The Green Equity Toolkit is a 44 page free downloadable document developed by the Applied Research Center , in conjunction with several organizational allies. The toolkit includes Principles, Goals, Outcomes, Strategies, Success Indicators and examples for making race, gender and economic equity a priority in green-collar job creation.
The Applied Research Center’s goal is to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it. This toolkit is meant for local governments and organizations in order to build fairness and inclusion into all green project planning and spending. The toolkit highlights green equity success stories as well as practical steps for how labor and community organizers can advocate for equity and inclusion in the green economy.
The Applied Research Center also offers a Webinar and Video to accompany the toolkit. The toolkit will also be supplemented by a six-part Case-Study series highlighting green economy successes. The first study, “Greening Los Angeles: A Model Case Study of Green Retrofits of City Buildings” profiles SCOPE (feature in the Webinar), which won passage of a green retrofit ordinance for municipal buildings that will create high quality jobs for communities of color.
The Green Equity Toolkit provides a framework for addressing race, gender and economic equity in initiatives and also guidance for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating initiatives that establish green-collar jobs. The Toolkit is meant to be used in order to build community support for equity, engage public officials in equity and to encourage the government and the public to stay informed. The goals of the toolkit are to reach economic equity, gender equity and racial equity through numerous equity strategies.
The Toolkit Urges Officials to Support:
1) Maximization and equitable distribution of high-quality green jobs
2) Expansion of employer-sponsored benefits
3) Elimination of employment barriers and bias faced by disadvantaged communities
4) Expanded education opportunities and workforce development for disadvantaged communities
5) Race and gender parity in hiring for high-quality green jobs
6) Race and gender parity in contracting and green entrepreneurship
7) Creation of healthy and safe workplaces and surrounding environment
8) Maximization and equitable distribution of local hiring, contracting and high-quality, career-track green jobs
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