On February 18, Forefront Fellows hosted a cross-sectoral discussion on building a pipeline for green careers through investment in public infrastructure.

Historically in moments of economic downturn, the investment, construction, and maintenance of public infrastructure has been leveraged as a key mechanism for job creation and workforce development — from the New Deal of the 1930s to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In the midst of our current crisis, there is talk at all levels of government about similar investments, and about the potential for these investments to stimulate a redistributive recovery.

To understand the potential impact of these proposed efforts, Fellows invited experts from a variety of sectors to participate in critical conversations about how various types of infrastructure — housing, sanitation, and energy — could offer different opportunities for green career development and a more just economic recovery in New York City.