The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is hiring two Pollution Prevention Engineers and two Senior Pollution Prevention Engineers to provide P2 technical assistance to industry and other identified sectors. The positions are located in Rochester, NY.
In Illinois last week, a coalition of unions and environmentalists scored a major victory with a law providing for a miniature Green New Deal: billions invested in clean energy, a commitment to decarbonizing, solid labor standards, and embrace of nuclear power.
Minnesota’s clean energy workforce is more diverse than the broader state economy. And more jobs are coming in fields like energy production, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and green construction. But workers of color need more access to training and pathways to higher-paying careers.
ISTC is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry to conduct water quality research for institutional water treatment clients. Conduct on-site collection, testing, analysis, and recommendations for improvement. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct on-site collection and testing of water samples of institutional water systems such as potable, boiler, closed systems and cooling towers.
Complete 1 to 6 site visits per year to each assigned client requiring overnight travel two to three nights per week.
Perform onsite testing and analysis.
Interpret testing results and transmit those results with corrective recommendations to the site engineers.
Provide written and verbal communication, including analytical results of samples, detailing any noted deficiencies in treatment or control with recommendations for improvement, opportunities for human health and safety, reducing energy, water, and treatment chemical use.
Consult with institutional personnel concerning the state of their systems and answer requests for assistance in person, by phone and/or e-mail, including updating of control charts, complex problem solving, water treatment, and equipment recommendations as necessary.
Identify efficiency opportunities in the IWT system to streamline information flow and decrease labor and time required from IWT personnel.
Perform laboratory analysis on collected samples and other laboratory duties as required.
Collaborate with TAP team members to recommended testing and services based on systems at prospective client facilities.
Visit prospective client facilities in support of writing service proposals.
Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Experience conducting chemical analysis. Experience with wet chemical analysis following Standard Methods procedures including preparation, titration and digestion. Maintain and calibrate laboratory and field equipment and solutions. Ability to ensure compliance with all ISTC and laboratory safety procedures. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases. Must be able to meet the physical demands of transporting testing and analysis equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for distances up to 100 yards. Must also be able to meet medical requirements for wearing a respirator. Must be able to climb 3 stories of stairs. A wide range of temperatures and condition will be encountered. Boiler rooms are typically up to 110 degrees with high humidity and cooling towers are often located on roofs and exposed to the elements. Valid driver’s license.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Experience conducting research on water quality. Experience building client base and working with institutions in Illinois.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse.
ISTC is seeking to hire up to four Visiting Senior Scientific Specialists, Technical and up to two Visiting Senior Scientific Specialists, Sustainability (depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to collaborate with businesses, manufacturing, and industrial entities as well as municipal agencies, colleges, and universities throughout Illinois to improve sustainability, provide technical assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing sustainable solutions associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling.
In connection with a White House report on economic revitalization in coal and power plant communities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $109.5 million in funding for projects that directly support job creation in communities impacted by changes in the energy economy—the first results of a government-wide initiative launched by President Biden in the first week of his administration to boost the economic potential of coal and power plant communities. The White House Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, housed within DOE, also selected a new Executive Director to spearhead interagency efforts.
“The coal and power plant workers who built our nation can play a huge role in making America’s clean energy future a reality, and this report outlines just the first steps the Biden Administration is taking to make sure they have those opportunities—right in their communities,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
“For generations, our coal miners have sacrificed their health and safety to mine the coal that forged the steel and provided the power that made the United States the greatest nation in the world,” said Senator Joe Manchin. “I am encouraged to see President Biden acknowledge these contributions and start to allocate the resources that will be required to reinvest in these communities who have suffered huge job losses. I applaud today’s funding announcements for innovative technologies to tackle climate change and provide new opportunities for these hard-hit areas. In addition, the up to $15 million investment in important research conducted at West Virginia University is a small but first step in the right direction and I will continue working with the Administration to ensure additional, significant investments throughout West Virginia to provide meaningful opportunity and economic growth.”
