Our NOLA Wise home weatherization program in New Orleans has logged 15,000 job hours since launch last Fall.
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Green news stories we’re still talking about from last week.
Greening Wall Street & Beyond: At the Wall Street Green Trading Summit, Annie White discussed our recycling and waste reduction efforts with our Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) team. (Post)
Water Work: Finn Longinotto from our DC office attended the 6th World Water Forum and reported back on Mikhail Gorbachev’s remarks, talk of climate adaptation, Smart Water for Green Schools, and more. (Post)
More Water Work: We joined our Green Cross International colleagues in commemorating World Water Day. (Post)
Home Improvements: We held a workshop in New Orleans on upgrading your home wisely with weatherization from our NOLA Wise program. (Post)
Contest Video: Some amazing friends and supporters of Global Green (Emmy Rossum, Dylan McDermott, Michelle Branch, Sophia Bush, Walton Goggins, Peter Mensah, and Maggie Grace) helped us make a video for our Citizen Entrepreneur contest to find local green heroes. (Video and contest entry form)
Green Ribbon: We were excited to hear that the Environmental Charter School in Lawndale, a school we partnered with on greening their school, was nominated for the new federal Green Ribbon Schools Program. (Post)
Green Economy: The Labor Department announced that 3.1 million Americans hold “green” jobs. (AP story)
Weather Reports: Unseasonable weather made headlines across the country and 350.org is urging people to connect the dots between extreme climate and the weather. (Climate Dots)
Fracking with Water & Air: A new study suggests that fracking may increase air pollution health risks. (LA Times story). Meanwhile, water samples were shown to contain dangerous quantities of methane gas in Dimock, PA. (ProPublica report)
Loving It: We were excited to hear that McDonald’s is testing double-walled paper coffee cups as a possible replacement for styrofoam, and working with a member of our Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) program. (Post)
Twitterverse News: We got a new, shorter one for the Twitterverse! Now we’re simply @globalgreen (no more “usa” at the end — a shorter name means more space for our tweets!).
Headline of the Week: “Eerily Gorgeous Weather Finally Convinces People That Global Warming is a Thing” (Jezebel)
“In the beginning of the computer industry, jobs were numbered in the thousands. Now they are in the millions. The same thing will happen with green jobs. And California is positioned perfectly to reap the economic benefits that will inevitably flow.” — California Governor Jerry Brown in his state of the state speech
As Global Green USA works with dedicated residents of the Gulf Coast to create a clean and green energy economy for the future, this new report from Restore America’s Estuaries helps underscore the fact that coastal restoration isn’t just about protecting our nation’s energy infrastructure, international shipping, and commercial fisheries — it’s also about creating an astounding number of jobs and new businesses. And these jobs can never be exported. Thirty new jobs can be created for every million dollars invested in restoring our coast — that’s more than twice as many jobs as both the oil and gas and road construction industries combined. But it’s not just a jobs engine — it’s a critical public safety issue. With more than half of Americans living within 50 miles of a coast, we need this workforce to get to work protecting our cities and communities along the coast from flooding, hurricanes, and sea level rise. As our nation struggles to find its economic footing and return to prosperity, coastal restoration is a smart investment for our country now.
How can you help? Contact your elected officials and tell them that you expect them to vote for coastal restoration jobs, including the Restore Act that the entire Gulf Coast delegation — Democrats and Republicans — is sponsoring this month to direct the fines paid by BP Oil for the oil disaster to coastal restoration projects.
During his speech in Detroit on Labor Day, President Obama spoke about the recession and the tough economic times, especially for the unemployed masses. We will hear more from the President on Thursday, when he addresses Congress and the nation about his plan to grow the economy and promise to “put more Americans back to work right now.” We hope he is listening to Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke last week at an energy summit in Nevada, telling attendees that “there’s absolutely no reason why the United States can’t lead the world in clean energy.” To ensure a healthy future and curb our independence on costly and dirty fossil fuels, we know we need to invest in clean energy — and growing the green economy is the right thing to do in helping our struggling nation bounce back.
More green economy food for thought:
A Brookings Institute study released in July report shows the clean energy sector employs approximately 2.7 million workers — and is growing.
Grist recently posted an infographic showing how many jobs solar would create.
During a press conference in New Orleans yesterday, EPA Region Administrator Al Armendariz announced nearly $500,000 in grants awarded to NOLA organizations, including Global Green USA. Others receiving EPA grants for environmental justice, job training, and education grants: Louisiana Green Corps, Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
We will be using the $100,000 grant for a Green Jobs Pilot Program to provide job training for local youths and job placement with small construction contractors. Our new NOLA Wise program for energy efficiency retrofits with provide contractors and apprentices with a steady stream of employment — to help the further greening of NOLA while boosting the local economy.
A podcast of the press event is on the EPA site.
“I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live. We can, and indeed must, have both.” – Bill Clinton
The quote above isn’t new, but it’s Clinton’s birthday and it’s a statement worth repeating.
The clean economy has 2.7 million jobs and employs more workers than the fossil fuels industry. (Source: Brookings Institution)
Yes, it’s been a good week for news on the green job market, with numerous press outlets (from USA Today and Good magazine) picking up the news of the Brookings Institution report on the strength of the growing clean economy.
For five days last month, I braved the frigid temperatures (well, frigid to this Southern Californian) of our nation’s capital to speak at the national Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference on a panel about Green Schools. The conference, celebrating its fourth year and attended by more than 3,000 people last year, was presented by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, a non-profit that conducts research and educates the public and media about solutions to environmental challenges that create economic opportunities for the American people.
The conference included several notable speakers, including EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The panel I spoke on entitled, “Good Schools, Green Schools,” focused on various efforts to build and renovate schools using green building approaches as well as some of the policy drivers impacting the building and renovation of green schools nationwide. The audience included labor union members, environmentalists, school teachers and administrators (no students, unfortunately!)
My presentation featured Global Green’s work to green schools in Los Angeles and New Orleans, and I also shared news of the launch of our Green School Makeover Competition, the result of a partnership with Pureology. The Green School Makeover Competition is open to K-12 schools across the country and will award the winning school $65,000 for the opportunity to green its facilities. But more importantly, the Competition is designed to educate and raise awareness about the many benefits of green schools (among them higher student test scores, lower absentee levels) and expand the constituency for green schools.
The remainder of the week in DC was spent in meetings with national education organizations, all of whom we hope to engage as partners in our effort. Although most of these groups do not have environmental or greening as a primary focus, all of them have already begun to consider the benefits of green schools and in some cases have taken steps to incorporate green school issues into their agendas. Global Green is looking forward to working with these potential partners and making green schools the norm rather than the exception. Learn more about our Green Schools Initiative and Makeover Competition.
To download Mary’s presentation for Good Jobs, Green Jobs, click here.