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Friday September 9, 2016
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By Robert Goo, environmental protection specialist, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency This blog is part of a series, created through Jobs for the Future’s NatureWORKS project which is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and the Kresge Foundation. Please visit our NatureWORKS website to learn more about this project, and email aroth@jff.org to join our mailing list. Cities around the U.S. are now utilizing green infrastructure and low-impact development (GI*) approaches to enhance their communities and more effectively manage their water resources. Green infrastructure and...
Tags: Green Skills
Wednesday August 10, 2016
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By Dana Coehlo Program Manager, Urban and Community Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region This blog post is part of series by NatureWORKS, an initiative funded by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and The Kresge Foundation. After a devastating flood in 1965, Denver turned a keen eye toward the restoration of the South Platte River. The river topped its banks disastrously, causing 21 deaths and economic losses on the order of $543 million, more than $4 billion in today’s currency. This triggered long-delayed capital improvement and flood control...
Tags: Green Skills
Wednesday July 20, 2016
NatureWORKS initiative team members Mandi Moon and Sara Lamback of Jobs for the Future spoke with Gerald Bright about his role with the Philadelphia Water Department, his background, and his advice for those interested in pursuing careers related to green infrastructure (GI) inspection and maintenance. Bright is the Group Manager of the Green Stormwater Maintenance Group for the Philadelphia Water Department. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he has been in charge of the program since 2012—a few years after its inception and four years after he first started working at the Philadelphia Water...
Tags: Green Skills
Thursday June 23, 2016
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In the spring of 2016, Kevin Doyle, lead NatureWORKS researcher, interviewed Anna Shipp, Project Manager of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit membership organization working to build a thriving and sustainable economy in the region. Shipp, a member of the NatureWORKS National Advisory Group at Jobs for the Future was joined by Lee Huang, Senior Vice President and Principal of Econsult Solutions about SBN’s January 2016 report Green City, Clean Waters: The First Five Years. The report evaluates the progress made during the first five years...
Tags: Green Skills
Monday March 7, 2016
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The NatureWORKS team would like to thank Tyler Wilson, Director of Government Relations at the Corps Network, for contributing this guest blog.  The Corps Network partners with organizations across the nation to provide comprehensive youth development programming for youth age 16-25 that includes job training, academic skills, leadership skills, and other supports with the goal of improving communities and the environment. Participating young people contribute to projects in conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human services. The Corps is made up of organizations such as: Civicorps...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership