Building the Clean Energy Workforce in Illinois

SEDAC is partnering with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and other Illinois public universities to develop and launch workforce training programs for clean energy jobs. These workforce programs are part of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, signed into law by Governor Pritzker.

The goal is to create thousands of new jobs and build healthier, more equitable communities across Illinois.

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Who will Benefit?

Underinvested communities--often communities of color--are the first to suffer negative consequences of pollution but the last to reap the health and economic benefits of a clean energy future. As we move forward on the path to a 100% carbon-free future, it's critical that these same communities reap the benefits of both cleaner and and good-paying jobs.

CEJA invests over $80 million every year into developing a thriving clean energy workforce, with Black and Brown communities at the forefront. By prioritizing Illinoisans historically shut out of the clean energy economy, we can cultivate an equitable workforce that brings everyone along.

The programs will target residents of Environmental Justice communities or Restore, Reinvest, Renew (R3) Areas.

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