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Creating Green Jobs

Tools for Community Development


Creating Green Jobs

Listed here are job training opportunities in watershed management, solar panel installation, green building, and other fields useful for a variety of professionals that may meet the needs of your development project in the short- and long-term.


NYU’s Green Careers Database 

ELI’s BRIGHT Green Jobs Repository 

EPA’s Green Jobs Training Catalog

Rainwater Harvesting, Watershed, & Stormwater Programs:

Rainwater Harvesting Certification ( American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association)

Water Harvesting Design Certificate (Arizona) 

Rainwater Catchment Systems Inspector Certificate Program (Arizona) 

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Training Program (Texas) 

CCB License online course (Oregon) 

OSHA & Rainwater Harvesting course (Rhode Island) 

Watershed and Stormwater Training (Center for Watershed Protection)

Stormwater MBP Inspection and Maintenance (EPA)

Watershed Management Group Watershed Technical Trainings 

Clean Water Certificate Training Program (Center for Watershed Protection)

Green Building and Plumbing Programs: 

National Personnel Certification (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials)

LEED Certification (Green Building Certification Institute)

Green Building Training (GreenHOME DC)

Pervious Pavement Programs: 

Pervious Concrete Training and Certification (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)

Pervious Pavement Certification (Michigan Concrete Association) 

4 levels of Certifications (Concrete Promotional Group)

NRMCA Pervious Concrete Technician training courses and certification (North Carolina)


Conservation, Wetlands, and Forestry Programs: 

Wetland Construction, Policy, and Management Courses (Wetland Training Institute)

USDA’s Wetlands Training (US Department of Agriculture)

Urban Forestry Training (Casey Trees Washington DC) 

American Youthworks Program (Americorps, Louisiana)

Conservation Field Training (Minnesota Conservation Corps)

Landscaping and Conservation Youth Training (Maryland Civic Justice Corps) 

Conservation and Youth Programs  (Vermont Youth Conservation Corps)

Habitat Restoration and Disaster Response training (Washington Conservation Corps, Americorps)  

Water Quality and Local Habitat Training and Job Placement (Wisconsin, Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps)

Solar Panel Programs:

Solar Professionals Certificate Program (Solar Energy International)

Board Certification exams with solar energy development (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)

Online training in solar fundamentals (Everblue)

Installing PV systems workshop (Florida Solar Energy Center)

Hands on workshops for PV design and installation (Georgia Solairgen School of Solar Technology) 

Classroom courses and online trainings (Ecotech Texas)

Brownfields Programs: 

Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant (EPA)

Native Plant Certification and Education Programs:

Certificate in Native Plants Studies (Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

Native Plant Master (Colorado State University)

Native Plant studies certificate (South Carolina Botanical Garden)


Tools for Community Development

Listed here are toolkits, guides, and technical assistance for community planning and resilience. There are resources related to solar energy, brown field redevelopment, waste management, youth programs, urban planning, and resilience.

Youth Programs:

Youth Urban Forestry Program - San Francisco, CA Friends of the Urban Forest (catered to 14 to 18 year olds, training and hands on internships) 

Job training and education program covering landscaping, recycling, playground renovation, and community education - San Francisco Conservation Corps (18 to 26 year olds) 

Residential job training program for at-risk youth (technical training in construction, manufacturing, automotive) - Treasure Island Job Corps 

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Resources: 

Stormwater Planning: Guide, toolkit, and technical assistance to promote comprehensive community-wide approached to manage Stormwater

BF Stormwater Infiltration: Presented information to assist communities in implementing Stormwater management practices that promote infiltration at vacant parcels and BFs 

Urban Water Plan (New Orleans, LA): Set of reports geared towards addressing urban water issues and making better use of water assets. 

Wastewater Resiliency Plan (New York, NY): Measures to promote resilience in design and retrofits to existing networks of wastewater facilities. 

Water & Resources Recovery Center (Dubuque, IA): Plan for upgrading aging wastewater treatment facility to extend lifespan and foster sustainability

Flood-Related Sales Tax (Fargo, ND): 1% of the 2% local sales tax is utilized for flood control projects 

Infrastructure Programs: 

Green Roof Tax Credits/Rebates (Philadelphia, PA): incentives construction/retrofitting of green roofs

Green Roof Rebate (Nashville, TN): offers $10/sq. ft. of green roof construction costs against monthly sewer charges for a property for up to 60 months

RainScape Rewards Program (Montgomery County, MD): Offers technical/financial assistance and rewards rebates or up to $2500 (residential) and $10000 (commercial, multifamily, and homeowner association projects) for work that reduces Stormwater runoff volume and improves property water quality.

