Good, Green, Safe Jobs

Green Jobs sign displayed Worker Training on Green Buildings and Green Chemistry

Using supplemental funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), LOSH is developing new worker training on health and safety hazards and benefits related to green buildings and green chemistry. The green building training will enable workers to identify and respond to potential hazards in green construction and retrofit jobs. The green chemistry courses focus on identifying chemical hazards and safer alternatives and controlling exposure. LOSH plans to carry out this training through building trades apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, local work source centers, and with workers in a variety of industries who handle chemicals as part of their jobs.

LOSH is collaborating with partners at the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety to develop these new green curricula and carry out training throughout the West coast.

Community Scholars 2009

In 2009, the Los Angeles City Council passed a groundbreaking green building retrofit Ordinance and established a workforce development program. Led by LOSH with the UCLA Labor Center, the 2009 Community Scholars program brought together graduate students, labor and community leaders to create recommendations to implement the Ordinance.

In collaboration with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, a research and policy brief – Good, Green, Safe Jobs: The Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Program – was developed.

LOSH worked with the LA Apollo Alliance to focus on three areas of sustainability the environment, health, and the economy – with the goal of revitalizing LA’s underserved communities. For information about the class, City Hall briefing, community conference, and Community Scholars report follow the links on this page both above and below:

Green Jobs Conference: "Working in Unity, Greening Our Communities" Implementing L.A.'s New Green Retrofit & Workforce Development Program

At this August 2009 conference, students in the Community Scholars class presented a preliminary report entitled “Roadmap to Retrofits”, describing the origins of the ordinance and giving detailed analysis regarding next steps.

Community Scholars 2009 Class Report

This report explores ways to effectively implement the Ordinance to enhance the environment, support community economic development and promote the health and wellbeing of workers and building users.