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Forum/Webcast: Green Jobs & Low-Wage Workers


Green Jobs and Low-Wage Workers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

9:00-10:30 a.m. ET


To attend in Washington, D.C., RSVP at,
e-mail, or call (202) 261-5709.

To listen to the audio webcast, register at


    • Kate Atkins, executive director, Garden State Alliance for a New Economy
    • C. Mijin Cha, director of campaign research, Urban Agenda
    • Karin Martinson, senior research associate, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute (moderator)
    • Jason Walsh, national policy director, Green for All
    • Others to be announced

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the economic stimulus package passed in February, provides significant resources for developing environment-friendly “green jobs.” The act includes $48 billion overall for job training and education, nearly $100 billion for transportation and infrastructure, $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy, and more than $41 billion for energy-related programs. But it is unclear how green investments will benefit the country’s most vulnerable individuals: low-wage workers with limited skills. 

Be part of the conversation as our panel of experts seeks answers to such questions as

    • What are the characteristics of green jobs? Which jobs in this growing sector are relevant to low-skilled workers?
    • What are ARRA’s key features that will help low-income individuals access these jobs?
    • What should the federal government’s role be in promoting green development, particularly for low-income families?
    • What types of training will help low-skilled individuals get green jobs?
    • What should states and localities do to ensure that low-skilled workers benefit from the growth in green jobs?
    • What can we learn from localities’ experiences in establishing partnerships to develop green jobs?

At the Urban Institute

2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00.

Webcast note:
You will need to register for the webcast on the same computer you will use to listen. You can register anytime up to and during the event. To access the webcast, you can go to the same link where you registered,

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