Environment Now is a green careers program that helps prepare workers for jobs in the environmental field. SF Environment not only works to grow the green economy, but also to ensure that San Francisco residents have the skills to access jobs in that economy. The program supports:
- Soft skills development
- Workforce readiness
- Technical job skills
- Ecoliteracy and environmental stewardship
Program participants draw on these skills to conduct environmental outreach activities throughout San Francisco, with an emphasis on neighborhoods in need. Because many Environment Now participants come from these underserved communities, they are able to reach traditionally hard-to-reach audiences and boost community participation in the City’s environmental initiatives. Projects in these neighborhoods range from energy efficiency and recycling to toxics reduction and food security.
Now entering its fourth year, the program hires graduates of green job training programs in San Francisco, creating a career pipeline for these workers. Environment Now currently employs 20 trainees.