The Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative is no longer an active committee. This page has been left up as a legacy site until such time as the domain name expires. It will not be receiving further updates.

The  Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative’s mission was to develop a skilled workforce that is ready to meet employer demands in the developing green economy and to capture new employment opportunities for Chicagoland low-skilled individuals.

The Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative was managed by the Chicago Jobs Council.  The Initiative worked to explore and identify employment and job training opportunities that prepare  disadvantaged workers for emerging green jobs in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, urban agriculture, and horticulture industries (among others).  We worked with programs that serve: individuals with barriers to employment, those who are unemployed or underemployed, and incumbent workers requiring  updated training for new technologies. The initiative focuses on green collar jobs as a pathway out of poverty. We supported the development of Green Collar Jobs that will focus on low-income, disadvantaged communities and developing career-paths that spur upward economic mobility.