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Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson


The mission of the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville-Davidson County is to create family-supporting career-track jobs that directly contribute to preserving or enhancing environmental quality. We focus on creating recruitment and training opportunities for people with barriers to employment, such as lack of job skills, lack of education, language/cultural barriers or history in the juvenile/criminal justice system. We seek to fight poverty and pollution simultaneously by connecting the people who need work the most to the work that most needs doing and thus providing green pathways out of poverty.

The Green-Collar Jobs Task Force is bringing together government, educational institutions, green businesses, labor, workforce development entities and community groups to create a Green Jobs Corps in Nashville and Tennessee that will help people with barriers to employment find good jobs in the emerging green economy.

The Task Force is affiliated with Green for All, the national organization that helped to jumpstart the green-collar jobs movement in the USA. We have also been influenced by Apollo Alliance and their ten-point plan for energy independence. PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by "Lifting Up What Works," will be coming to Nashville to help facilitate the Compass VI Conference on Green Jobs on Dec. 4-5, 2009.

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Task Force Accomplishments

  • Founded December 2008
  • Held two face-to-face meetings with Metro Nashville's Sustainability team, Charlie Williams (Assistant Economic Development Director), Hershel Warren (special assistant to the Mayor) and others
  • Created proposal for a Green Jobs Corps in Nashville that spelled out in detail how the Corps would work, who the partners would be and that identified 25 federal stimulus funding sources.
  • Passed a resolution in Metro Council by 35 votes (we only needed 21) in support of a Green Jobs Corps in Nashville. Our primary sponsors were Councilman Erik Cole and Councilwoman Erica Gilmore.
  • Held face-to-face meeting with Governor Phil Bredesen along with NAACP State Director, Ms. Gloria Sweetlove on April 21, 2009.
  • Received the endorsement of the Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP Statewide Conference for a statewide Green Jobs Corps
  • Received the endorsement and/or support for a Green Jobs Corps from the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the AFL/CIO, Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Tennessee State University, the Poverty Commission of Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean's Green Ribbon Commission, the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee
  • Received the endorsement of the following groups for the ARRA Pathways out of Poverty grant: Tennessee Tech at Nashville, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Career Advancement Center and the AFL/CIO.
  • Met with officials from Nashville Electric Service, Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority, Tennessee Department of Labor and Statistics, Rep. Brenda Gilmore, the Middle Tennessee Legislative delegation, the Green Building Council of Middle Tennessee and the Institute for Sustainability at David Lipscomb University.
  • Met with grassroots groups in Clarksville, Memphis, Jackson and other areas. Met with Save Our Cumberland Mountains.
  • Held a community meeting on Green Jobs at 15th Avenue Baptist Church in North Nashville
  • Dr. Sekou Franklin and TAP Coordinator Nell Levin appeared on Earth Revolution TV show. (Link to YouTube video
  • Organized Green for All press conference in Nashville about the release of their Green Prosperity report
  • Held a well-attended Green Jobs Corps press conference in Nashville on July 2, 2009. (Link WKRN Channel 2 story) ( Link to YouTube video)
  • Held a rally on Metro Nashville Courthouse steps in support of Green Jobs Corps resolution on July 21.
  • Held a Green Jobs Mixer at a local club on July 24
  • Started conversation with the national group, Apollo Alliance, about becoming a Nashville/Tennessee affiliate.
  • Sent representatives to the Goods Jobs First meeting in Atlanta on April 30, 2009.
  • Create a Task Force brochure and a website:
  • Circulate a petition for a Green Jobs Corps. Have gathered over 1,000 signatures so far. Will eventually present the petition to Gov. Bredesen.
  • Green for All posted a story about the Task Force on their website


Some downloadable documents

Green Jobs Corps petition (link)(pdf)

Green Jobs brochure (pdf)

Task Force fact pamphlet (doc)

Green Collar Jobs proposal (doc)

Green Jobs Corps Metro Council Resolution (doc)



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