An employment training program offered by St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University received an award on March 19 from the Environmental Protection Agency for having the highest job placement rate of any environmental remediation program in the nation.
|From left are Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 administrator; Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Stan Walker, Region 7 brownfields branch chief; Christopher King, SLU director for Environmental Education and Training; and Tim Boul, project manager Workforce and Community Development for St. Louis Community College. U.S. EPA Photo by Toni Castro|
Since 2000, SLU School of Public Health and St. Louis Community College have been partners on a program to reclaim "brownfield" sites, which are properties that are complicated to reuse or develop because they may be contaminated with pollutants or hazardous substances.
The brownfield training program offers an intensive six-week program of environmental health and occupational safety training to displaced workers so they can begin careers in environmental remediation. After participating in more than 200 hours of technical training, graduates of the program earn licenses from Missouri and Illinois in lead and asbestos abatement, and certificates in hazardous waste cleanup, emergency response, mold remediation and weatherization.
Hundreds of workers have been placed into sustainable wage environmental jobs through this program. A short video describing the St. Louis brownfield program is available on YouTube.