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Workforce development goes green at nonprofit Green Door Initiative

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Axios Detroit reported on the Green Door Initiative, a Detroit-based nonprofit led by Donele Wilkins, addressing environmental justice and workforce development. With a focus on combating environmental racism and fostering equitable workforce development, the organization offers a free 12-week course providing training and certifications for environmentally-focused jobs such as contamination clean-up, weatherization, and hazmat auditing. The program, boasting a 92% job placement rate and an average hourly wage of $22, has trained 1,500 individuals, including those returning from incarceration. Additionally, Green Door runs a "citizen scientist" program for young people and collaborates with the city on solar field and Motor City to Solar City projects to promote sustainability and solar energy use in neighborhoods. The initiative plans to build a renewable energy hub in the Russell Street-State Fair neighborhood and has partnerships with various entities, including the University of Michigan, the EPA, and the Gilbert Family Foundation.

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