About Green Careers Exploration

We explain our program's purpose, approach and impact.

Helping students of color prepare for green careers

The green energy and environmental jobs sectors are growing. We help young people of color prepare for these jobs with:
  • Education (K-12)
  • Experiences (Middle and high school)
  • Credentialing (Age 17+)

Opportunities for young people and educators

Teenager and coworker talking about solar panels

Engaging partners students can relate to

It's important that students learn and work:

  • In the neighborhoods where they live
  • With people who share their life experience

Our partners make it possible.

Meet our partners

Youth at desks and teacher at white board

Making a difference

Here are a few highlights from the first five years of our program (2020 to 2024). 

  • 1,078 K-12 students received environmental and STEM education and experiences.
  • 307 young adults completed a credentialed solar associate class.
  • 50 community members earned the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Associate credential.
  • 23 students worked in paid internships with solar developers.
  • 20 solar students were offered and accepted full-time jobs.
  • 33 youth and young adults learned sustainable land care best management practices and earned money.
  • 13 of the sustainable land care trainees worked in paid internships.
  • Seven businesses became training partners.
Teenager and adult working on solar panels

Contact us

Green Careers Exploration

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415