Green Economy

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development

Megan McConville

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities examines how communities across the country are integrating smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development approaches to design and build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods. Author Megan McConville offers a range of examples from low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities that illustrate ways community groups can shape development to better respond to their needs and their values.

Greener Reality: Jobs Skills and Equity in a Cleaner US Economy

Sarah White

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy’s (COWS) latest report is the third in a series that looks at what works (and what does not) in the green economy. Author Sarah White argues for a more coherent, cross-sectoral and broad-based approach to developing human capital and greening community economic development that is driven by equity, democratic participation, and sustainability. After reviewing the current gloomy realities of green politics, the report offers a number of possible interventions — highlighting best practices and lessons learned — that bring together workers, employers, industry and training systems in and out of typical clean energy sectors.

Green Festival

November 10th, 2012 to November 11th, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Groundwork Providence

Through their Environmental Job Training program Groundwork Providence offers individuals from low-income communities a comprehensive job readiness program, job development and placement assistance, case management and referrals, and basic skills training in math and English so they can successful launch a career in Sustainable Landscaping or Brownfield Remediation.  The organization also hires high school students in inner-city areas of Providence for an eight-week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects.

Raquel Pinderhughes

In this edition, Raquel Pinderhughes, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Literacy Curriculum Project, which manages Roots of Success, discusses her journey to develop an educational program that offers hard to employ youth and adults the training and support they need to access careers in the green economy. Her priority going forward is to continue to scale up, accessing more programs and people that have been failed by the education system to provide them with opportunities to access jobs and improve their communities.