Our Impact

Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC) has pioneered a three-part model of workforce development, social enterprise and high-road business development for building an inclusive and equitable green economy.

Our 3-Part Model

#1

Workforce Development

BCGC’s workforce development component provides participants with the hard and soft skills training to succeed in family-sustaining careers. It has two career tracks: brownfields remediation and residential energy efficiency.

#2

Social Enterprise

BCGC’s social enterprise component provides on-the-job training opportunities for each energy retrofit student and functions as a model for inclusive hiring and employment practices within the industry.

#3

High-Road Business Development

BCGC’s high-road business development component then helps employers raise the quality of and expand access to their entry-level positions by committing them to equitable hiring and employment standards. In exchange, BCGC helps grow these businesses by marketing them as socially responsible and channeling procurement opportunities to them.

Through this comprehensive program model, BCGC is transforming the green economy into a pathway out of poverty for Baltimore residents.

Key Outcomes

475

unemployed and underemployed
Baltimore City residents have
graduated since 2003

85%

of graduates have secured
family-sustaining employment

83%

of placed graduates retained
employment for at least one year

11

high-road companies have committed
to exclusively hire from BCGC and
pay family-sustaining wages

$2.5 m.

in procurement opportunities
channeled to high-road employers