The Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program was developed to further environmental justice concerns by providing members of communities who have been adversely affected by environmental hazards with the opportunity to benefit from cleanup efforts. Instead of having to rely on workers from outside the community, EWDJT goals are to provide underserved individuals, those who have experienced job dislocation, and those with other barriers to employment with skills that increase their marketability in areas such as hazardous waste removal, water quality improvement, chemical risk management and related environmental industries.
The Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program
This program supports a wide variety of training projects in the environmental field beyond what has been historically provided in brownfield remediation. In addition to hazardous waste instruction, the project also supports training for unemployed and underemployed residents of communities affected by environmental contamination in:
- Solid waste management
- Superfund waste management or related training
- Wastewater treatment
- Emergency planing, preparedness, and response
- Enhanced environmental health and safety
- Integrated pest management for public housing and project-based rental assistance properties
- Technology for alternative energy
Applicants must identify the target area they intend to serve which can be any continuous area such as a city, county, or neighborhood that has been affected by a brownfield. Projects should not duplicate any other federally funded environmental job-training programs.
Selected Past Recipients
- The Port Gamble S'Kallam Tribe partnered with Northwest Indian College, the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County and others for a program to train 38 students from the Port Gamble S’Kallam Tribal reservation in environmental jobs.
- The City of Rochester, NY, saw all 20 of the formerly under and unemployed graduates of its first training class find jobs in the environmental construction industry.
- Limitless Vistas of New Orleans, the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development and additional organizations helped veterans, disadvantaged youth, ex-offenders, and low income residents receive training in wastewater treatment, Superfund site cleanup, alternative technologies, lead paint awareness and related skills.
- Lawson State Community College of Birmingham, AL, set up core training in HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response), environmental sampling, OSHA construction safety, mold and asbestos remediation, first aid/CPR, lead renovation, repair and paining that provided 60 students with 240 hours of instruction to help them qualify for certification in the environmental industry.
- The LA Conservation Corps recently marked completion of its 25th training cohort. The Corps has been participating in the program for 12 years, for a total of $1.7 million in grants which have helped over 500 trainees. Their job placement rate is 78%.
Applying for EWDJT
Eligible applicants are Native American tribes, state and local governments, academic institutions, nonprofits, and consortia. The deadline is December 15, 2017.