For Immediate Release
September 21, 2022
Jersey Renews Response on the Release of the Council on the Green Economy Green Jobs Report
TRENTON – This morning at an event for Climate Week NYC Governor Murphy announced the release of the Council on the Green Economy Report, Green Jobs for a Sustainable Future, and 12-month action plan. At the same time the Governor also signed an Executive Order today to increase the target goal from 7.5MW for offshore wind to 11MW by 2040.
In February 2021, Governor Phil Murphy created the Council on the Green Economy and tasked it to deliver a report with recommendations on how New Jersey should transition to a green economy. 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.
“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, Campaign 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 Debra Coyle, 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.”
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