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‘Clean Up To Green Up’: Building a Clean Energy Workforce and a Brighter Future in Detroit

‘Clean Up To Green Up’: Building a Clean Energy Workforce and a Brighter Future in Detroit

The Green Door Initiative is using federal investments from President Joe Biden's Justice40 Initiative and the Inflation Reduction Act to ensure that all people—regardless of race, income, or ZIP code—have access to good jobs and live in safe and healthy communities.

Industrial facilities are most often located in or near Black, Latino, Indigenous, and low-income communities, exposing residents to disproportionately high levels of pollution, public health risks, and hazardous working conditions. Donele Wilkins created the Green Door Initiative after realizing the impact of these inequities in her community in Detroit. This organization aims to revitalize neighborhoods and ensure that everyone is environmentally literate and capable of participating in the clean energy economy—living out and promoting a sustainable lifestyle regardless of ZIP code, income, and race.

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It’s time to build a 100 percent clean future, deliver on environmental justice, and empower workers to compete in the global clean energy economy.

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