Green Workforce Academy


April 12, 2021

Portland, OR


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Communities of color experience outsized impacts from environmental pollution and the daily realities of climate change. These frontline communities — especially Portland’s Black and Native communities — also experience high rates of unemployment and inequitable access to living-wage jobs in the green sector. Yet, these are the voices we need at the center of environmental justice and climate work.
We don’t need to look further than our own backyard — Portland, Oregon — for evidence of these inequities reported through research and lived experience. And ongoing gentrification in metropolitan areas like ours is exacerbating the issue. At the same time, growth is creating significant demand for new infrastructure that minimizes environmental impacts and ensures climate resilience.
Green Workforce Academy
Ecotrust has joined with a powerful collective of partners — The Blueprint Foundation, Native American Youth and Family Center, Self Enhancement, Inc., and Wisdom of the Elders — to design and launch a five-week paid workforce readiness and environmental literacy program. The Green Workforce Academy is for Portland area adults to gain access to jobs, apprenticeships, and educational opportunities in the growing Portland green jobs market.
We meet Monday–Thursday, 9am–3pm with 2 classroom days and 2 field days each week (transportation and lunch provided). In response to Oregon Health Authority and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19, we limit class size, maximize our time outdoors, provide masks and other relevant PPE to students and teachers, and have in place a full COVID-19 protocol in case of exposure or illness.
2021 Academy Schedule
Session 1: May 3-June 4 (apply by April 26)
Session 2: June 28-July 30 (apply by June 21)
Session 3: August 23-September 24 (apply by August 16)
Apply now
2021 Online Info Session
Thursday, April 8, 5:30-6:30pm
Learn about the Academy, ask questions, and meet Academy instructors Teresa Gaddy and Derron Coles
Event info here
The Green Workforce Academy curriculum is culturally responsive to Black and Native American communities, who experience the highest unemployment rates and lowest labor force participation of all racial or ethnic groups in the area, and all are welcome to apply. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED/TASC. The curriculum is based on the nationally recognized Roots of Success workforce readiness program.
Learn more about the Green Workforce Academy here or email the GWA Program Manager Teresa Gaddy at

For more information on upcoming Academy sessions, being a part of the Collaborative, or to share Green Workforce employment opportunities, contact Teresa Gaddy at

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