November 13, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Million Awarded for Community-Based Green Jobs Training in Environmental Justice Communities Across New York

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Governor Announces Additional $1 Million Now Available in New Grants for Urban Environmental Education Centers


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Green Jobs for Youth grants have been awarded to 10 organizations across the state to serve communities that face environmental justice and unemployment challenges. The Governor also announced the Department of Environmental Conservation has released a request for applications for $1 million in new grant funding to support an initiative to promote environmental education through the development of Urban Environmental Education Centers. 

"Investing in New York's underserved communities and supporting green workforce development will help us achieve our clean energy and stormwater management goals, while promoting healthy living and environmental justice," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is dedicated to creating economic opportunity for communities across the state, and by ensuring men, women and children benefit from the growing clean energy economy, we will establish a better, healthier New York for all."   

Funding for New York's green jobs training program was first announced in Governor Cuomo's aggressive environmental justice platform during the 2017 State of the State. The funded training programs include entrepreneurship in urban agriculture, skills needed in green infrastructure, and solar installation trainings.

Green Jobs for Youth Grants were awarded to the following organizations: 

New York City:

  • West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. - $80,000 for the WEACT Worker Training Program providing training in solar installation.
  • St. Nicks Alliance Corp. - $64,500 for the Emerald Initiative providing training in green infrastructure.
  • Sustainable South Bronx - $100,000 for the Capturing the Sun project providing training in solar installation.
  • United Community Centers - $100,000 for the East New York Farms! Youth Program providing training in urban agriculture.

Mid-Hudson Valley:

  • Poughkeepsie Farm Project - $100,000 for the Poughkeepsie Urban Farming Initiative providing training in urban agriculture.

Capital Region:

  • Social Enterprise and Training Center - $100,000 for the SEAT Center Green Initiative providing training in green infrastructure and energy efficiency.

Central New York:

  • Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties Inc. (fiscal sponsor for the Midtown Utica Community Center) - $100,000 for the New American Green Careers Training Program providing training in solar installation.
  • Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments Inc. - $100,000 for the Grow Binghamton Workforce Development Project providing training in urban agriculture.

Western New York

  • Groundwork Buffalo, Inc. - $99,977.00 for the Fresh Food Fellows project providing training in urban agriculture.
  • People United for Sustainable Housing, Inc. - $100,000 for the Environmental Stewardship Youth Training Program providing training in green infrastructure.

The grants were administered by DEC with funds from New York's Environmental Protection Fund, which in 2017, includes a record $8 million for environmental justice programs and projects.

The additional $1 million, announced by the Governor in new grants for Urban Environmental Education Centers, is critical to the state's efforts in combating climate change. The new grant opportunity for Urban Environmental Education Centers, administered by DEC, supports the Governor's environmental justice platform and promotes education. These grants are available for community-based organizations to develop environmental education centers in urban areas to educate residents about their environment, ecology, environmental justice challenges, green technology, and urban environmental sustainability.

The grant opportunity is available on the New York State Grants Gateway. Applications are due February 2, 2018 at 3 p.m.

"The Green Jobs for Youth grants are a new funding opportunity from DEC and support the incredible work of community organizations as they promote green jobs in their neighborhoods," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "These programs will help to ensure that residents of communities facing multiple environmental burdens are ready and able to join New York's green workforce and improve the environments in their communities."  

Senator Tom O'Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, "The Green Jobs for Youth and Urban Environmental Education Center are important initiatives as part of New York State's ongoing and comprehensive strategy to secure a strong position in the clean energy economy."

For more information on the Environmental Justice Grants Program, visit the DEC website at or contact the DEC Office of Environmental Justice at 518-402-8556.

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