Lending support & critical information for hurricane recovery

Supporting economic stability in minority youth post disaster through job training for environmental jobs

Patrick A. B. Barnes, P.G., Limitless Vistas, Inc / BFA Environmental


Innovation and Description: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training – Conservation Corps

Entry-Level Environmental Technician and Ecosystem Recovery/Restoration job skills training

Other Participants:

CRCL, LUMCON, The Nature Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Parks Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, AmeriCorps, EPA, Oxfam, Urban League to name a few

Primary Disaster Justice Benefits:

Local capacity building for a non-traditional and more diverse workforce.

Secondary Disaster Justice Benefits:

Broader environmental sensitivity and awareness of the benefits we derive from the ecosystem especially in light of new and more servier system impacts due to climate change.

Would you recommend others (disaster survivors, disaster-impacted communities) learn more about the activity, project or program to consider adoption of a similar one?

Yes, the most effective means of sustained community engagement is through employment. It’s absolutely critical that residents of vulnerable communities be trained to participate in post disaster recovery efforts.

What refinements additional to the ones you have implemented would you recommend others consider if they wish to adopt the activity, project or program?

Pursue local municipal and state based policy changes to mandate aggressive local grassroots, prepositioned disaster recovery certified training programs, perhaps based at community colleges.