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A Model for Clean Energy: Good for the Economy & the Environment

By Carla Ledbetter
The Washington Times

Recently, Green For All partnered with the City of Portland on a clean-energy project. On September 30, 2009, the Portland City Council passed a resolution endorsing a groundbreaking Community Workforce Agreement that will lead to the creation of thousands of good jobs in the clean-energy economy for low-income workers.

Like most people, I try to do everything I can to lower my utility bills. Every day I turn off lights, monitor my thermostat, and unplug as many energy-eating appliances as I can. My house is a little warmer in summer and chillier in winter than I’d like, but the payoff in lower utility bills is more than worth the trade-off. Over the past ten years, through conscious effort and home improvements, I managed to reduce my utility bills some 40%. It took a lot of effort and determination, but I did it.

Now, when I shop, I buy items rated as energy efficient. It’s not difficult—most stores sell light bulbs, appliances and home improvement items specifically designed to reduce energy consumption, many of which quality for tax rebates. It’s a win-win situation for everyone because we win, and so does the environment.

Green For All is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. It works in collaboration with businesses, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

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