City of Austin aims to create more green jobs for residents

It’s always nice to hear about politicians’ plans for creating huge numbers of green jobs at some undetermined point in the future, but even better to hear about any number of green jobs today. Good news for residents of Austin:

The City of Austin is partnering with multiple organizations to create more accessible opportunities to green jobs in the central Texas area.

Community partners, as well as the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC), and the Innovation Office developed the Green Workforce Accelerator program (GWA). The goal of the program is to help build capacity in Austin’s workforce for organizations to provide a variety of green job pathways and aims to train, employ and inspire a green workforce of the future.

“The Green Workforce Accelerator was developed out of the ongoing work of the Austin Civilian Conservation Corp), an initiative I’m proud to have launched in response to the economic effects of the pandemic,” said Council Member Alison Alter, who authored the resolution creating the ACCC. “As the climate emergency continues to impact our city, green jobs are key towards building a sustainable, resilient, and equitable community that meets the aspirations of the Green New Deal. I look forward to supporting the Green Workforce Accelerator and its programs.”

The Innovation Office is anticipating the program will lead to production of 30-50 paying opportunities for residents of Austin. Wages will be paid by participating organizations. Read the full article on Fox 7 Austin.

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