The Interagency Working Group named Brian Anderson as its Executive Director. A longtime resident of West Virginia and a descendant of coal miners, Anderson serves as director of DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory with facilities in Morgantown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Albany, Oregon, and is a renowned scientist with extensive expertise in technology development for carbon management in hard-to-decarbonize sectors. In addition, DOE identified senior staff from its Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Office of Energy Jobs, and Office of Indian Energy who will also support the work of the Interagency Working Group.
“It is a great honor to be named Executive Director of this essential effort,” said Anderson. “I am excited to immediately begin this important work, reaching across the agencies of the federal government to ensure that the economies of traditional energy and power plant communities are strengthened, and my first priority will be to engage people where they work and live so that these hard hit communities have a hand in developing opportunities and solutions for their future.”
Complementing investments in hydrogen, carbon capture, and environmental remediation proposed in the American Jobs Plan, the Interagency Working Group report lays out a national roadmap to partner with local communities to ensure that the shift to a clean energy economy creates good-paying union jobs, spurs economic revitalization, and supports energy workers in coal, oil and gas and power plant communities. In the near term, it recommends creating jobs through remediation projects for oil and gas wells and coal mines—work that energy workers are well-suited for and allows economic development of under-utilized land. For the medium and long terms, the report calls for investing in low-carbon industries through technology such as carbon capture and hydrogen.
The $109.5 million in funding DOE announced today will support innovative projects that will retain and rebuild jobs in energy communities, including:
$75 million funding opportunity to engineer carbon capture projects. This funding will support customized engineering designs to install carbon capture and storage technology for power and industrial plants. Retrofitting with carbon capture technology could employ a similar workforce that exists today in energy communities and position American industry to compete in a global economy that is rapidly turning toward decarbonization. More information about the funding opportunity HERE.
$19.5 million in funding awards for critical mineral extraction from coal and associated waste streams. Critical minerals are vital to the manufacture of batteries, magnets, and other important components for making electric vehicles (EV) fleet and other clean energy technology. Coal communities and workers could be well-positioned to see new industrial jobs extracting critical materials from the waste left behind by coal mining and coal power plants in many areas.
$15 million for geothermal energy research projects at West Virginia University and Sandia National Laboratories. DOE will provide up to $15 million for two projects to help drive down costs and risks associated with the discovery of new geothermal resources for power production and heating-cooling. West Virginia University (WVU) will use the funding to explore year-round deep-direct use heating and cooling on campus. Sandia National Laboratories will use innovative approaches to conduct electromagnetic surveys to refine geothermal exploration methods and aid drillers as they explore for geothermal energy in the Western United States, a potential opportunity to create jobs for laid-off oil and gas workers.
The Interagency Working Group also identified nearly $38 billion in existing federal funding that could be accessed by energy communities for infrastructure, environmental remediation, union job creation, community revitalization, and jobs well-suited to support hard-hit energy communities. As part of this effort, DOE’s Loan Programs Office released a factsheet to facilitate access to $8.5 billion in funding for deployment of carbon capture technology to enable low-carbon manufacturing of cement, steel, and other industrial products in addition to power plants.
The Interagency Working Group’s report, as outlined by President Biden’s January 27 executive order on tackling the climate crisis, identifies 25 communities across the country hardest hit by coal mine and power plant closures and calls for these areas to be priorities for both existing and future federal investment.
Read the full report of the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization here.
A group of energy-efficiency organizations has launched an online tool designed to help U.S. workers research career paths in the booming field of green building.
The interactive Green Buildings Career Map highlights career opportunities in building energy efficiency, with 55 jobs across four industry sectors, as well as over 300 potential advancement routes. It was developed with input from industry subject matter experts to help interested candidates learn about quality jobs related to energy efficiency in buildings.
The initiative, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office, was designed to foster a robust and inclusive pipeline of qualified workers to meet employer demand, said Larry Sherwood, CEO of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, one of its developers. “This is crucially important to sustaining the rapid growth of this important industry and ensuring the benefits of employment in this sector are accessible to more people,” he said in a release.
As we look towards a green economic recovery and the objective to build back better from the pandemic, there is a clear argument for aligning how we futureproof the country’s workforce with UK climate ambitions.