Abstract: Session H 4:10 pm (Back to Session H)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices in Green Infrastructure Training Program
Latin American Youth Center
Authors: Adam Angel, MSW, LICSW and Faith McNeill
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is needed in the stream restoration sector, paralleling other areas of the environmental field. Job growth in the stream restoration sector is projected to grow in the coming years as municipalities recognize its importance in solving challenges brought on due to climate change. The lack of a ready and able entry level workforce is regularly discussed in the industry, including questions of how to recruit, support and train individuals so that they are prepared for stormwater management work and maintain their interest in the field. Inclusive practices used at the Latin American Youth Center’s River Corps training program are offered as a model to meet these goals with additional recommendations for hiring employers to improve retention. Suggestions for municipalities and industries to support creating or expanding similar training opportunities with reasoning from both an economics and equity lens are also discussed.