The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the selection of 19 communities in 17 states and territories for approximately $3.6 million in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants. Each grantee will receive up to $192,300 to operate environmental training programs to clean up Brownfields sites in economically distressed communities.
The EWDJT program provides communities the flexibility to deliver training that meets the varying local labor market demands of the environmental sector in their communities. Graduates develop a broader set of skills that improves their ability to secure, not just short term contractual work, but full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field. As a result of this funding, unemployed and under-employed individuals acquire training and certifications in a variety of environmental skills, such as: lead and asbestos abatement, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, environmental health and safety, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, brownfields assessment and cleanup, electronics recycling, Superfund site-specific cleanup, Freon removal, emergency response, oil spill cleanup, native plant re-vegetation, and integrated pest management.
Since the program’s inception in 1998, EPA has funded 256 job training grants exceeding $54 million. More than 13,900 individuals have completed training, and of those, more than 10,000 have secured employment in the environmental field with an average hourly starting wage of $14.18. This equates to a cumulative job placement rate of 72 percent.
Grantees announced to receive funding today, include:
- Zender Environmental Health and Research Group (Anchorage) Alaska
- Fresno Area Workforce Investment Board, Calif.
- City of Richmond, Calif.
- Denver Indian Center, Inc., Colo.
- West End Neighborhood House (Wilmington) Del.
- Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fla.
- OAI, Inc. (Chicago) Ill.
- Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (Lawrence) Mass.
- St. Louis Community College, Mo.
- CLIMB Community Development Corporation (Biloxi) Miss.
- The Fortune Society, Inc. (Long Island City) N.Y.
- Rose State College (Midwest City) Okla.
- Oregon Tradeswomen (Portland) Ore.
- PathStone Corporation, P.R.
- Tarrant County College District, Texas
- Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (Racine) Wisc.
- Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Wisc.
- Coalfield Development Corporation (Wayne County) W.Va.
- Groundwork Providence, R.I.
For more information on brownfields grants, including EWDJT grants, by state, please visit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/index.cfm