Green Jobs in Blue Fields: Where they are, what they are, and how to ensure equitable access to them
The Green New Deal is about not only taking action to address climate change, but ensuring that as we move toward a more sustainable world, the benefits of green jobs, increased investment in clean energy industries, and clean air, clean water, and open space are shared by all, particularly those that have been most harmed by environmental racism.
When it comes to “green jobs” usually that refers to the clean energy industry, yet there are thousands of good-paying jobs related to the delivery of clean water, disposal of wastewater and management of stormwater.
CRWA decided to take a closer look at what this would mean in terms of employment in the space we occupy: water, wastewater, and green infrastructure.
We have pulled together experts in not only these established and growing industries, but also those with expertise connecting young people from low income and minority neighborhoods to good jobs, for a hopeful conversation on how we can do more to deliver a Green New Deal here in the Commonwealth.
Emily Norton, Executive Director, CRWA
-Aaron Dale, X-Cel Education Conservation Corps
-Don Kennedy, NEIWPCC
-Charlotte Lysohir, Education Strategy & Insights, IBM
-Justin Pimpare, Youth in the Environment Program, US EPA Region 1
-Abdullah Saleh, P-Tech alum; Data Science apprentice, IBM; Organizer, Strategy for Black Lives; VP, We are STEM Inc
-Brandon Siah, X-Cel Alum; Woodard & Curran
-Mark Young, Executive Director, Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility