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Latinos comprise about 17% of the U.S. population.
By 2050, they are expected to rise to 30%.
Given this growth, Latinos have a critical role to play in helping build a “green economy”—one that centers on environmental health and sustainable business, according to a report by Green for All published on Latina Lista.
Here are some examples:
- Gabriel Mandujano founded Wash Cycle Laundry, a Pittsburgh company that shrinks the environmental footprint of the laundry business and provides job opportunities for local workers.
- Diana Teran started La Tuana Tortillas, a Tucson, Ariz., company that provides healthy food options with its natural, vegan, sustainable tortillas.
- Luis Perales founded Tierra y Libertad Organization and is working with local leaders in Tucson on a Barrio Sustainability Project focused on solutions like rainwater catchment systems and neighborhood food gardens.
Also according to the report: National Council de La Raza (NCLR) indicates that “Latinos stand to gain tremendously by working in green jobs — especially in “hot spot” cities like Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Knoxville, and McAllen, Texas.”