On Tuesday, June 27, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will convene a public roundtable on Creating a Sustainable Green Workforce in the District.
The roundtable will be held at Anacostia High School, where invited government and expert witnesses will join Councilmember Charles Allen for a conversation on how the District can better prepare residents, including young people and residents facing employment barriers, to take part in the growing green economy.
With rapid growth in the market demand for jobs in the emerging green economy, many employers have found it difficult to find enough qualified workers to meet the demand. Creating a skilled workforce to meet these demands helps provide residents with well-paying and stable jobs, particularly in the design, construction, and operations of energy efficient homes and buildings, as well as supporting shifts to electrification in our transportation sector.
“With billions in federal funding and private investment rapidly transforming so many different parts of our infrastructure, an entire new green economy is springing up inside the District. We expect to see the government and private industry making massive investments into install solar and battery storage, electrify our residential and transportation sectors, and so much more,” said Councilmember Charles Allen. “It won’t happen by accident if we can put DC residents into the new jobs that will come from those investments, like electricians, plumbers, and maintenance technicians. We’re having this conversation at Anacostia High School to highlight the school’s partnerships with DOEE and UDC and the need to increase investments that will open the door to new, promising careers.”
Members of the press are welcome to attend in-person or follow along online – please RSVP to Erik Salmi ([email protected]) if your outlet would like to attend in-person.
What: Public roundtable on Creating a Sustainable Green Workforce in the District
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 11 am
Where: Anacostia High School + Virtual Roundtable Available on Zoom and Live on Councilmember Allen’s Facebook Page
Who: Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment
Richard Jackson, Acting Director, Department of Energy and Environment
Korey Gray, Vice President of Contract Compliance and Business Development, DC Water
Ernest Jolly, Managing Director, DC Sustainable Energy Utility