Goals of the program:

  • provide meaningful employment opportunities to underemployed and unemployed individuals, primarily in Detroit
  • create equality in accessing green jobs and creating green businesses for Detroit residents
  • expand opportunities for local businesses in green and brownfield industries through a highly skilled and trained Detroit-based workforce
  • transform the lives and communities of Detroit through sustainable, environmentally just and green job practices.

During a 4 week training course, program participants receive Department of Labor Distance Learning training for :

  • HAZWOPER certification
  • Construction
  • Weatherization

During a state-certified, 10-16 week training course, program participants receive training for:

  • HAZWOPER certification
  • Lead Worker certification
  • Asbestos Worker certification
  • OSHA 10hr workplace card
  • Confined Space entry
  • Mold Remediation
  • Phase I/Phase II environmental site assessments
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Fall Training

The training course may also include the following Green Tracks:

  • Energy Audits/Retrofitting: Energy audits are a process of evaluating a system (such as a building) to understand its energy use. Retrofitting is adding new technology or features to an existing building to make it more energy efficient.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD): CAD is the use of computer technology to aid in the design and especially the drafting (technical/engineering drawings) of a part or product, including entire buildings
  • Deconstruction: Deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for reusing, recycling and reducing waste. It is a way of salvaging all of the value in a building that is to be taken down.
  • Geothermal Systems: Ground source heat pumps use the natural warmth of the earth to heat and cool your building.
  • Green Landscaping: Green landscaping is a way of designing and maintaining beautiful yards, gardens, and larger areas to:
    * reduce harm to the environment
    * save time and $ with lower maintenance
    * have healthier places to work and play
  • Phase I/Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (intro and sampling methods): Phase I assesses the potential for environmental contamination and history of a site. Phase II specifically focuses on obtaining sampling information for contamination.
  • Phytoremediation: Phytoremediation uses natural properties of plants in engineered systems to remove pollutants from soil, water and air.
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