Webcast: Green Jobs and Low-Wage Workers

Posted by on April 13, 2009

Webinar discusses development of green jobs

The Urban Institute is sponsoring an audio webcast called A New Safety Net for Working Families: Green Jobs and Low-Wage Workers, on Tuesday, April 21st from 9-10:30am.

The economic stimulus package passed in February provides significant resources for developing environment-friendly “green jobs.” The act includes $48 billion overall for job training and education, nearly $100 billion for transportation and infrastructure, $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy, and more than $41 billion for energy-related programs.

But it is unclear how green investments will benefit the country’s most vulnerable individuals: low-wage workers with limited skills.

The webcast will discuss the characteristics of green jobs, which jobs in this growing sector are relevant to low-skilled workers, the key features of the stimulus legislation that will help low-income individuals access these jobs, and what types of training will help low-skilled individuals get green jobs.  The webcast will also discuss recommendations on what states and localities should do to ensure that low-skilled workers benefit from the growth in green jobs.

To listen to the audio webcast, register here.


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