Vancouver, like any other large urban city, has social issues such as poverty, homelessness, and underemployment. It also shares the global concern of a healthy environmental future and exhibits aspirations for a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable community.
Greening the Inner City is a movement that seeks to address both of these issues by recognizing that all residents have an interest in making our community healthy and livable. Until now, the environmental movement has been limited to those who can afford it; organic food, hybrid cars, and renewable energy all come at a premium. Yet emerging environmental justice movements across Canada and around the world are beginning to include people from all socio-economic backgrounds; providing employment and support for those who need it most, while developing initiatives to clean cities, support growth of green and sustainable businesses, and provide a better future for our children.
The green economy, green jobs, and green businesses can create new employment opportunities for inner city residents. These jobs are meaningful and fulfilling, provide dignity and a sense of accomplishment, and allow all of Vancouver’s residents to participate in our greener and healthier future. There is significant opportunity for Building Opportunities for Business (BOB) to play a role in this process; employee support and training, business development and access to resources, and as a facilitator of the ‘green jobs’ movement in the inner-city.
Building Opportunities for Business (BOB)
January - June 2009
Green Jobs In The Inner City: Research Report 2009