Increasing the tree canopy in under-served urban neighborhoods goes hand-in-hand with green jobs and workforce development.
Planting trees in low-income, low-canopy areas is a powerful first step to creating a healthier, socially stronger, and more appealing community. The human health impacts of urban trees are well-documented, including the improved social connectivity through tree planting and tree volunteer events.
However, under-served neighborhoods need jobs even more than trees.
Coincidentally, there is a shortage of trained tree care workers in urban areas in California and all over the US – which provides an incredible opportunity for urban forest nonprofits to educate children, youth, and residents about tree planting, tree care AND tree care job options at their community events.
This resource page was originally created to complement the Take a Deep Dive into Green Jobs session at the 2016 Partners in Community Forestry conference, which included a screening of the film “City of Trees”.
New information will be added on an ongoing basis. Please contact Cindy Blain at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or information to add.
Green Jobs Information & Resources
- “Take A Deep Dive into Green Jobs” Agenda, Bios, & Flyer
- “Take A Deep Dive into Green Jobs” Presentation Powerpoint
- SNAP Employment & Training 101
- USDA Press Release: “SNAP Employment, Training a USDA Priority”
- USDA Policy Brief: “Why Now is the Time for States To Build Their SNAP E&T Programs”
- SNAP Employment & Training US Contact List 2016
Photos from 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Conference