Green Collar Work
To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, the solutions we seek must be on the scale of transformation. To prepare for the regional impacts of climate change such as urban heat and intense flooding we must take practical steps to build resilience in our neighborhoods, natural resources and infrastructure. To take these critical actions on the ground in the next decades, we need real people who are trained in new techniques of green building, clean vehicle maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping, and many other important budding fields. Read Executive Ron Sims' blog on green collar work in celebration of "A Dream Reborn" and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our King County Climate Team has partnered with our King County Equity and Social Justice Team - not only to look at how climate change impacts poor and vulnerable populations, who are the most affected - but also, even more hopefully, to take on this challenge of educating, empowering and facilitating the transition of these communities to success in the new green professions. We want to make sure that these individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by climate change have full access and ability to get, keep and thrive in the long-term, family wage green work that can transform their lives, their families and their communities, and protect the health of our planet. Read more about the county's green collar work goals in the Equity and Social Justice Report or the 2007 King County Climate Report.
The following King County programs are working to provide green work education and employment opportunities for people who need them most: