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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 just brownfields cleanup. As a result of this effort, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program, formerly known as the ”Brownfields 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 under-employed 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. To date, EPA has funded 191 job training grants totaling over $42 million through the former Brownfields Job Training Program and newly expanded Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program. As of January 2012, approximately 10,275 individuals had completed training and approximately 7,155 obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.12. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 70% for the program, and also includes accomplishments data recorded since the program was created in 1998.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant


EPA has selected the North Star Center for Human Development for an environmental workforce development and job training grant. North Star plans to train 60 students, place at least 54 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for two years. The core training program includes 226 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, wastewater treatment operator, stormwater compliance and design, UST leak prevention, solid waste management, chemical use, OSHA 10-hour safety, and lead renovation and repair. Participants who complete the core training will earn eight federal certifications. North Star will target unemployed and underemployed displaced workers, veterans, ex-offenders, and other disadvantaged residents of the City of Hartford for this job training program. Key partners include the Urban Alliance, the Greater Urban League of Hartford, Hartford Community that Cares, The Hartford Interdenominational Alliance, and several Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Zones.


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 1 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-connecticut-maine-massachusetts-new-hampshire-rhode#pane-1pubp14.vmfriesian)

Grant Recipient: North Star Center for Human Development, Inc., Hartford, CT

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.

EPA 560-F-12-168
June 2012
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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