In some sectors of the economy, such as urban forestry, there is a job for every trained worker. So why aren’t more people talking about real green jobs (jobs that are actually about greening)? Job seekers click here… Everyone else, read on to find out about local training and how to get involved.
Ultimately, conservation is about empowering citizens to improve the communities where they live and work. The Alliance for Community Trees is the only national organization working to improve the urban forests where 80% of Americans live- our cities, towns, and villages. ACT’s national office assembles coalitions that drive broad environmental success for our more than 180 organizations in 41 states in the pursuit of Clean Air, Green Streets, and Healthy Neighborhoods.
Urban forestry is simply about trees in places where people live.
The green industry is a $40 billion market and increasing quickly. In many sectors of the green industry, including tree care, there is a job for every trained worker available. Some communities have caught on and are offering workforce training to expose adults and high school graduates to these career opportunities. Particularly, the partnership between urban youth and trees diversifies the green industry’s work force and makes green areas more accessible to urban communities.
Here are some examples of real green jobs:
Parks & People Foundation has a wholesale tree nursery business specializing in native tree species that thrive in urban environments in the mid-Atlantic. It’s called Chesapeake Trees. The operation is able to grow 6,000 native and hardy trees per year and sell them containerized at 2-2.5 inch caliper, the scale that multiple nursery sites require. However, this tree nursery is particularly appealing because of the social, economic, and environmental benefits that it provides: jobs, educational opportunities, community garden space, and cleaner air and water are among the most important benefits.
New York operates two programs that teach school-age children about green jobs. Green Horizons is for middle school students. The program presents 20 different “stations” for approximately 200 participants, and the idea is just to make students aware of job possibilities. The program is underwritten Bartlett Tree and ConEdison. Green Futures is for juniors in high schools. The program presents 10 different “stations” such as solar energy and green architecture, in addition to 10-15 colleges and governmental agencies, for approximately 150 students from four high schools. The idea of the program is to help kids continue with a green education or move them into the green workforce.
Growing Futures is an active, hands-on educational program that provides many opportunities for participants to develop skills in leadership and cooperation. Each week the young women and men in the program have the opportunity to explore a new natural resource or environmental career field and grow as individuals through related service projects.
Eagle Eye Institute works with YouthBuild, a national organization, to expose high school graduates and at-risk young adults to career opportunities in the green industry. Eagle Eye Institute’s Green Industry Career Pathway is a transformational program for YouthBuild students that bridges interested participants to careers in arboriculture and the green industry. The program opens the eyes of urban youth to green careers by involving them in hands-on, interactive programs to raise awareness, build knowledge, and develop marketable skills. On the flip side, the partnership also diversifies the green industry’s work force and makes green areas more accessible to urban communities.
At this moment, the nation wants action to secure real community revitalization, action that goes beyond buzzwords such as green and sustainable. Healthy urban forests are key to helping our growing cities and towns to create green jobs.
Find Out More:
Green Collar Job Training
Organizing Workprograms for High School Students
Adult Workforce Training
Incorporating AmeriCorps and Recent Grads into Local Programs
Careers in Arboriculture Part II
Be an Urban Forester
Affordable Green Housing
Trees Help Small Businesses Succeed
The Alliance for Community Trees is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization (EIN # 68-0319301), and also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC # 12402). To discuss planned giving opportunities, call us at 301-277-0040.