Green Jobs

Incorporating environmental considerations into economic development activities is becoming increasingly widespread contributing to a major expansion of what is known as the green economy. With a long history of work in economic development, job training and environmental planning, regional councils are seeking ways to build their green economies, including training and placing workers in existing and emerging green occupations.

Green Jobs Policy Brief

Green jobs contribute significantly to the improvement of environmental quality, new job opportunities, and economic expansion. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes various investments in green technology and jobs. This includes more than $11 billion for investments in a new smart grid, investments that will create thousands of miles of new or modernized high-tech transmission lines, while training and employing highly-skilled and well-paid line workers.  Additionally, states and communities across the country are increasingly investing in the Green Economy.

NARC Member Case Studies

Green Jobs Resources

NARC Resources

NARC, in partnership with ICF International, Monster Government Solutions, MWH Global and Colorado Energy Group, received a Pathways Out of Poverty grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to develop on-the-ground strategies in four regions to train and place workers in green jobs and career pathways. This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded project aimed to support “programs that help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.”

NARC, together with its national and regional partners, provided training, certification and nationally recognized credentials and apprenticeship programs to un- and underemployed individuals in four regions in Arizona, Texas and Ohio, to facilitate their transition into jobs in the weatherization and energy-efficient building sector; renewable energy (solar and wind); environmental remediation; and deconstruction and materials reuse industries. Through this project, the NARC team:

For information about the regional project partners, please see:

For more information about the project, please see

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Non-Profit Resources

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