Green Economy and Green Jobs
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EPA and Green Jobs
Alabama Environmental Justice and Green Jobs Initiative
Training Programs in the Southeast
EPA Region 4 is continually incorporating green workforce development into agency activities in order to help southeastern
communities transition to a greener economy.
EPA Region 4 is currently engaged in a number of green career activities. These activities are often connected to Region 4’s
Environmental Justice Program.
Region 4 Green Job Initiatives
G.R.E.E.N – Growing Responsible Environmental Employees Now
Growing Responsible Environmental Employees Now (G.R.E.E.N) is a free eight-hour "Sustainability 101" course useful for
introducing basic green principles and ideas into almost any job training or education program. The curriculum was
designed by EPA New England and DOL Region 1 Job Corps. Region 4 is partnering with the Southeast Job Corps Centers
to integrate G.R.E.E.N into all planning phases of a student’s stint at a Job Corps Center.
The United Christian Community Association’s (TUCCA) “Green BEAN Curriculum”
EPA, Region 4 has partnered with The United Christian Community Associations to develop agriculture
curriculum that would benefit farmers in Environmental Justice communities in Alabama.
Alabama Green Automotive Readiness Program
- Develop working relationships with socially disadvantaged farmers, farmer groups, agricultural agencies and
institutions, community gate keepers, consumers and other economic development value chains in the target counties.
- Develop the Green Beginning, Experience & Agricultural Niche producers Training Curriculum or Green B.E.A.N.
that will address the needs of agricultural producers.
- Develop farm, marketing, and business plan models for selected demonstration farms that can be used as
templates in the agricultural green career development process.
- Develop infrastructure to encourage vertical integration of agricultural enterprises in an effort to
encourage and sustain green careers.
SW Atlanta Green Workforce and Economic Development Initiative
The Green Automotive Jobs Readiness Program will target the communities located in Alabama’s
Black Belt region, which is currently experiencing high rates of poverty and unemployment,
inadequate educational infrastructure, and high crime rates. EPA Region 4 recognizes that
the 18 counties that make up this region face environmental justice challenges that impede
economic growth but see opportunity in the potential in developing green educational tools
for a growing automotive manufacturing sector.
|The green automotive jobs readiness program will provide a multi-module, highly
adaptable educational curriculum that will provide future automotive manufacturing employees
with a working knowledge of environmental concepts and demonstrate how these concepts relate
to the manufacturing sector. The curriculum will be designed to introduce students to
fundamentals and tactics that will allow them to act as environmentally responsible
employees. EPA has partnered with Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive
Manufacturing (CARCAM) as the initial delivery mechanism for the Green Automotive Jobs
Readiness Curriculum. CARCAM will integrate the modules into their existing Automotive
Manufacturing Technology degree and certificate programs as well as their Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer camp for high school students.
EPA Region 4 is leading the Green Workforce and Economic Development Group
under the HUD DOT EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Because of this Initiative in the SW Atlanta Communities of Neighborhood
Planning Unit V, EPA Region 4 has been able to partner with other green
career efforts throughout Metro Atlanta. These efforts include the
Atlanta Emerald Cities Collaborative, Partnership for Southern Equity,
and Mayor Kasim Reed’s Green Job Task Force. The major result of EPA’s
efforts will be a framework that includes best practices and lessons
learned as it pertains to green workforce development. This framework
will be transferable to other communities that may want to address
sustainability through green workforce issues.
|“…environmental protection creates jobs – 1.7 million of them as of 2008.
The environmental protection industry has grown steadily between 2000 and
2008, yielding approximately $300 billion in revenues. Recognizing these
job creating possibilities is critical in this moment.”
– Administrator Lisa P. Jackson,
Remarks at the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs
Conference, As Prepared (February 8, 2011)
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Select examples include:
- Blue Grass Community and Technical College (PDF)(1 pg, 10.24KB, About PDF): Provides an Energy Management Certificate upon completion of the program.
- Great Onyx Job Corp Center:
Training in advanced manufacturing, automotive, and construction industry.
- Maysville Community & Technical College: Provides an understanding of the financial, societal,
and environmental impacts of the various energy production technologies. Graduates receive a Power Plant
- Young Adult Development in Action, Inc., YouthBuild Louisville (YBL): Provides green building,
conservation, and construction skills.
- Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corp Center: Training in advanced manufacturing, automotive, and construction industry.
- Memphis Bioworks Foundation: Training in solar installation, agricultural production for biomass crops, and sustainable design and construction.
- Miller-Motte Technical College-Goodlettsville: Training in HVAC and refrigeration; solar technology; sustainable construction; and wind technology.
- Northeast State Community College: Training for electrical applications and the maintenance, troubleshooting, and installation of HVAC equipment.
- Southwest Tennessee Community College: Training in horticulture pest management, plant identification, and landscape maintenance.
- Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville: Training in thermodynamic and electrical theory; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R); and permaculture and sustainable development.
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