Green Jobs

Preparing Students, Strengthening Communities: A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College

This guide from COWS and the American Association of Community Colleges SEED Center puts skills and training at the center of a broader conversation on climate resiliency, community health and economic inclusiveness.

Long a leading force in workforce development innovation, COWS has established itself as a key contributor on the connections between those innovations and the green economy. Explicitly citing our work on green jobs, Philanthropedia (a division of GuideStar USA) ranked COWS among the top sixteen national nonprofit organizations in workforce development.


Our groundbreaking reports Greener Pathways, Greener Skills, and Greener Reality have established COWS as a national thought leader on the innovation and reform required to build shared prosperity into an emerging green economy and greater resilience for the communities most vulnerable to climate change.



We combine a deep understanding of labor markets, workforce systems, and low-income communities with a longstanding commitment to clean energy, job quality, and equitable economic development. A co-founder of the Apollo Alliance and the Emerald Cities Collaborative, COWS brokers transformative conversations between community, labor, business, education, and government leaders. We argue that all jobs can and should be greener, that developing a more functional education and training system is a critical component of the social contract, and that shared opportunity and transparent governance are prerequisites for truly sustainable development.


This page highlights COWS key contributions connecting the greening of the economy with the improvement of training in it. Many projects at COWS build environmental sustainability and propose transformation of human capital systems.