Energy Publications

Below is a list of our reports related to energy and energy efficiency, in descending order by year published. Explore other topics here and all High Road Strategy Center reports here.

  • Rogers, J., S. Rhodes-Conway, and S. White. Retrofitting Institutions. University of California Berkeley and Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2011, pp. 18-19.
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  • Rogers, J., and S. Bernstein. “Infrastructure Investment”. Big Ideas for Job Creation: A Policy Briefing Highlighting Job Creating Initiatives , University of California Berkeley and Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2011, pp. 13-15.
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  • Two years of discussion and research since COWS and partners released Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy, we’ve concluded that developing a comprehensive, comprehensible map of “green” credentials is virtually impossible. And that impossibility motivates our interest in moving toward a more coherent national system. Greener Skills, our follow up to Greener Pathways, outlines an American skills agenda and calls for a better, stronger, greener workforce system to support it.

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  • Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Infrastructure and Opportunities in Wisconsin outlines key components of the state’s workforce development systems – including but not limited to apprenticeship and technical college pathways – that could be aligned and expanded to support an emerging clean energy sector.

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  • Greening Wisconsin’s Workforce: Training, Recovery, and the Clean Energy Economy tackles the question of how Wisconsin can best pursue the greener and more equitable promise of the clean energy economy. It looks at how the state can use Recovery Act dollars and a first-rate technical college system to ensure that the emerging green economy benefits Wisconsin’s working families.

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  • Held October 29, 2009, in Madison, Wisconsin, this publication provides a brief summary of the discussion and findings of the Women, Jobs and Wisconsin’s Green Economy Public Policy Roundtable. COWS was a key participant and the Proceedings document many of our views on the Green Economy.

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  • Ho, S., and S. Rhodes-Conway. A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program. COWS, 2009.

    A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program, co-authored by Green For All and COWS, provides a model for designing and implementing weatherization and retrofitting programs on a citywide scale, with a goal of making these retrofits available to more households and providing good, entry-level jobs with career pathways.

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  • The Wisconsin Apollo Alliance is asking the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature to take bold steps to move Wisconsin into the clean energy economy.  In a letter to the committee, it asks legislators to amend the Energy Independence Fund, so that at least a percentage of that fund must be used to build renewable energy supply chains in Wisconsin.

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  • This report, based on joint work by COWS (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and the Powell Center for Construction & Environment (University of Florida), suggests a way to get at least policy-level answers to the question of what kinds of jobs result from investment in building energy efficiency (EE). Program designers, armed with better knowledge of the building stock, energy costs, specific EE measures likely to be supported, and other local data, will be able to provide much more robust estimates as they move toward program implementation.

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  • Rhodes-Conway, S. Wisconsin Apollo State Policy Platform 2008-2009. COWS, 2009.

    The Wisconsin Apollo State Policy Platform for 2009 supports the promotion of clean energy manufacturing, to enact tougher appliance efficiency standards, to set higher goals for Wisconsin’s renewable portfolio standard, to make a major state effort in building efficiency, to cap, auction and invest, to create affordable, accessible, and comprehensive public transit systems, and to enact a low carbon fuel standard.

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