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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Tuesday February 9, 2016
By guest
The NatureWORKS team would like to thank William L. Allen III for contributing to this guest post. Will Allen is the Vice President of Conservation Planning & Integrated Services at The Conservation Fund and a member of the NatureWORKS advisory group. Today, nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in mega regions making the conservation of nature both more challenging and more urgent. Investments in green infrastructure are critically important to protect and restore the natural systems that provide communities with clean air, water, and other “ecosystem services.” One way to make...
Tags: Green Skills
Monday December 14, 2015
By guest
By Kevin Doyle This fall, I’ve visited with urban green infrastructure (GI) leaders in Charlotte, Lincoln, Denver, and Ann Arbor as part of JFF’s two-year NatureWORKS Initiative. This project aims to better understand the GI workforce and training needs, and to examine the potential for job growth associated with green infrastructure investments.  My most recent trip was a three-day visit to Ann Arbor that included a GI tour with leaders from the City of Detroit, City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, The Nature Conservancy, Erb Family Foundation, and leading contractors.   Touring rain...
Tags: Green Skills
Tuesday August 4, 2015
By guest
This post was authored by Jeanne Maloney, director of special projects in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at Westchester Community College (WCC), and Ann Rubenzahl, assistant dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at WCC. It originally appeared on The article was an initiative of the Professional Development Center, one of the departments of WCC's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. As we move toward a greener economy and the use of clean energy, we have an opportunity for communities and regional...
Tags: Green Skills, Labor Market Information
Thursday March 26, 2015
This blog post is authored by Kevin Doyle, Green Economy, and Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future. Anna Shipp is the project manager for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners initiative at the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia. She is a valued member of the NatureWORKS Advisory Group. Read Anna's bio.  The City of Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to expand the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. Through the Green City, Clean Waters Plan, the Philadelphia Water Department committed to invest more than $2...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Thursday December 11, 2014
In April 2011, Jobs for the Future was one of six organizations in the country to receive a Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. At $8 million, JFF’s grant was the largest awarded, and it funded innovative green industry training and employment programs in seven different cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The project officially concluded in September 2014, and JFF is actively sharing results and lessons learned from this large-scale employment initiative. Our...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership, Addressing Employer Needs