Raquel Pinderhughes is Professor and Chair of Urban Studies & Planning at San Francisco State University, where she teaches courses on urban environmental planning and policy and runs the departments internship program. An activist scholar whose work focuses on improving quality of life and on economic empowerment opportunities for low-income people and inner-city communities, Dr. Pinderhughes has directed urban and environmental education programs for incarcerated and re-entry populations and developed green job training and popular education programs for low-income youth and adults throughout the country, including the Delancey Street Foundation College Program, which provides ex-convicts and substance abusers with an opportunity to get a college education. Dr. Pinderhughes is the creator of "Roots of Success", an empowering environmental literacy and job readiness curriculum that uses innovative, non-traditional learning approaches to engage youth and adults who have struggled in school,increase their understanding of environmental issues and the green economy, strengthen their academic and labor markets skills, and inspire and prepare them to improve environmental conditions in their communities. "Roots of Success" is used in 35+ states and three countries. Dr. Pinderhughes's landmark study on green collar jobs informs our understanding of how to harness green business growth to fight both pollution and poverty and provide pathways out of poverty to youth and adults with barriers to employment. The Green Josb Training Program Model she developed informed the development of green job training programs throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico and the UK. Her training model helped shape the Pathways out of Poverty RFP and program funded with AARA dollars. Recent publications include:Alternative Urban Futures: Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities throughout the World; Equitable Green Development and Green Jobs in Richmond, CA (co-author); Making Green Work: Best Practices for Green Collar Job Training (contributing author) and; She is a co-author of a paper entitled "The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System" jointly comissioned by the Federal Department of Corrections.

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