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Casting a Wider Net for Green Jobs

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Rinku Sen Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

More than $200 billion of stimulus funds through the Recovery Act have been earmarked for green jobs programs, yet it is extremely unclear how the communities most devastated by the recession -- women and people of color -- will benefit from these opportunities in the new green economy. Racial and gender equity are not mandated in this recovery, nor is relevant data currently being collected.

The Applied Research Center has released a Green Equity Toolkit to help community organizations, public agencies and individuals maximize the shared benefits of green economy jobs. The Toolkit analyzes the impacts of recently released Recovery data, and provides a guide for creating an equitable, sustainable and inclusive green economy that elevates people of color and women into high-quality jobs. It includes Principles, Goals, Outcomes, Strategies, Success Indicators and Examples for making race, gender and economic equity a priority in green-collar job creation. In the months ahead, the Toolkit will be supplemented by Case Studies and a Model Policy Bank.

Visit www.arc.org/greenjobs to download and read the Toolkit.

To learn more about this toolkit, and to hear about successful campaigns and strategies, register for our webinar on November 18th at 10am PST/1pm EST. The webinar will feature Toolkit coauthors Yvonne Liu and Terry Keleher of the Applied Research Center, along with Elsa Barboza of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE).