King County Washington’s Green Jobs Ordinance reveals that women and BIPOC communities are often excluded from well-paying green jobs. To address this, King County, the City of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle are partnering with FUSE to create a strategic plan promoting green jobs and equitable access to green careers. This collaboration will foster alignment between the three entities’ green job strategies, develop a funding plan, and launch a platform for regional stakeholders to collectively advance their green employment agenda. The goal is to transition the region to a climate-resilient, low-carbon economy with inclusive, climate-positive employment opportunities.
Starting in February 2023, FUSE Executive Fellow Marquise Roberson will build relationships with green employment stakeholders, including governments, community-based organizations, and the private sector. He will study the strengths, opportunities, gaps, and constraints for creating green jobs and facilitating access for frontline and BIPOC communities. Marquise will collaborate with King County, the City of Seattle, and Port of Seattle stakeholders to develop a strategic plan promoting green jobs and equitable access to green careers. He will also create a funding plan to address resource gaps. Lastly, Marquise will design and launch a collective action platform for various entities to collaborate on advancing the regional green employment agenda, focusing on middle-skill workers and eliminating barriers for BIPOC and frontline communities.