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Fourteen Years of Green Jobs

2012 February 17

By Joe Bruss

Working in the Brownfields program, that brings contaminated property back to life, I keep hearing green jobs are only in clean energy such as solar or wind installation. But there’s much more. One of the things people may not know about are the environmental workforce development and job training grants that EPA awards to organizations for green job training in a wide array of cleanup activities.

Organizations who receive these grants train and place people in sustainable green jobs focusing on local activities to reverse environmental damage in their own communities! So what do these grants do? They give organizations money to train people with skills to market themselves for green jobs. What are these green jobs you ask? They can include support for hazardous and solid waste management, mold remediation and deconstruction, underground storage tank removal, and critical training in environmental health and safety. But that’s not all, there is much more and the benefits are even greater.

Graduates from these training programs were employed as first-responders at the World Trade Center, assisted in cleanup efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and helped to contain the BP oil spill in the Gulf.

As of January 2012, these grants paid to train more than 10,000 people and 7,155 were employed in the environmental field. And, the average starting pay is about $14.00 an hour. That’s putting people to work and improving the environment in our neighborhoods and communities around the country.

So, as you can see, there are many green job opportunities! Do you want to be part of it? Here’s more information on how your organization can get involved. You’ll be helping the economy and improving the environment for years and generations to come.

About the author: Joe Bruss has been with the EPA Brownfields Program for over seven years where he acts as the Job Training Grant Program and Environmental Justice Coordinator. In 2009, Joe received a Fulbright Grant, and took a year’s absence from the EPA, to conduct research in the Netherlands on Dutch equitable development policies in revitalization.

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12 Responses leave one →
  1. Maria permalink
    February 17, 2012

    This is great thing,I would like to be part of that because I’m a Bachelor of environmental protection and now I’m on my specialist study and this training program is amaznig,really good.

  2. Arman.- permalink
    February 17, 2012

    U.S. and China : Among Green Jobs, Capitalism and Socialism.-

    I am confusing to see the economically between U.S. and China. But after read this article, I have proud the way out from both ism. Green Jobs could make the people calms and strengthen from the disasters.-

  3. April 29, 2012

    Thanks for this beautiful information. It’s worth reading. Love to see your blog!

  4. May 27, 2012

    Thanks to share such nice information.

  5. May 28, 2012

    Your topic is excellent and I am really fascinated.

  6. May 28, 2012

    Your topic is excellent and thanks to share.

  7. May 29, 2012

    I am really pleased at the first visit to your site and your topic is appreciateable.

  8. May 31, 2012

    Your topic is very informative and great thanks to you.

  9. May 31, 2012

    Nice, thing. Green jobs help out to keep environment green and clean. This is necessary to keep environment and human being healthy.

  10. Leith Finnegan permalink
    November 20, 2012

    I work in a restoration company that specializes in disaster restoration and Mold Cleanup. In the process of our work we do find and generate lots of wastes that many a times require permits to dispose.

    I do believe that Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training will help the transition towards Green Development.

  11. Zach H permalink
    May 23, 2013

    Great article. It is so good to see the EPA working to develop more green jobs. I have worked as a mold damage San Diego for over 10 years and I think this is one of the emerging popular green jobs.

  12. Jim permalink
    July 3, 2013

    Great post to bring much needed exposure to the availability of green jobs. 7,155 were employed in the environmental field thanks to these grants. That’s moving in the right direction. With our business go paperless is always the motto.

    Jim Williams

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