The Business and Professional Women's Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the Wal-Mart Foundation have announced a new initiative, Moving from Red to Green: Working Women in the Green Economy, designed to help connect women to the burgeoning green economy.
As part of the effort, the BPW Foundation will establish a pilot program and award capacity-building grants of $60,000 to four local job-training organizations. Working in partnership, the two organizations will also work to increase gender diversity in the workplace, expand the workforce of trained "green" professionals, and help improve the lives and careers of women by readying them for the green-job market.
"Women are underrepresented in 'green' and 'greener' sector jobs, and we are focusing our efforts to make sure women are trained, recruited, and retained for the sustainable jobs of the future," said BPW Foundation chair Roslyn Ridgeway. "Green jobs often pay more, so supporting women's entry into this sector will improve women's wages and improve the lives of families and communities."