About Environment Now
SF Environment not only works to grow the green economy, but also to ensure that San Francisco residents have the skills to access jobs in that economy. Environment Now is a green job training program that helps prepare workers for jobs in the green industry. The program supports soft skills development, workforce readiness, and technical job skills in addition to ecoliteracy and environmental stewardship.
Program participants draw on these skills to conduct environmental outreach activities throughout San Francisco, with an emphasis on neighborhoods in need. Because many Environment Now participants come from these underserved communities, they are able to reach traditionally hard-to-reach audiences and boost community participation in the City’s environmental initiatives. Projects in these neighborhoods range from energy efficiency and recycling to toxics reduction and food security.
Now entering its third year, the program hires graduates of other City-sponsored green job training programs in San Francisco, creating a career pipeline for these workers. Environment Now currently employs 20 trainees.
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.