Friday, August 19, 2011

DEP Gets Federal Grant to Help Unemployed Camden Residents Land Green Jobs

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TRENTON -- New Jersey is getting a $300,000 federal grant for a green jobs training program in Camden that will target unemployed or underemployed residents for jobs in assessing and cleaning up brownfields and other contaminated sites in their city, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and State Labor Commissioner Harold "Hal'' Wirths announced today.


The grant money is funneled through the DEP's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy (EGGE), which has created a Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment Workforce Creation for Camden County Program that is underwritten by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.


Program partners will choose 72 individuals from Camden for job training that will offer them long-term employment opportunities. Participants will be specially trained in the identification of contaminated sites for sustainable redevelopment, hazard awareness and safety, renewable energy installation and repair, energy efficient buildings, low-impact development, natural stormwater treatment, and habitat rehabilitation.

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Training courses to be offered at Camden County College will begin in January. Interested persons should contact the college's continuing education department at (856) 874-6004.

For information on the DEP's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy, visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/egge/

For information on the State Department of Labor's Green Jobs Program, visit:
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/employer/training/Green_Page.html

For information on EPA Region2 brownfields activities, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region02/brownfields

Just remember Christie, Pequannock has unemployed too!  

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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