Praise EPA for Training Unemployed People to Help the Environment


Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Praise EPA program that trains unemployed people to work environmental jobs

Since 1998, the EPA has awarded annual job training grants to organizations throughout the country to provide thousands of unemployed individuals with the skills they need to get good jobs in various environmental fields. Praise the EPA for recently granting nearly $4 million to simultaneously help the unemployed and the environment.

According to the EPA’s website, its Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program grants funds to “programs in local nonprofit organizations…that provide unemployed…individuals with the comprehensive skills and certifications needed to enter full-time careers in the environmental field.” Some of the environmental fields these individuals are trained to work in are: recycling, solar panel installation, oil spill cleanup, storm-water management, and waste-water treatment.

The best thing about the EWDJT, however, is that it strives to train individuals living in economically disadvantaged or heavily polluted areas. What this means is that communities awarded EWDJT funds are granted the opportunity to create small, skilled workforces consisting of local individuals (instead of outside professionals) that can work to clean up their neighborhoods. These EWDJT communities therefore become economically and environmentally enriched by the EPA’s monetary grants.

Sign the petition below to let EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy know that you appreciate her management of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program and to encourage her to try and expand this program as much as possible.


Dear Ms. McCarthy,

I was happy to see that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently granted nearly $4 million through its Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program to train unemployed and underemployed individuals to earn good paying green jobs. Thanks to your work, thousands of individuals will now have the opportunity to earn skills to work in important environmental fields like recycling, solar panel installation and waste-water treatment. The best part, however, is that these individuals will be able to work within their own communities, enriching these neighborhoods both economically and environmentally.

Thank you for your work managing the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. It continues to help many struggling individuals better their lives and our nation’s overall environment. As it is so beneficial, please strive to expand this program as much as possible.


[Your Name Here]

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