The  Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative’s mission is 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 is currently managed by the Chicago Jobs Council.  The Initiative works 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 work 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 support the development of Green Collar Jobs that will focus on low-income, disadvantaged communities and developing career-paths that spur upward economic mobility.


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Building a Sustainable Region: Innovative Practices from Metro-Chicago’s Global Corporations

The City of Chicago recently released a new report titled Building a Sustainable Region: Innovative Practices from Metro-Chicago’s Global Corporations, showcasing various reasons why Chicago is a sustainable business hub, including leadership in LEED certifications and green buildings, electronic vehicles, and more. To view the report click here.

City of Chicago Bike Share Program to Launch

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently announced that it will launch the city’s new bike share system– called “Divvy”–later this spring, with the goal of expanding 4,000 bikes at 400 neighborhood locations over the next year. Making Chicago the most bike and pedestrian friendly city in the country is  goal #8 of Mayor Emanuel’s Sustainable Chicago 2015 action agenda; launching the bike share program is a key action in achieving this goal. for more information, click here.

Governor’s 2013 Sustainability Awards

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards. Since 1987, the ISTC has presented awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.The deadline for this year’s application is May 31. For eligibility information and to apply, click here.

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