The New York state government has provided $15 million in funding to promote clean energy workforce development.
The funding will support two programmes hosted on campuses of the State University of New York.
The first initiative will use $6 million of the announced funding to train more clean energy professionals.
The other $9 million will be used as grants to provide apprenticeships, internships and educational programmes and support.
SUNY campuses will provide the grants in partnership with state and local agencies including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies.
Partnering with state agencies will enable the state to identify areas in need of more workforce to drive regional economic development.
The campuses include:
- Binghamton University which will establish a Clean Energy Undergraduate Research Programme within its Freshman Research Immersion programme.
- Buffalo State College will develop clean energy certificate programmes in partnership with the New York Power Authority. The certificates will also earn students credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.
“As the federal government moves further away from responsible energy policy and clean energy production, New York is committed to fighting climate change and protecting our environment,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will continue to take bold action to promote clean energy across the state and support job growth in cutting-edge, renewable industries.”
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “The alarms have sounded again and again on the consequences of climate change, overdependence on fossil fuels, and increased energy use and costs.”
Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “The lack of clean energy leadership at the federal level could threaten opportunities for New Yorkers, so I commend Governor Cuomo’s commitment to ensuring that workforce development in green industries is a priority.”