Senators Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $1 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Green Jobs Training Center in New Jersey

Senators Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $1 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Green Jobs Training Center in New Jersey

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the Bergen County Community Action Partnership $999,567 in federal funds to provide green job training to local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services. A total of 34 projects in 27 states were selected to receive $29 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as part of efforts to develop and increase the number of weatherization training centers nationwide. Using innovative approaches to training, including a combination of classroom, online and hands-on learning tools, these projects will help prepare weatherization workers, supervisors, and inspectors to work in the growing industry and will help ensure the successful implementation of high quality weatherization projects.

"This funding will help strengthen our state's workforce to ensure it can harness the power of a 21st Century clean energy economy," Menendez said. "It will also facilitate the type of work that helps our businesses and families cut their energy costs in the short term. With this type of investment we ensure our long term competitiveness and growth, while helping our families and businesses save money in these difficult times."

"Not only will this Recovery Act funding help families and businesses reduce energy costs, it will also prepare American workers for the 21st Century," said Lautenberg, who as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee helped write the Recovery Act. "Building a well-trained clean energy workforce will create green jobs in our state and help New Jersey families and businesses cut energy costs and increase efficiency."

These funds will build on previous efforts to expand the nation's green workforce and build a self-sustaining energy retrofit industry that creates high-quality jobs that help improve the environment and save energy. The weatherization training programs will support a wide range of government energy efficiency efforts, including the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program, which has already funded the weatherization of nearly 200,000 homes since earlier this year. These training centers are part of a broader Energy Department's Training and Technical Assistance initiative for weatherization, which includes broader national training efforts, certification and accreditation, a wide range of online tools, program evaluations, quality reviews, and mentoring.