Washington, DC (December 19, 2007)- President Bush signed the Green Jobs Act of 2007, authorizing $125 million for green job training programs across the country. The Green Jobs Act is part of the Energy Bill. For the first time in history, we have a U.S. law that addresses both the climate crisis and the poverty crisis by investing in green-collar job training.
The Green Jobs Act authorizes $125 million annually for greening the nation’s workforce, enough for training up to 35,000 people every year. Even more unprecedented, it allocates $25 million for “green pathways out of poverty” programs- like the Oakland Green Jobs Corps.
As a result, the Ella Baker Center has launched Green For All, a new national initiative to secure at least one billion dollars to create green pathways out of poverty for 250,000 people in the United States. They will also be working to set the “green jobs standard” for other states to follow.
Green Jobs Act of 2007 (H.R.3221)
Rep. Hilda Solis
Green Jobs Act of 2007 Passes Labor Committee
House Labor Committee Prepares Workers for ‘Green Collar’ Jobs
Ella Baker Center’s Green-Collar Jobs Campaign