Investment in Blue-Green Jobs
It also includes jobs in parks and recreation departments supporting conservation, natural areas management, resilient design, and conservation education. In general, blue-green jobs are "high road" jobs, meaning they are more likely to pay above the minimum wage, have health insurance, provide opportunities for career growth, and have higher standards for workforce conditions.
Through our survey:
The County has a strong foundation for creating economic opportunity for young people in the emerging resilience economy. The County can expand on our park-based youth development program, Fit2Lead, as we make significant investments to expand the urban tree canopy and other nature-based infrastructure as part of the County's strategies to mitigate extreme heat.
Thrive305 outreach elevated strong public support for youth and workforce development opportunities focused on tree planting and blue-green jobs. During Civic Week, we heard from residents about the health threats from extreme heat to older adults, the disability community, and lower income populations, all of whom are disproportionately exposed to the heat because of their dependence on public transit.
During the Action Plan Workshops, there was strong consensus around setting a bold goal for urban greening: achieve 30% overall tree canopy countywide by 2030, and prioritizing areas that are currently well below our current countywide average of 19%. Consensus emerged that the County can be proactive about our resilience challenges and approach them as opportunities for job creation.