Underserved populations in the Baltimore area have reason to celebrate today. Civic Works has received just over $1 million in grant funding to expand its B’more Green program, which provides green jobs training to under- and unemployed citizens in underserved Baltimore communities. The training programs focus on brownfield remediation, hazard abatement, energy efficiency upgrades, and environmental demolition.

Civic Works received a $532,319 grant from the Foundation for an Open Society and a second grant of $524,023 came from the Maryland Department of Human Resources. The funds will help the program move into a new facility, which will allow it to meet the job training needs of even more area residents. The new facility, the Baltimore Center for Green Careers, is a 12,000 square-foot space in Moravia Business Park.

The grants will also provide training to 44 Baltimore residents who are at least 18 years of age and have significant barriers to employment. Twenty-four of these workers will be trained as energy retrofit installers and 20 will be trained as environmental field technicians and abatement workers. Upon successful completion of their training programs, the graduates will be placed in an entry-level position with an expected salary of $12 to $16 per hour. This is a good start for a new green career.