council of the Green Economy. “The transition to the green economy will create thousands of good paying, family sustaining jobs for New Jersey workers and offers unprecedented opportunity to expand our current workforce that will ensure fossil fuel workers will not be left behind.”