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Roll-Out of Green Production Skills Standards

mssc-logoOn October 18, 2011, in Dayton, Ohio, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)—in collaboration with the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers–Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA), and the Working for America Institute, AFL-CIO—launched a new credentialing module—a “Green Production Module” (GPM)—dedicated to helping train and assess the nation’s front-line manufacturing workforce against industry-defined national standards related to “green production.” The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. Under GPM, workers and students will be able to secure an industry-recognized, nationally portable MSSC “Green Production” Certificate. GPM was designed to include all manufacturers, not just companies producing “green” goods such as wind turbines and solar panels. For this reason, MSSC defines “green production” as workplace activities across all manufacturing sectors that “require the use of equipment, technologies and processes that will improve the environmental performance of manufacturing companies.” In the Fall 2010, High Road Strategies joined the team led by MSSC to develop the new GPM standards and training curriculum. High Road Strategies Principal Dr. Joel Yudken provided consultation, research, and technical assistance in support of this effort. He also participated in the GPM launch event in Dayton, as a speaker on the “Role of GPM In a National Strategy for Greening America’s Industrial Base” panel (click here for more information).

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