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Diversity plus sustainability: Green jobs toolkit offers tips

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Think tank releases best practices guide for marrying diversity goals with green job creation.

Depending on how you look at it, upwards of $200 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been dedicated to the creation of so-called "green jobs." But what IS NOT included in all that legislation are guidelines for how to layer various diversity and anti-discrimination laws in with those efforts. That's why the Applied Research Center, a self-described think tank on "racial justice," has created and published what is calling the "Green Equity Toolkit: Standards and Strategies for Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy." (Talk about an all-inclusive title!)

The toolkit is targeted at community organizations and public agencies, and it includes case studies for how some organizations are already proceeding with green-collar job creation -- while keeping race, gender and economic equity in mind.

A link to the toolkit, along with information about a related Webinar being held on Nov. 18, can be found here.

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