The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $300,000 grant to the City of South Tucson today for job training and development. The grant is to train residents for green jobs to clean up polluted sites.
From the news EPA news release:
(7/19/11) SAN FRANCISCO – Today in South Tucson, the EPA awarded a $300,000 grant to the City for environmental workforce development and job training to recruit, train, and place unemployed, predominantly low-income residents in jobs to clean up polluted areas.
The funding is part of a national award of more than $6.2 million to 21 grantees throughout the country. The training program will put 39 trainees through a 28-week training cycle that will include courses on hazardous waste operations, asbestos and lead inspections, underground storage tank operation and cleanup, and green and alternative cleanup practices.
“These job training grants are not just helping to create jobs, they’re helping create green jobs that protect the health of local families and residents and prepare communities for continued economic growth,” said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Creating green jobs proves that we don’t have to choose between cleaning up our air and our water or creating jobs in our communities. It’s possible to do both at the same time.”
For the entire EPA news release, click here.