Report: Latinos Lead the Way in the ‘Green Economy’

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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.”

By The Numbers By The Numbers

22

percent

of Latino youth have depressive symptoms, more than any other group besides Native American youth

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