President Obama and his administration have focused on energy policy, with the Clean Energy and Recovery Act. This act creates jobs and advances America’s energy efficiency through programs and strategies including a multi-billion dollar effort to weatherize low-income homes throughout the country. Additionally, millions of dollars have been designated to train individuals for green jobs. The Green Construction industry is one of the fastest growing construction fields and The Black Star Project recognizes the opportunity this field presents for our people. In a social climate where young Black men are systematically excluded viable employment opportunities, The Black Star Project seeks to support the Black and Latino communities in preparing for and securing jobs in the Green Construction Industry.
The Black Star Project is currently running two grant funded programs in partnership with the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). UWI programs are funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.