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Green Collar Jobs And Your Community

A presentation I did for the Women's Environmental Institute's Climate Justice Project.

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Green Collar Jobs And Your Community

  1. 1. Green-collar Jobs and Your Community Phillips Neighborhood Environmental Justice Forum and Feast May 9, 2008
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is a green-collar job? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s happening with green-collar jobs in Minneapolis/St. Paul? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do to bring community leadership to the issue of green-collar jobs? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What IS a “ green-collar ” job? <ul><li>Improves environmental quality </li></ul><ul><li>Is a family-sustaining job, with opportunities for advancement in pay and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Hmmmm…something missing? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are some issues of environmental quality in your community? <ul><li>Arsenic </li></ul><ul><li>Engine fumes (esp. diesel) </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking water quality </li></ul><ul><li>Lead paint </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor air quality </li></ul><ul><li>Parks and green-space management </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy food availability </li></ul><ul><li>Trash and recycling pickup/removal </li></ul><ul><li>Littering </li></ul><ul><li>Public transportation issues </li></ul><ul><li>GLOBAL WARMING </li></ul><ul><li>More? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a family-sustaining job? <ul><li>Good, life-supporting wage </li></ul><ul><li>Full medical benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Vacation </li></ul><ul><li>Overtime pay </li></ul><ul><li>Child Care </li></ul><ul><li>Union—collective workers’ rights </li></ul><ul><li>More? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sounds good…so, what’s missing? YOU!!
  7. 7. What do YOU want for YOUR community? <ul><li>Clean air & water </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy & safe neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs to support your family </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy food </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy people-health insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Justice & equity & rights </li></ul><ul><li>Good education </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural wellness & integrity </li></ul><ul><li>GOOD FUTURE , for me and my children </li></ul><ul><li>MORE!!! </li></ul>
  8. 8. More specific green-collar job ideas: Government Labor, job training folks Local business, and/or provider and manager of the jobs YOU, the community Who is at the sustainable table when talking about green-collar jobs?
  9. 9. More specific green-collar job ideas: <ul><li>What are we having to eat at our green-collar job table in Minneapolis/St. Paul? </li></ul>Government Labor, job training folks Local business, and/or provider and manager of the jobs YOU, the community
  10. 10. More specific green-collar job ideas: Government Labor, job training folks Local business, and/or provider and manager of the jobs YOU, the community <ul><li>Energy efficiency retrofits </li></ul><ul><li>Making food systems local (again) </li></ul><ul><li>Green Manufacturing </li></ul>
  11. 11. Energy Efficiency Retrofits <ul><li>Work on an EXISTING building to use less energy </li></ul><ul><li>Success in Oakland, CA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apollo Alliance: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid job training program ending in paid internships and commitments to hire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALSO: White Earth and Little Earth </li></ul>
  12. 12. Making Food Systems Local (again) <ul><li>Produce a variety of food in urban and regional rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Local food processing and distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Success in Milwaukee, WI: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing Power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Living Skills projects with community partners: 10 groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-year apprenticeship Youth Corps </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Green Manufacturing <ul><li>The actual creation of the products and parts needed to improve env’t </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease global warming gases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MINNEAPOLS/ST PAUL: NOW </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MSP and Blue-Green Alliance doing analysis. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Making it Green in Minneapolis Saint Paul” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ADD COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What YOU can do! <ul><li>Sign up for more info!! </li></ul><ul><li>Use web resources—listed at end </li></ul><ul><li>Call the Mayor’s office, talk to your City Council members </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to the Blue-Green Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your community </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your employers </li></ul>
  15. 15. Join The Climate Justice Working Group!! <ul><li>A space for people of color and low income communities to engage, network and be empowered for self-advocacy around climate change impacts and solutions that affect their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Green-collar jobs = potential solution </li></ul><ul><li>Meet every third Tuesday! </li></ul>
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? <ul><li>Web resources (national and local): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.greenforall.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ellabakercenter.org/gcjc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.growingpower.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.apolloalliance.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.cows.org (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.1sky.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ejcc.org (Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.honorearth.org (Honor the Earth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bluegreenalliance.org (Contact them about MSP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming soon!!! www.mnclimatejustice.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.w-e-i.org and www.ejamn.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More!! </li></ul></ul>

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