Earlier this afternoon, I picked up a $550,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support a great St. Louis partnership of St. Patrick Center, the City’s SLATE, Gateway Greening, and the National Corn Ethanol Research Center to expand training programs for green jobs in St. Louis.
The Go! Green project trains homeless people in horticulture, preparing them for jobs as landscapers, grounds-keepers, and gardening and nursery retailers. And it retrains professionals displaced by the current economic crisis for new careers in biofuels production. The judges seemed to like the fact that a single program included both elements.
I am grateful to the US Conference of Mayors for selecting our project, and to the Wal-Mart Foundation and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. senior vice president Ray Bracy.
I’ll post a link to the Conference’s announcement when I find it.