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Vermont's Environmental Sector: Identifying Green Workforce Training Needs and Opportunities

Tags: Business Development, Community Economic Development, Surveys

Client Name: Vermont Environmental Consortium

Client Type: Non-profit

Year: 2009, 2010

Location: Vermont

Yellow Wood was engaged by the Vermont Environmental Consortium (VEC) to define Vermont’s environmental sector, survey the sector to improve the understanding of the workforce education and training needs of these firms and survey schools, organizations and businesses providing environmental education and training in Vermont. Survey results from over 250 firms in Vermont’s environmental sector and 100 education and training providers highlighted the fit or lack thereof between the needs and the education and training programs and resources available in Vermont and have supplied important baseline information identifying opportunities, challenges and gaps that can be filled in Vermont’s green economy.