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Record No: Res 31712    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/3/2016
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION endorsing community principles for green jobs, requesting that the Interdepartmental Team on Workforce Entry and Employment Pathways incorporate strategies to advance green careers for people of color and other marginalized or under-represented groups, supporting sustainable entrepreneurship and economic cooperative models.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold, Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION _________________

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A RESOLUTION endorsing community principles for green jobs, requesting that the Interdepartmental Team on Workforce Entry and Employment Pathways incorporate strategies to advance green careers for people of color and other marginalized or under-represented groups, supporting sustainable entrepreneurship and economic cooperative models.
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WHEREAS, the Environmental Justice, Jobs, and Education: Seattle's Young Adults Speak Out report published by Got Green finds that young people, particularly low-income young people of color, hold deep environmental values; and
WHEREAS, in Seattle youth unemployment still tops 13 percent, disproportionately impacting young people of color and those from low-income communities; and
WHEREAS, in July 2016, the City of Seattle developed a Workforce Equity Action Plan based on the Workforce Equity Strategic Plan to guide and prioritize steps to creating a more equitable workforce; and
WHEREAS, the Action Plan identifies a specific workforce equity platform and workforce investment strategies that are focused on increasing equity and, among other goals, streamlining access and coordinated recruitment for entry-level employment and promotional pathways within the City of Seattle workforce; and
WHEREAS, a critical strategy in this Workforce Equity Action Plan is to improve recruitment, support and advancement of entry-level workers through the City's workforce investments including a specific focus on the City of Seattle's Youth Employment Program, internships, apprenticeships and investments in job training programs; and
WHEREAS, the University of Michigan's Green 2.0 report identifies a "Green Ceiling," in the environmental field where, nationally, people of color hold no more than 16% of positions in the studied environmental organizations, agencies, and foundations, additionally stating: "Once hired in environmental organizations, ethnic minorities are concentrated in the lo...

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