14 Nov '12, 2pm

When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job

When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job

Osborne Association Luis Milan, left, and Jermaine Fuller pick up skills in a building trades course at the Center for Environmental Workforce Training in the Bronx. At the rear is an instructor, Alvin Banks. Can a community like the South Bronx, which suffers from high unemployment, underinvestment and so-called environmental injustice, fit into the green economy? In 2010 a union-backed training initiative took on the question, enrolling unemployed residents, including many who had served time in prison, in a green jobs certification program. Two and a half years and 400-plus graduates later, the Center for Environmental Workforce Training has had some gratifying results. Half of the center’s graduates have gone on to find jobs, for example. Over a third of those hired are working in the energy efficiency field, mostly with companies doing efficiency upgrades for resident...

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