How can green building investments and initiative serve as platforms for on-going, long-term economic development? This panel looks at how two green neighborhood initiatives (the construction of a LEED-ND in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a renewable energy retrofit in San Francisco, CA) resulted in the creation of two ongoing sustainable workforces for at-risk youth and hard to employ workers.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evolution and current status of two ongoing workforce programs that emerged from green building efforts and be able to use that knowledge to expand green neighborhood impacts.
  • Describe the triple-bottom line benefits of sustainable jobs programs, including the environmental benefits, the economic benefits that accrue to partners and participants, and the social benefits to the neighborhood.
  • Evaluate their own green neighborhood plans for opportunities for inclusion of green job training and employment programs during and after the development phase.
  • Evaluate sources of financing/funding for green job training and employment programs, including understanding the steps necessary to make a program self-sufficient and self-funding.