UPTOWN CHAT: Creating a Green Workforce – Community Based Solutions for a Diverse Green Jobs Sector
The short- and long-term projections for the renewable energy sector are growth.
Renewable energy is expected to continue to increase in popularity and usage as utilities and regulators look to it as a viable option for replacing retiring capacity and customers choose it to save money and address the climate crisis. This forecast aligns with a recent poll from WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Environmental Defense Fund that found 81% of Blacks, 73% of Latinos and 71% of white respondents think clean energy jobs can help people in their communities.
So how do we prepare the U.S. workforce for growth in the renewable energy sector? And ensure the process is just and equitable?
Join us on Wednesday, December 9, at 4:00 PM ET for the final Uptown Chat of 2020 where we have partnered with the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum to release a report that answers these questions. The “Green Jobs Report: Creating a Green Workforce, Community-Based Solutions for a Diverse Green Jobs Sector” outlines imperatives for bringing underrepresented groups into climate change work and the clean energy economy, and offers policy and best practice prescriptives for closing diversity gaps in the renewable energy industry.
Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Donele Wilkins, President/CEO, Green Door Initiative
Charles Callaway, Senior Community Organizer, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Kerene N. Tayloe, Esq., Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, WE ACT for Environmental Justice