2013 Job Training
The Fortune Society, Inc., New York, NY
EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Program
In 2010, the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) led an effort to more closely collaborate with other programs within EPA on workforce development and job training. Program offices now participating in the expanded initiative include the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST), Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO), Center for Program Analysis (CPA), Innovation, Partnerships, and Communication Office (IPCO), Office of
Wastewater Management (OWM), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). This initiative was created to develop a job training cooperative agreement opportunity that includes expanded training in other environmental media outside the traditional scope of brownfields hazardous waste remediation. As a result of this effort, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program now allows applicants to deliver other training in the environmental field, in addition to the core traditional brownfields hazardous waste and petroleum training historically provided.
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and underemployed residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities. Residents learn the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, including a focus on assessment and cleanup activities. Since 1998, EPA has funded 206 job training grants totaling over $45 million through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program. As of March 2013, approximately 11,473 individuals have completed training, of which approximately 8,198 have obtained employment in the environmental field with an average starting hourly wage of $14.12. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 71% since the program was created.
Job Training Grant
EPA selected The Fortune Society, Inc., for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. The Fortune Society plans to train 45 students, place 33 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for two years. The training program includes 232 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, urban agriculture, lead abatement, asbestos handler, innovative treatment technologies, leaking underground storage tank corrective action (e.g., site assessment and remediation ) awareness, including procedures for tank removal when necessary to perform corrective action, solid waste management, and disaster site cleanup. A total of one state and five federal certifications will be offered. The Fortune Society is targeting unemployed or underemployed ex-offenders, primarily from high-poverty neighborhoods across New York City (NYC). Key partners include the NYC Department of Corrections, NYC Department of Environmental Remediation, NYC Workforce Investment Board, Reentry Education Network, NYC Brownfields Partnership, Robin Hood Foundation, and a number of environmental employers and other organizations.
For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 2 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site (http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-2)
Grant Recipient: The Fortune Society, Inc., NY
The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.