Earth Day: Why Green is Your Color

by Sara Manzano-Diaz on April 20, 2012 · 6 comments

Each April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. Since 1970, people have used this day to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection.  

Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz holds the Green Guide with Donele Wilkins, Former Executive Director, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.

At the Women’s Bureau, we’re doing our part to address this global issue by helping women understand and prepare for jobs in the clean energy economy.  In 2009, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis convened more than 35 women leaders, along with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to explore women’s roles in the greening of America.  In support of the Secretary Solis’ vision of Good Jobs for Everyone, the Women’s Bureau made it a top priority to promote women in innovative, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and other non-traditional high paying jobs.

Our efforts began with a series of 30 Women and Green Jobs roundtables throughout the country with business and community leaders. The insight gained from these roundtables was used in the creation of “Why Green is Your Color: A Women’s Guide to a Sustainable Career, which is designed to help women learn about the range of in-demand and emerging jobs, as well as job training opportunities and career development tools, in the clean energy economy. It also serves as a resource for workforce development professionals, training providers, educators, career counselors and women’s advocacy organizations. In addition, we recently launched an interactive Web-based training component for the Guide.  

The Women's Bureau recently launched an interactive Web-based training component for the Guide.

We also thought about “saving trees” in the process by placing our new curriculum, posters, post cards and training resources on our website as well as on a colorful green flash drive bracelet.  These flash drives are just one more way we are showing our commitment to Earth Day.

Throughout the country, teachers, counselors and One Stop Career Centers are being trained on how to best use these new tools to ensure that women have the skills, training and support to be successful.  I encourage you to contact our office to learn how you can be more involved by displaying our “Women in Green Jobs” poster series, hosting a training session and making the Guide a key resource in your work setting.

From a soil scientist to an entrepreneur who manufactures organic cloth diapers, or a solar installer and a retrofit engineer, the women featured in the Guide have already found success and meaningful careers in the green economy.  On Earth Day, we celebrate these women and the many others who are making a visible difference. 

Earth Day reminds us of what we all must do to build a clean energy economy for future generations. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?

Sara Manzano-Díaz is Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 GJ April 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I do not celebrate Earth Day. I think, every day is a Earth Day. Every day we should think about our planet’s and children’s future. It’s a shame, US aren’t in the Kyoto-Protocol, like Germany for example.

2 Majed El Zein April 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Nice

3 Majed El Zein April 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

good

4 Gold and silver April 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

Now a days Earth day is very essential. You are working very good. I’m happy to know that you are not only helping the women , you are also helping the whole world by women empowerment with train them about nature work.This is very nice. I appreciate it and wish you best of luck.

5 N. Roberson April 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

EARTHLY ENVIRONMENTS IN CHALLENGING COMMUNITIES AND CIRCUMSTANCES
As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, it is great to see programs like this reaching out to the masses of women to impact the Earth on a day designated for this get the word out agenda. This is one of my many areas of interest, improving cultures and communities one at a time beginning with the most vulnerable and broken. It is our duty to leave no one behind and no community in distress starting with the improvement of the community lifestyle. Busyness for America, Inc. is a veteran woman owned nonprofit building website, and would appreciate your support in getting traffic once we are at the mark and ready to move to the accelerated level in our “Improving Earthly Environments” given the most challenging communities and circumstances soliciting the expertise and attention to detail of women.

6 A Cover April 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

I didn’t celebrate the day. But hope to do something in next.

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