Why Are Few Blacks Working in Green Industries?Want to land a solid job after college? Then it’s time to start thinking green and not in terms of money. According to a panel of experts, young African-Americans are missing out on modern age job opportunities because there are few connections between leading “green” companies and historically black colleges. A group of business leaders, including Tatyana Ali, discussed environmental stewardship and a business development program for recent graduates at a forum organized by the Toyota Green Initiative. The event was held during the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.

The panelists discussed how HBCUs have their roots in original green industry – agriculture – but that today little awareness exists among black youth about these opportunities.

“They don’t realize that there are environmental leaders of color,” Zakiya Harris, manager of the San Francisco Green Festival, said in reference of students. “We want our young people to be empowered … with the language of the new green economy.”

Jamal Ali, author of the book “Black and Green: Black Insights for the Green Movement” said that encouraging more youth to pursue environmentalism as careers is simple: “We just need to educate the community.”

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