ASU advances to develop a Quality Green Jobs Agenda for Arizona

The ASU College of Global Futures has been selected among 10 local partners to advance in JFF’s regional challenge to develop training strategies for placing workers in quality green jobs. Regions play a unique role fostering solutions at the intersection of climate and workforce development.  As a semifinalist, we’re developing a regional Quality Green Jobs Agenda that’s detailing our strategies for training people and placing them in quality green jobs. ​

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Quality Green Jobs Regional Challenge grantees are supported in partnership with Ares Charitable Foundation’s Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) initiative.​

About Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST)​​

Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) is a five-year, $25 million career preparation and reskilling initiative of the Ares Foundation that aims to close the gap between the demand for a skilled workforce for green jobs and the number of people prepared for these opportunities.

About Jobs for the Future (JFF)​​

JFF drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.


Climate change is causing shifts to the economy across all industries, creating a need for new jobs that require workers with new skills and capabilities. JFF is committed to supporting learners and workers to access and advance in quality green jobs through workforce development and upskilling solutions. By targeting opportunities for people who face systemic barriers to advancement, JFF will address both climate risk and equity to build a green, resilient and inclusive economy for all. To learn more, please visit ​

About Quality Green Jobs

JFF believes that all jobs, spanning all industries, have the potential to become green through the transformation of green skills to shape accessible and quality green jobs. Green skills are traditionally understood as the knowledge, competencies, and abilities necessary to engage in job tasks focused on climate mitigation efforts. JFF defines quality green jobs as jobs that provide a living wage and benefits, as well as stability, flexibility, autonomy, and equitable economic advancement, with particular attention to women of all backgrounds, people of color, and individuals with disabilities who remain consistently underrepresented in the green job economy. Learn more:​

About the Quality Green Jobs Regional Challenge​​

The Quality Green Jobs Regional Challenge is a multiyear CREST initiative led by JFF that will directly invest nearly $5 million in U.S. communities to develop regional quality green job strategies.

Key Goals of the Challenge

• Offer green job training and placement in quality jobs to 25,000 individuals in diverse regions across the United States and U.S. Territories ​​
• Pilot strategies intended to disrupt occupational segregation in the green economy with a focus on racial, gender, and systemic inequities ​
• Help 100,000 people gain a deeper understanding of regional climate-related challenges and opportunities in the labor market 

Interested in Collaborating?

ASU's College of Global Futures is bringing together a diverse group of partners and collaborators in order to achieve this large undertaking. Do you know an organization that can contribute? Reach out to [email protected].