The  Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative’s mission is to develop a skilled workforce that is ready to meet employer demands in the developing green economy and to capture new employment opportunities for Chicagoland low-skilled individuals.

The Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative is currently managed by the Chicago Jobs Council.  The Initiative works to explore and identify employment and job training opportunities that prepare  disadvantaged workers for emerging green jobs in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, urban agriculture, and horticulture industries (among others).  We work with programs that serve: individuals with barriers to employment, those who are unemployed or underemployed, and incumbent workers requiring  updated training for new technologies. Similar to the national leader, Green for All, the initiative focuses on green collar jobs as a pathway out of poverty. We support the development of Green Collar Jobs that will focus on low-income, disadvantaged communities and developing career-paths that spur upward economic mobility.


The U.S. Department of Labor has release a grant solicitation under the Workforce Innovation Fund. This fund is intended to support the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the public workforce system. Eligible Applicants include state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards, and  state workforce agencies. Applications are due on March 22. For more information, and to apply please click here.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has released a guide to help women prepare for, find, and succeed in ‘green’ jobs, titled Why Green is your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career. The guide also includes resources for workforce development professionals, training providers, educators, career counselors and women’s advocacy organizations. To access please click here.