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Understanding the skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce

Identifying current and emerging trends in the green infrastructure workforce to examine the potential of these projects to spur job creation

Mary V.L. Wright
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Tree Care and Urban Forestry Jobs in the "Urban Green Infrastructure" Workforce: A NatureWORKS Webinar

On July 26th, NatureWORKS hosted a webinar featuring three national experts who discussed Tree Care and Urban Forestry Jobs in the urban green infrastructure workforce. The webinar included the following presentations: 

  • “Preparing the Next Generation: Workforce Initiatives of the Tree Care Industry Association” by Brigitte Orrick, National Workforce Director, Tree Care Industry Association
  • “Public Sector Workforce and Wage Results from a Study of Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States” by Dr. Richard Hauer, Professor of Urban Forestry, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • “An Employer's View: Recruiting, Hiring, Educating, and Retaining the People We Need Today” by James Ingram, President and COO, Bartlett Tree Experts, Corporate Office 
The webinar materials are now available and may be accessed via the following links:

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The Green Jobs Movement: Lessons Learned 

June 29, 2016

At JFF's national Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility summit, NatureWORKS lead researcher Kevin Doyle facilitated a session with several key leaders in the “green jobs” movement, The panel summarized recent "green infrastructure" training activities from JFF's NatureWORKS initiative, explored lessons learned from 10+ years of workforce programs and policies targeting the nation’s growing “green economy,” examined the extent to which “green jobs” require specific skills and credentials, and highlighted how these jobs might provide opportunities for traditionally underserved communities. Panelists provided examples of community college and NGO  training programs and highlighted the critical role of employer engagement in their effectiveness.

Session panelists:

  • Matthew Garcia, Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Education & Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Julian Keniry, Senior Director, Campus and Community Leadership, National Wildlife Federation
  • Capri St. Vil, Director of Education and Workforce Programs, The Corps Network

Slides for this session may be found here.

Emerging Trends in Green Infrastructure: A NatureWORKS Webinar

June 22, 2016

NatureWORKS hosted a webinar featuring a panel of national experts who discussed Emerging Trends in Green Infrastructure around the country. The webinar included the following presentations:

  • “An Emerging Role of City Parks in Green Stormwater Infrastructure,” Rich Dolesh, Vice President for Conservation and Parks, National Recreation and Parks Association
  • “The Water Environment Federation's New Green Infrastructure Certification Program,” Stacy Passaro, NGICP Manager, Water Environment Federation
  • “The Role of a Green Infrastructure Business Association in Philadelphia and Beyond,” Anna Shipp, GSI Partners Program Manager, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

The webinar materials are now available and may be accessed via the following links:

Exploring the National Urban Green Infrastructure Workforce: Lessons from the NatureWORKS Study Cities 

December 2, 2015 Webinar

As cities across the nation invest millions of dollars in green infrastructure, they simultaneously support public and private jobs and create new workforce development training needs. Though the NatureWORKS project, Jobs for the Future is studying occupations affected by  this growing trend through national research and an in-depth investigation of six cities using green infrastructure for stormwater management, resilience to climate change, and to improve the lives of all citizens.

During the webinar, JFF featured the following four experts from four NatureWORKS study cities:
  • Jennifer Lawson, Water Resources Manager, City of Ann Arbor, MI
  • Marc Recktenwald, Water Quality Progrm Manager, City of Charlotte, NC
  • Michael Bouchard, South Platte River Vision Project Manager, City of Denver, CO
  • Ben Higgins, Watershed Manager, Department of Public Works, City of Lincoln, NE

The panelists highlighted relevant information about their local context and the workforce development challenges and opportunities related to green infrastructure and provide an opportunity to learn about the public and private workers who help design, install, and maintain green infrastructure systems. 

The webinar materials are now available and may be accessed via the following links: