Green jobs initiative kicks off

July 22, 2009 4:26:10 PM PDT
A new initiative designed to train Chicagoan's for green jobs of the future kicked off on Wednesday.With the city's first certified organic produce farm as a back-drop, Mayor Daley joined various partners, including Wal-Mart, to announce the "green jobs for all initiative."

The initiative, in part, will help create 650 green jobs for ex-offenders.

"We can bring nature back into the city and basically preserve the environment, improve our public health, save money, create jobs like here and enhance the quality of life and leave a lasting legacy," said Wal-Mart Vice President for Illinois Rolando Rodriguez. "And it really sets the pace in my mind for programs of the future, for city's of the future, on how to look at the green jobs, and it's all about creating those jobs."

The Wal-Mart Foundation provided a $700,000 grant that will be used to support the city's Greencorps program.


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