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Conservation Corps of Long Beach receives Green Jobs Grant

The Walmart Foundation is committed to supporting job-training programs that address the need for a green job-ready workforce that will put more people back to work.

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The Walmart Foundation presented a $550,000 grant from its Green Jobs Training Initiative to the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB). The grant, presented in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will support local job training and youth employment experience in conservation projects.

“With the Walmart Foundation Green Jobs Training Initiative grant, the Conservation Corps of Long Beach will expand its green job training program and hire at least 20 local at-risk young adults and 2 additional full time supervisors,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster today at a press conference at the Conservation Corps of Long Beach’s recycling center. “This grant will directly result in putting more people to work while supporting the City’s sustainability goals.”

The Walmart Foundation Green Jobs Training Initiative grant will support the following:

  • Hiring at least 20 local at-risk young adults;
  • Hiring two additional full-time supervisors;
  • Weatherizing 30 low-income homes;
  • Installing drought-resistant landscapes for 25 homes;
  • Partnering with a local solar panel installer to clean and maintain solar panels to avoid 30-40% loss in efficiency; and
  • Conducting energy audits and “door side” recycling services to residents of multi-family complexes.

CCLB is partnering with the City of Long Beach and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. Through community outreach, the City will make homeowners, landlords, and property managers aware of the program’s services. The Workforce Investment Network’s employment specialists will connect the graduates to regional green job opportunities.

“The Walmart Foundation is committed to supporting job-training programs that address the need for a green job-ready workforce that will put more people back to work,” said Kimberly Sentovich, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Walmart Stores, Inc. in California. “Mayor Bob Foster’s leadership and his partnership with the Conservation Leadership Corps of Long Beach and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network stand out as a model program that focuses on training marketable job skills that leads to employment and will help build a strong green economy in Long Beach.”

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