American Forests and TAZO Tea Event
On Friday, October 21, BCC, which offers an Associate degree in Horticulture in collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden, partnered with American Forests and TAZO Tea to host a Green Jobs Expo.
Students and community members attended the event to learn about job opportunities in environmental fields, such as urban forestry and horticulture that address climate justice issues.
From extreme heat to super-sized weather events, the impacts of climate change are increasingly visible everywhere. Fortunately, a recent movement toward addressing climate change by investing in green jobs and industries will create millions of jobs and provide a boost to the economy, people and climate.
Through the Inflation Reduction Act, the Federal Government has infused millions of dollars into urban and community forestry along with clean energy, manufacturing and transportation. This translates into jobs for BCC students.
American Forests works to create healthy and resilient forests, from cities to large natural landscapes delivering essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife.
TAZO, the tea brand, challenges the status quo to a better society. In 2021, TAZO teamed up with American Forests, the Davey Tree Expert Company and singer-songwriter SZA to launch the TAZO Tree Corps. This is a paid, locally hired workforce that uses tree planting and maintenance to combat climate change and create new jobs in disproportionately impacted communities such as The Bronx.
The event featured live tree care, climbing demonstrations, 1 on 1 interviews and resume prep. Presentations included careers/education pathways in green jobs, climate/environmental justice, community organizing, career opportunities and financial literacy.
The Green Jobs Expo helped expose BCC students and community members to career opportunities in the green industry. The event provided horticulture education and training while providing job interview skills training.