Middle Green (Riverbend, Nelson Side Channel, Bicentennial Park, Minkler Shops)
Lower Duwamish (Pt. Rediscovery, 8th Ave, Southern / Rose and Orcas Green Streets)
Throughout mainstem Duwamish
Grant funding will help support the operation of our Green Job Training Program and provide additional support to our riparian re-vegetation project in Tukwila, in which we are partnering with the Green River Coalition through CWM ReGreen 2019 and 2020 Grants.
Over a course of two, six week sessions, our program will train twenty participants in the fields of urban forestry, green stormwater infrastructure, and ecological restoration through a combination of classroom and hands-on field training. The goal of our program is to introduce people from underserved communities to accessible green career pathways.
Leveraged funding will support two rounds of community outreach and recruitment, twelve weeks of training over two sessions, development of current trainees to become crew leaders/instructors, and curriculum development to continue improving and adapting the program to be relevant for the communities we serve. DIRT currently maintains multiple green stormwater infrastructure facilities in South Seattle and ecological restoration projects on tributaries or main-stem sites along the Green-Duwamish River.
These Duwamish Valley centered projects become our teaching sites and further opportunities for advanced skill building. Our training program teaches community members to become stewards of their environment while providing employable job skills. Shared regional goals of environmental stewardship, workforce development, community resilience, and economic equity create important societal linkages while also serving goals of increased water quality benefits through riparian restoration; direct maintenance of stormwater facilities; and increasing the number of skilled people needed to design, install, and maintain these projects.