EPA and Other Federal Agency Resources
EPA Brownfields Job Training Program
This EPA program fosters workforce development in brownfields communities. The program produces the skilled environmental technicians needed to clean up brownfields, creating jobs and spurring local economic development. Through the Brownfields Job Training Program, EPA promotes workforce development and job training as critical links between environmental cleanup and safe and sustainable community redevelopment.
EPA Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)
OEJ coordinates EPA’s efforts to integrate environmental justice into all policies, programs and activities. OEJ also provides information and technical and financial resources to assist communities and enable EPA to meet its Environmental Justice (EJ) goals and objectives. EPA's goal is to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making processes that maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work.
EPA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
The mission of EPA's OSDBU is to maintain and increase the level of small, women and minority business participation in procurements, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and other business-related opportunities generated by EPA. OSDBU also serves as an advocate and information resource for small, minority and women-owned business communities that seek guidance regarding business opportunities.
EPA Technical Assistance Services for Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program (PDF) (4 pp, 438K, About PDF)
EPA’s TAB program helps guide communities through the cleanup and redevelopment process at brownfields. TAB grants provide technical assistance and training to communities and other stakeholders on brownfields issues, with the goal of increasing community understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup and revitalization.
EPA Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) Contract
TASC provides educational and technical assistance to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) programs. TASC provides services in all EPA Regions.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Step-Up Program (Step-Up)
Step-Up is a strategy initiated by HUD in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor in 1992 to assist low-income persons to obtain job training, career employment and economic self-sufficiency. Step-Up combines the tradition of formal apprenticeship with preparatory educational and life skills training and support services.
U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program
The Weed and Seed strategy is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative which began in 1991 that provides communities with resources to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in high-crime neighborhoods across the country.
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor covers a wide variety of workplace activities for nearly 10 million employers and over 100 million workers, including protecting workers' wages, health and safety, and employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free-collective bargaining; and analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service delivers vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. VR&E services include rehabilitation evaluations, vocational counseling, employment services, training and supportive rehabilitation services.
Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) Program
The purpose of the initiative is to create jobs and business opportunities in the most economically-distressed areas of inner cities and the rural heartland. The EZ/EC effort provides tax incentives and performance grants and loans to create jobs and expand business opportunities.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS was given major responsibility for initiating a training grants program under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). The primary objective of the program is to fund non-profit organizations with a demonstrated track record of providing occupational safety and health education in developing and delivering high-quality trainings to workers involved in handling hazardous waste or in emergency responses to releases of hazardous materials.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The mission of OSHA is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. To accomplish this, federal and state governments must work in partnership with the more than 100 million working men and women and their six and a half million employers in the United States who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.