Green the Recovery: Expand Green Jobs to Women and Communities of Color

By Debayani Kar Jan 28, 2010

The folks over at are having a contest to gather ‘ideas for change in America.’ Have a good idea? You can submit yours at Over at the Applied Research Center, we came up with the following. Do you agree? Then vote it into the Top 10 at

Did you know white men dominate green occupations across all sectors? Blacks and Latinos comprise less than 30 percent of those employed in green industries and occupations. White women are employed in 5.7 percent of energy sector jobs, Black women employed in only 1.5, and Latino and Asian women are employed at even lower rates. “Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” President Obama said earlier this month, in announcing $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy allocated from the stimulus. But successful green jobs programs must be designed to include equity measures to benefit women and people of color. Applied Research Center has developed a toolkit that provides steps to promote and implement policies to guarantee equity and inclusion.

See the rest of the ‘idea’ at Photo courtesy of Oregon Tradeswomen via Green for All.