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Green Jobs

The Green Jobs Initiative will connect residents to green jobs. Our goal is to create economic growth and promote health, equity, mobility, and security.

Many of Boston’s 86,000 buildings will need deep energy retrofits to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Our streets and public realm will also need to prepare for increased rainfall, flooding and heat. To make our city carbon neutral and climate ready, we need to grow and diversify the pipeline of Boston’s future green workers. We also need to hone the skills of our active labor force. The 2019 Climate Action Plan Update laid out our strategy to grow our green building workforce. Over the coming years, the City is developing training programs to connect residents to green job opportunities. We will be updating this page as we develop new initiatives.

About the initiative

Plans for the program

The Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget included:

  • $1 million for green jobs, and
  • another $1 million for zero waste and mobility jobs.

We received an additional $3 million in federal funds for green workforce development. We're working with internal and external partners to develop and implement green jobs initiatives. Our goal is to address community needs and values. We are also growing the pipeline for green City jobs. Our plan is to create advancement opportunities through:

  • outreach
  • mentorship and fellowships, and
  • improved hiring practices.
What are 'green jobs'?

Green jobs are jobs in:

  • energy efficiency
  • carbon-reduction, and
  • natural resource conservation or climate hazard mitigation sectors.

These industries include but are not limited to:

  • construction trades, including weatherization, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, engineering, carpentry, roofing, estimation, and pipefitting
  • building operations, building automation, and facilities management, and 
  • green stormwater infrastructure, tree care, and horticulture.

Youth green jobs training program

The City of Boston is creating a new youth green jobs program. The program will focus on young people who are unemployed or underemployed. The training will connect them to green careers that tackle pressing environmental challenges. The program is a partnership between:

Boston's youth green jobs program is inspired by the PowerCorpsPHL model. The program allows young people to develop the necessary skills to build careers in green industries. The “earn and learn” model ensures that members are set up to succeed in career pathways. Members go through tailored training phases that provide sector-specific on-the-job training. They will also be able to get relevant credentials in a field of their choosing.

Through this program, we are:

  • hiring an Executive Director who will implement a training program to move young residents into green jobs after program completion, and
  • identifying sector-specific training tracks (for example, urban forestry).

Community partners and nonprofits who would like to engage in this work are welcome.

Request for Proposals for Catalyst Grants

COVID-19 has exacerbated chronic inequities in Boston. For an equitable recovery, the City aims to decrease the negative impacts of climate shocks and public health crises in the future. To do so, we need to adapt the workforce and transportation systems to address the realities of climate change.

In Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), we are providing direct grants to job training programs to support our COVID-19 recovery. This includes:

  • up to $1 million in direct grants to programs that are training and placing individuals in green jobs, and
  • up to $500,000 in direct grants to programs that are training and placing individuals  in mobility jobs.

The Environment Department has partnered with the Transportation Department on this effort.

We launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Catalyst Grants for Green Job and Mobility Job Training. The RFP solicited proposals for training programs that:

  • connect residents to green jobs, or
  • support mobility jobs training.

Grants will be between $50,000 and $250,000 for green jobs training or mobility jobs training. Applicants should submit proposals on the Supplier Portal with all relevant attachments. Proposals are currently under review.

Bidder’s Conference materials:
Date Milestone
September 9, 2021 Grant launch
October 15, 2021 Submission deadline
November 2021 Grants awarded
January 2022 Contracts begin
June 30, 2022 Funds must be awarded and disbursed

Community Advisory Board

We have convened a group of stakeholders to create a Community Advisory Board (CAB) that focused on developing a green jobs initiative driven by community needs and values.

The CAB includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • Training providers: Building Pathways, Codman Square NDC
  • Labor: Greater Boston Labor Council
  • Education: Roxbury Community College, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Nonprofit: Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Business: Boston Building Resources, CERO Cooperative, Eversource, National Grid, TSK Energy Solutions
  • Government partners: Boston Public Schools, MassCEC

Boston’s climate strategy

The City outlined a strategy for workforce development in the 2019 Climate Action Plan Update.

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