Organizations train New Yorkers in sustainable industries

Kermit was wrong — it’s easy to be green, thanks to local programs that provide free training for dozens of jobs in the thriving environment and sustainability sectors.

These jobs continue to rise and expand. according to LinkedIn Global Green Skills Report 2022, The number of US jobs in renewables has increased by 237% over the past five years.

Green City Force, a nonprofit organization of AmeriCorps in Bedford-Stuyvesant, is benefiting from this expansion. They train people between the ages of 18 and 24 with high school diplomas or equivalent, who reside in New York City Housing Authorityin a structured program that lasts for several months.

This includes classroom training and community projects in green infrastructure, and participants receive a stipend of $900 twice a month, plus free monthly MetroCards.

Through the program’s Career Services and Alumni department, participants meet with employers and ground jobs that typically pay between $17 and $30 per hour to start; Some climb to earn annual salaries of up to $90,000 as project managers.

Joshua Owens, 30, director of social enterprise operations at Green City Force, administers and regulates government contracts across neighborhoods, and first participated in the program himself in 2014.

He said, “I was stunned.” “It looked like a university course, with a lot of information on sustainability across the board – working on energy, how to conserve resources, conserving water, urban farming, building gardens.”

The course also brings back to the neighborhood.

Joshua Owens.
Joshua Owens, Director of Social Enterprise Operations at Green City Force, first participated in the program himself in 2014.
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“It has meant a lot to have something positive going on within my community,” said Owens, who feels empowered by the program, where he can now move anywhere in the industry by drawing on his technical skills. It also showcases the soft skills of a willingness to learn and listen – valuable competencies that employers aspire to.

Last year, Gary Lambert, 28, participated in the NYC CoolRoofsa free program from New York City Small Business Services Administration In cooperation with several organizations, it offers training, certification and practical experience in the installation of energy efficient reflective rooftops.

Since its inception in 2009, it has covered 11 million square feet of New York City’s rooftops in heat-exposed neighborhoods to reduce rooftop temperatures, reduce indoor temperatures, reduce carbon emissions, and improve air quality.

Joshua Owens.
The program features classroom training and community projects in green infrastructure.
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“It was a way to improve myself for employment and help me get certificates for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), site safety training, first aid and CPR,” said a Fort Greene resident who previously worked in maintenance in high-rise apartment buildings. “This gave me the tools to get a foot in the door.”

In addition to learning about green infrastructure and installing impressive roofs, Lambert forged close relationships with the 28 colleagues and leaders in his 10-week group.
New York City residents 18 or older, who are unemployed or underemployed, are eligible to apply, but they must meet requirements such as the ability to carry 50-pound buckets.

Participants pay varies by job, but typically starts at $15 per hour. The goal after the program is to get to work by taking advantage of the default mode Workforce1 Job Center Systemwhich provides free work readiness, job connections and support.

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Participants pay varies by job, but typically starts at $15 per hour.
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In August, Lambert was appointed as Assistant Crew Adviser at the Workforce Development Organization, Hope Program, which provides New Yorkers with sustainable job training, skills development, and employment. “What I loved the most about the show was how helpful and supportive the people inside the show were,” Lambert said. “They are always coaching. It is more than just a programme, it is a family.”

Ultimately, all of these organizations are a boon to the participants, the environment and New York.

“Our CoolRoofs program trains and connects New Yorkers to quality jobs, building our economic recovery while advancing the city’s environmental goals,” said Kevin D. Kim, commissioner of the New York City Small Business Services Administration. “This program helps reduce energy consumption and reduce the urban heat island effect, helping New York City move closer to carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Joshua Owens.
“It has meant a lot to be something positive happening within my community,” said Josiah Owens.
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Jason Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine and author “Building for Tomorrow: An Action Plan for Embracing Change, Rapid Adaptation, and Checking Your Career Future” Harmony thinks these types of software are very important.

“They are filling in that most important gap in economic transitions,” he said. “We need to be able to train people in new industries because where there is growth, there will be opportunities and demand for great talent.”

It’s a win-win situation, Pfeiffer said. “We will do the workforce, the economy, and the land a great service by making sure people are trained for these jobs.”

This is also good news for people looking to forge a new path, like Susan Erler, 54. After working for nearly 11 years as a database administrator, the resident Roslyn Heights, LI, became a certified welder while working with her husband on heavy work. Equipment repair shop.

Now, you will come Farmingdale State College Full-time dual bachelor’s degree in architecture and construction management engineering.

Erler also joined GE wind turbine technical training, a free five-week course, to become a wind turbine technician. You will receive a Small Wind accreditation in the spring of 2024.

“We learned turbine parts, took a safety course, learned turbine maintenance, and did blueprints and troubleshooting for two weeks,” said Erler. At the end of each module, they have been tested and given certificates of completion. “It’s definitely the future of sustainable energy.”

Erler wants to incorporate these skills and green building protocols into her next job as it unfolds. “I am open to any direction,” she said. “There is a lot going on.”

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