The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced the selection of 18 grantees for approximately $3.5 million in Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants.
Three of the grants were awarded in Pennsylvania to the Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia and the Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County and to Auberle in McKeesport Pennsylvania.
Each grantee will receive funds to operate environmental job training programs that advance environmental justice by providing opportunities for residents living in areas impacted by contaminated lands. Trainees gain experience for jobs related to cleanup activities in their own communities.
“EWDJT grants transform lives by providing individuals the opportunity to gain meaningful long-term employment and a livable wage in the growing environmental field,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “Individuals completing training have often overcome a variety of barriers to employment.”For more information, visit EPA’s Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants webpage.