Friday, May 21, 2010

US Department of Labor announces Women in Green Jobs Projects


Region I-Boston

Vermont Works for Women in Burlington, Vermont, is developing an on-the-job training program for women in the fields of green construction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. The contract will enable Vermont Works for Women to provide unemployed or underemployed women skills related to the installation of solar tracking systems, weatherization, window and door replacement, equipment operation, and energy auditing. The women will use their new skills to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing units in Burlington, Vermont and install solar trackers.

Region II- New York City

Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a community organization dedicated to Environmental Justice solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. SSBx is creating a full-time, hands-on job training program for women in the fields of green roofing and urban agriculture and horticulture which will train and certify women in green roof design, installation, and maintenance; landscaping; hazardous waste cleanup; and related specialties. The training program includes a six week apprenticeship, as well as formal mentoring. SSBx’s goal is to ensure that 80% of graduates attain employment in a relevant industry within three months.

Region IV-Atlanta

The “Women Going Green” project, contracted with 3D Management Enterprise, Inc., is designing and implement a 36-week training program that will educate women on the diversity of career paths available in green industries, including opportunities in green entrepreneurship. 3D Management Enterprise, Inc. is producing a curriculum covering energy efficiency and renewable energy industries and how to develop a green business plan, as well as to assemble a consortium of academia, business, unions, and Federal agencies to serve as mentors for program participants.

Region V-Chicago

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) in Detroit, Michigan, is increasing the participation of, and support for, women in its existing green jobs training program through a 14 week training program in green careers. DWEJ is recruiting and providing women with training in lead, asbestos, and mold remediation; energy audits and retrofitting; deconstruction; geothermal systems; and green landscaping; as well as training for HAZWOPER certification and OSHA 10-hour construction certification. DWEJ will ensure that at least 80% of graduates have job placements following graduation.

Region VI-Dallas

Austin Community College (ACC) has established “Green Jobs” Training options to increase the enrollment of women in its courses (both continuing education and college credit) related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building. The contract will support outreach and recruitment efforts targeted to women, including the development of a Web site and speakers’ bureau. ACC will also offer two sections of its entry-level solar photovoltaic installer course taught by women instructors, for women, in spring and summer of 2010. The goal is to increase female student enrollment in green courses from 10% to 20% in one year.

Region VII-Kansas City

The YWCA of Greater Kansas City, YWomen CAN (Career Action Network) and Employ Direct are developing training programs for women in green careers and/or increasing the participation of women in an existing green job training program or programs. The projects are designed to ensure participants receive training in a green career field, which will result in the attainment of a recognized credential and/or certification and placement assistance upon completion. The women recruited to participate in this demonstration project will be unemployed or underemployed women impacted by the economic downturn.

Region VIII-Denver

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is creating a “Green Jobs Pipeline for Women in Colorado” by designing an outreach and recruitment model to increase the number of women aware of green jobs and the skills needed to prepare for a green career. The development of the Pipeline, includes organizing a coalition of employers, including state, local and non governmental organizations, who have access to training programs in cities and rural areas throughout Colorado and includes technical assistance, recruitment and retention of women (such as linkages to workforce systems, mentoring, changes in the training programs, etc).

Region IX-San Francisco

Women in Nontraditional Employment Roles (WINTER), a non profit whose mission is to encourage and support women and youth’s training, education, employment and retention in high wage, high-skill jobs, is adding a “WINTERGreen” training component. Their goal is to assist women in entering pre apprenticeship and environmental education training programs that will lead to a Green Building Certificate and other industry-recognized skills that will lead to employment in the expanding local green economy.

Region X-Seattle

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), in Portland, Oregon, is designing an outreach, recruitment, and retention support plan to assist women in pursing careers in the green economy. OTI is recruiting and training women to earn a green industry-recognized credential or certification, and to assist the women in identifying potential employment and apprenticeship opportunities. OTI is leveraging resources from the various organized unions to produce a “green training program” for their trade. For example, OTI is working with unions to develop procedures for green construction methods under a federal grant awarded by General Services Administration (GSA) using ARRA funds. The GSA grant also includes training and employment opportunities for women who complete the green construction methods training through OTI. The trained women will be placed on jobs retrofitting and renovating federal buildings to bring them up to energy efficiency standards and make them more environmentally friendly.

Further report on women's green jobs can be found here.

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