Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed legislation recently that will push the state’s involvement in green industry, namely by strengthening ties between Illinois government and academic institutions. The new law reportedly will help ensure even stronger collaboration between the state and colleges and universities when it comes to finding sustainable solutions.
The Higher Education Green Jobs and Technology Act, besides encouraging communication between the state and academic institutions, could also promote the creation of courses that would fulfill industry needs. In addition, Illinois will produce an annual publication reporting on degrees, certifications and courses in the green sector. Community colleges will be in close contact with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and will work to create jobs tailored to the needs of the green sector.
The new law is seen as the next natural step after other initiatives enacted by Quinn’s administration. The Annual Green Government Coordinating Council University Symposium, for example, is an event that discusses environmental goals and policies designed to be adopted by colleges and universities. The Symposium is being held in October.
Governor Quinn recognizes that green technology is “one of the nation’s fastest-growing employment sectors. Our investments in this sector are critical to ensuring Illinois’ long-term economic growth, and in maintaining our position as a leader in sustainability. Our partnerships with the higher education community, business sector, and local communities are critical to those efforts.”