Green Infrastructure Tools (Nashville, TN): Solutions and cost estimates for green infrastructure tools 

Rain Check Program (Philadelphia, PA): Funding for home improvement projects for saving water and protecting water sources

Stormwater Ordinance (Philadelphia, PA): Evaluates Stormwater fee based on gross area and impervious surfaces and offers funding and credits for Stormwater management infrastructure and includes best practices for homeowners.

Stormwater Utility Credit Program (Toledo, OH): Credits given to properties who construct Stormwater runoff volume reducing measures/infrastructures

Relevant Synthesized Resources

Describes innovative approaches and emerging best practices in state petroleum brownfield initiatives and provides recommendations for expediting the redevelopment of petroleum sites at the state level. Although these recommendations are specific to petroleum brownfield sites, many can be applied to contaminated sites in general.

ELI’s Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Community Input into Green Infrastructure Projects, developed in partnership with Amigos Bravos, provides an outline of the community engagement process. While the guide focuses on green infrastructure projects, these steps can be broadly applied to local infrastructure projects including brownfield redevelopment.

EPA has compiled a list of activities that can encourage community engagement through the Superfund process. This is an outline of steps taken through the Superfund process and their associated opportunities for public engagement.

Provides an overview and guidance on implementing solar panels as a potential end-use for brownfields.

Criteria and explanation for targeted brownfields assessments.

Toolkit for contaminated property redevelopment. Includes advice on property identification, clean up, and redevelopment.Toolkit for contaminated property redevelopment. Includes advice on property identification, clean up, and redevelopment.Toolkit for contaminated property redevelopment. Includes advice on property identification, clean up, and redevelopment.

Provides guidance on building local capacity, offering opportunities for leadership, investing and relying on one-on-one relationships sto promote community resilience.

Guide of ordinances and regulations related to stormwater management, land use, best practices and climate adaptation.

Overview of institutional controls related to land use planning and zoning and using institutional controls to protect public health.

Tools and guidance for brownfield property owners.

A guide to community solar, including guidance on non-profit models, state policies, tax policies and incentives, utility sponsored models, and special purpose entity models.

Advice and guidance on implementing green clean-ups and redeveloping brownfields for climate resiliency.

Information about environmental concerns and common demolition practices and the benefits to improving demolitions.

Studies and Reports

Legal Documents and Financing


Studies and Reports

Listed here are various studies and reports ranging from the EPA’s guidance on climate adaptation planning, to explanations of executive orders, to introductory reports on GIS.

Explanation and examples of collaborative problem-solving models from the EPA. CPS is a process by which various stakeholders agree to work together to address a particular issue or concern. CPS requires partnerships (formal or informal relationships based on defined goals and principles) and negotiations (processes by which stakeholders agree to resolve disagreements together) to achieve goals.

The EPA’s Brownfields Area Wide Planning Pilots highlights 7 cross-project themes for communities to successfully manage and implement projects based on the experiences of program grant recipients.

Guidance on setting reuse goals and planning,m understanding regulations, regulatory guidelines, and liability concerns, engaging the community, environmental impacts and project resiliency.

EPA overview of smart growth principles and challenges to equitable and sustainable communities. From the EPA.

Overview of EPA's climate adaptation planning resources. Includes program and project approaches to resilience.

Resources for understanding a reducing a project's environmental footprint from the EPA. Focus on defining parameters and metrics to be quantified and establishing a methodology and process for quantifying those metrics.

This resource includes a broad overview of why environmental justice mapping is important and a nontechnical overview of two main EJ mapping tools.

Explanation of Executive Order 12898 that mandates Federal Actions to address environmental justice in minority and low-income populations.

Gives an overview of GIS and provides resources for GIS education and training, concepts and data models, and a brief history of GIS.


Legal Documents and Financing

Listed is information and guidance on financing, risk evaluation, and an overview of relevant legal documents.

Workbook for risk evaluation for local governments considering reuse of contaminated properties from the EPA.

Advice on creative financing for smaller communities from James Harris Partners LLC and the Urban Land Institute.

Overview of common qualities of successful creative financing in towns based on case studies. Includes common large-scale financing tools.

Outlines selected landmark dates, documents, and citations relevant to the Civil Rights background of Environmental Justice necessary for its potential application in legal issues involving the health and environment of minority and overburdened communities.