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EPA Brownfields Program

In 2010, the EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) led an effort to more closely collaborate with other programs within the Agency 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 Communications, Partnerships, and Analysis (OCPA), 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 assessment and cleanup. As a result of this effort, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program now allows applicants to deliver a broader array of training in the environmental field, in addition to, the traditional brownfields hazardous waste and petroleum training historically provided. Through the expanded Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program, graduates develop wider skill sets that improve their ability to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including water quality improvement and chemical safety. This effort also gives communities more flexibility to provide different types of environmental training based on local employers' hiring needs.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities, including low-income and minority, unemployed, and underemployed individuals. To date, EPA has funded 256 job training grants totaling over $54 million through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. As of January 2016, more than 14,600 individuals have completed training, and of those, more than 10,500 have obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.32. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 72% since the program was created in 1998.

Job Training Grant


EPA has selected Hunters Point Family for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. Hunters Point Family plans to train 54 students and place at least 43 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 124 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, construction health and safety, asbestos worker, and lead worker training, CPR/First Aid/AED, confined space, and mold awareness. Participants who complete the training will earn one state certification and four federal certifications. Hunters Point Family is targeting unemployed and underemployed residents of San Francisco, California. Key partners include Young Community Developers, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Hunters Point Shipyard Community Advisory Committee, Committee on Community Investment and Infrastructure, Local 261, and HOPE San Francisco.


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 9 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-california-arizona-nevada-and-hawaii)

Grant Recipient: The Hunters Point Family, CA

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-16-021
May 2016
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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