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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 Groundwork Rhode Island for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. Groundwork Rhode Island plans to train 52 students and place at least 36 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 206 hours of training in OSHA HAZWOPER; OSHA 10-Construction site safety; asbestos supervisor - initial; lead renovator, remodeler, painter; introduction to brownfields and soil sampling; introduction to indoor air quality, mold, and vapor intrusion; introduction to energy efficiency and weatherization; introduction to wastewater treatment; stormwater and green infrastructure basics; site assessment for stormwater management; native, exotic, and invasive plant identification; innovative technologies in erosion control and stormwater management; trees in the urban environment; solid waste management - compost; solid waste management and recycling; water testing and sampling; green roof and energy star design; support services for small contractors; and introduction to environmental justice. A total of four federal certifications will be offered. Groundwork Rhode Island is targeting unemployed and underemployed residents living near the Providence-Metro Region. Key partners include Vortex, Wilcox and Barton, Providence Housing Authority, Children's Friend, Rhode Island Housing, PCF Development, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Providence Department of Planning and Development, the City of Central Falls, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Tremco, Central Nurseries, Rhode Island Nursery and Landscaper Association, and Resource Options, Inc.


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 1 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-connecticut-maine-massachusetts-new-hampshire-rhode#pane-1)

Grant Recipient: Groundwork Rhode Island, RI

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-18-167
April 2018
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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