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NUCFAC Highlights: Cultivating and activating a natural infrastructure workforce

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NUCFAC Highlights: Cultivating and activating a natural infrastructure workforce
July 19, 2017

Lisa Ortega, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future
Dave Gamstetter, Cincinnati Parks

Public demand has surged for natural innovations that make cities more environmentally friendly and more pleasant places to live. This demand has led to growth in the number of available entry-level jobs with some advancement potential, ranging from maintenance of urban gardens to installation of natural systems that manage stormwater flooding. In this webinar, Sara Lamback will explore the findings of the NatureWORKS project that identifies current and emerging trends in the green infrastructure workforce to examine the potential of these projects to spur job creation. Dave Gamstetter will give illustrative examples of job training and job creation spurred by green infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Ohio. The NatureWORKS project was made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) sets the categories for this grant program based on the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan and recommends to the Forest Service innovative urban and community forestry research and projects that should be considered for funding. Council Member Lisa Ortega will open the webinar with a brief overview of NUCFAC and its national research agenda.

Presentations

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National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council: Stewarding a vision for the future (PDF)
Lisa Ortega
Member
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

Jobs for the Future: Exploring the green infrastructure workforce (PDF)
Sara Lamback
Senior Program Manager
Jobs for the Future

Cincinnati: Green infrastructure & training (PDF)
Dave Gamstetter
Natural Resource Manager
Cincinnati Parks

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce
This report from Jobs for the Future shares finding from NatureWORKS, a national initiative to understand the skills, credentials, and potential of the US green infrastructure workforce.

Greenprint: A plan to prepare community college students for careers in the clean economy
In this report, Jobs for the Future and the National Wildlife Federation address how to grow a sustainability workforce.

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program
The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance workers and establishes a career path for skilled workers.

Project Groundwork
This website provides information on Project Groundwork, Cincinnati’s program to help reduce sewer overflows and their impact on our communities.

US Forest Service Resources

From Job Training to Green Jobs: A case study for a young adult employment program centered on environmental restoration in New York City, USA
Published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, this article from the Forest Service’s NYC Urban Field Station analyzes the experiences of graduates from a green jobs training program as they transition to full-time employment.