Cleaning our Water and Creating Jobs

Authors: Emily Gordon On a sunny day in Oakland last week, Green for All pulled together thirty water experts from around the country to share ideas on how we can create jobs while addressing one of our nation's most serious environmental problems-our crumbling stormwater infrastructure, responsible for water pollution and scarcity. The meeting of the Stormwater Infrastructure Working Group was the first time Green for All has convened a "community of practice" in the water sector. At the meeting, America's water leaders grappled with issues such as:

  • How to build public support for water and green infrastructure projects
  • How to create jobs and economic opportunity in stormwater projects
  • Creative financing models for stormwater projects
  • Building a high-road model for green infrastructure that will create pathways to middle class jobs for the people who need them most.

In addition, participants shared their knowledge and resources—including jobs reports, finance recommendations, and messaging guidelines—all with the goal of finding solutions to one of our biggest water problems—and putting people to work in the process. We're looking forward to further supporting the working group to create quality, green jobs in the water sector. Stay tuned!

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