How the Green Revolution Can Help You Find Work

Candidates will need patience, retraining, and a willingness to accept the risks of an evolving sector.

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"Some of [the workers placed by the Center] were working in blue-collar industries," Mello says. "A lot of folks come to us with a broad labor experience. We service anyone in Baltimore who is unemployed or underemployed."

Mello says workers placed by the center primarily work in the cleanup of brownfields, or cites the Environmental Protection Agency defines as "a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." They also work in other structures that contain potentially dangerous substances like asbestos.

But Mello says the job market, as well as the number of workers looking to be placed in green jobs, is evolving and growing quickly. "In the first two years of the Brownfield training program, we only trained 40 workers per year. Now we train 80," Mello says. "The residential energy efficiency market is one that's doing well in Baltimore so we're looking to train for that."