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Monica Haddad

Author: Heather Sauer | Image: Heather Sauer

Monica Haddad, associate professor of community and regional planning, has received a summer research grant from the ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. For her project “Green Jobs and Climate Justice in American Cities,” Haddad will study how programs adopted by cities or partnered with cities can improve the livelihoods of low-skilled workers by including them in the green workforce through training for local “green” jobs.

To examine 8–10 different programs across the U.S., she will conduct in-depth interviews with program staff and analyze program materials available online. By identifying best practices in making green jobs available to those who need them most, the findings will assist urban planners and public officials in combating climate change in ways that improve the livelihoods of vulnerable residents in cities.