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EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act of 2018, was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities, including low-income and minority, unemployed, and underemployed individuals. To date, EPA has funded 288 job training grants totaling over $60 million through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. As of May 2018, more than 17,100 individuals have completed training, and of those, almost 12,500 have obtained employment in the environmental field, an average starting wage of over $14 an hour. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 73% since the program was created in 1998.

Job Training Grant


EPA has selected RecycleForce for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. RecycleForce plans to train 75 students and place at least 65 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 200 hours of instruction in RCRA (HAZCOM and global SDS), OSHA safety (personal protective equipment; warehouse safety; material handling; machine guarding; lockout tagout and OTI; emergency action plan and fire prevention; basic first aid; blood borne pathogens; slips, trips, and falls; and forklift safety) and 40-hour HAZWOPER. Participants who complete the training will earn three state or federal certifications. RecycleForce is targeting unemployed and underemployed residents of Indianapolis, Indiana. Key partners include US Ecology, Keys to Work, KERAMIDA, Remedium Services Group, Trusted Mentors, 5/3 Bank, Place of Power, Edna Martin Christian Community Center, Walker Career Center/Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, City of Indianapolis Brownfield Redevelopment Program, EmployIndy, PZtech, Citizens Energy Group, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, and the Southeast Community Services Center for Working Families.


For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).

EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-illinois-indiana-michigan-minnesota-ohio-and)

Grant Recipient: RecycleForce, IN

The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.

EPA 560-F-18-157
April 2018
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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