&EPA
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105)
EPA500-F-01-221
June 2001
www.epa.gov/brownfields/
                   Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                                       Brownfields Success Stories
The  Brownfields  Job Training   Pilot
Program:   Fulfilling  the  Commitment
to  Environmental Justice
   ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE STORY
    n October 1999, the Council on Urban Economic Development
   (CUED) released a study confirming that EPA's Brownfields Initia-
   tive is being put to use in the communities that need it most: blighted
   communities of racial and ethnic minorities and low-income citi-
   zens. With median incomes within Brownfields Pilot-targeted ar-
   eas at 30 percent below the national average, the Initiative mirrors
   EPA's focus on the impact of environmental pollution on disadvan-
   taged segments of society. The Agency defines environmental jus-
   tice as the  "fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and in-
   comes, regarding the development of environmental laws, regula-
   tions, and policies."  As part of the Brownfields Initiative, EPA in-
   corporates  a strategy to address environmental justice as part of the
   economic restoration of communities affected by these sites.

   The Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilot program
   is EPA's latest effort in its dual commitment to environmental jus-
   tice and brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Job Training Pi-
   lots, which are funded at up to $200,000 each over two years, foster
   workforce  development through environmental training while en-
   suring that  trainees are recruited from disadvantaged communities.

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                                        JUST THE FACTS:
                                        • Brownfields Job Training Pilots have an
                                          average retention rate of 76 percent once
                                          students begin training.
                                        • Nearly 70 percent of Brownfields Job
                                          Training program graduates have found
                                          employment in the environmental field, with
                                          an average salary of more than $13 per hour.
                                        • EPA has also partnered with other federal
                                          agencies to promote job training for residents
                                          of disadvantaged communities in the vicinity
                                          of Brownfields Assessment Demonstration
                                          Pilots.


                                          Brownfields Job Training Pilots, which
                                          are funded at up to $200,000 each
                                          over two years, foster workforce
                                          development through environmental
                                          training while ensuring that trainees
                                          are recruited from  disadvantaged
                                          communities.
ERA'S Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic
redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is
a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding:
assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup
and redevelopment models; job training pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of
communities affected by brownfields to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental
field; and, cleanup revolving loan fund programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds to make loans for
the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states, tribes, municipalities, and communities
with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified approach to site assessment, environmental
cleanup, and redevelopment.

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     By providing quality worker training, this initiative allows local residents
     an opportunity to qualify for jobs created as a result of brownfields cleanup
     and redevelopment efforts.  To date, 37 Job Training Pilots have been
     awarded.  These Pilots  are  located either within or adjacent to
     Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots, and facilitate cleanup
     of targeted brownfields while training residents impacted by these
     brownfields for employment in the environmental field.
CONTACTS:
Oakland Private Industry Council
(510)891-9393
Young Community Developers
(415)822-3491
EPA Headquarters
(202) 260-4039
Visit the EPA Brownfields Web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/
     Job Training Pilots are administered through local job training and
     educational organizations. Beyond the environmental training program
     provided through EPA's grant, many of these organizations use their
     own funding or leverage additional resources to offer life skills training
     and professional development services for enrollees. The training curricula
     range from three weeks to a year, and cover such diverse areas as environmental
     assessment,  cleanup methods, innovative treatment technologies, environmental lab
     technologies, and environmental law, regulations and policy. To date, more than 550 participants
     have graduated.  Overall, the Pilots have a retention rate of 76 percent for students that begin
     training.  More than 380 of the programs' graduates have found employment in the environmen-
     tal field—a placement rate of 69 percent—with an average salary of more than $13 per hour.

     Examples of successful Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots include the Oak-
     land Private Industry Council (Cypress Mandela Training Center) in Oakland, California, and
     the Young Community Developers program in San  Francisco, California. The Council targets
     low-income  and otherwise disadvantaged residents, specifically those that participate in the Tem-
     porary Assistance to Needy Families program.  The  program has graduated 132 trainees in four
     13-week training cycles, and eighty percent of the graduates found jobs within two weeks. The
     Young Community Developers program has graduated 24 participants,  of which 16 are em-
     ployed, earning an average of $20 per hour.  The Pilot has also built strong partnerships with
     local agencies, universities, unions, and private companies, and leveraged $173,000 in funds and
     resources.

     EPA has also partnered with other federal agencies to promote job training for disadvantaged
     communities in the vicinity of Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots. Memoranda of
     Understanding with the  Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs promote  environmental
     workforce training programs in brownfields communities throughout the country.  A partnership
     with the National Institute for Environmental Health Services  (NIEHS) is leveraging additional
     job training opportunities for residents of Brownfields Pilot communities.  EPA and NIEHS are
     working to ensure that Minority Worker Training Program grants, established to help develop
     training programs for minority youth, tie closely to ongoing activities in Brownfields Pilot cities.
     And a cooperative agreement with the Hazardous  Materials Training and Research Institute
     (HMTRI), based in the Eastern Iowa Community College District, has expanded environmental
     training and curriculum development at community colleges located near Brownfields Pilots.
     HMTRI hosts workshops to assist community colleges and other job training organizations from
     brownfields  communities in developing environmental job training programs, and provides fol-
     low-up technical assistance to help tailor programs to specific community labor market needs.

     For more information on EPA's Brownfields Job Training Development and Demonstration Pilot
     program, contact EPA Headquarters at (202) 260-4039.
Brownfields Success Story
June 2001
         Environmental Justice Story
                EPA 500-F-01-221

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