Statement From Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the introduction of the Senate's draft Clean-Energy Jobs Bill

Sep 30, 2009
Today, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, which  lays the groundwork for a clean-energy economy,was introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA).  The legislation includes two important provisions. The statement, from Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “We applaud Senators Boxer and Kerry for authoring this critical piece of legislation and including important provisions that will make the promise of a clean-energy economy real for those workers struggling the most in these tough times. “Although funding levels are not included in this draft, the  bill lays the foundation forsubstantial investments in workforce education to prepare workers for jobs and careers in the clean-energy economy.  It also ties clean-energy investments to strategies that maximize opportunities for local, low-income workers.   “While much work lies ahead on the legislation, Senators Boxer and Kerry – with invaluable support from Senators Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – have made great strides to develop climate protection policy that provides an opportunity for all Americans to benefit from the green economy. “As an organization dedicated to building broad opportunity through green investment and policy, we hope today’s draft bill will begin a real conservation about how to address climate change in a way that will improve the health, wealth, and well-being of low and moderate-income people and provide pathways out of poverty for all American workers and communities. “We urge the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to expeditiously pass this bill, which supports climate protection and economic recovery.” About Green For All (www.gfa.fchq.ca) Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, 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 its agenda.

LIVING CITIES AND GREEN FOR ALL ANNOUNCE CREATION OF “ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITY FUND” DURING CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE

Groundbreaking Social Investment Fund Will Finance Innovative Job-Creation and Energy-Saving Efforts in Low-Income Communities

[New York, September 25, 2009] – Today, at the closing session of Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, Living Cities and Green For All unveiled the Energy Efficiency Opportunity Fund alongside former President Bill Clinton.  The groundbreaking fund will finance innovative efforts to retrofit homes, businesses and community facilities to achieve greater energy efficiency while also creating jobs and cutting energy costs for low-income families. By investing in new models for financing retrofits, the Fund will help catalyze and leverage additional funding from federal, state and local governments, financial institutions and foundations. ”This Fund is an extension of Green For All’s commitment to build a clean-energy economy that is ripe with broad opportunity and shared prosperity for every neighborhood,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All.  “Economic recovery and economic opportunity can converge through smart investments in people, place and planet.” The Fund will provide a unique platform for “triple bottom line” returns, including:
  • A financial return of 2 - 3 percent annually;
  • An environmental return in the form of reduced energy consumption and avoided greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • A social return that saves money and creates jobs for low-income people.
”The creation of the Fund is part of our intentional strategy to ensure that low-income people and places can benefit from the emerging green economy,” said Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht.  “ The sponsors estimate that when fully deployed, a $20 million fund would leverage approximately $200 million in financing for building energy retrofits. On an annual basis, this would mean:
  • 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided – the equivalent of more than 4,700 cars taken off the road;
  • 25% energy savings on average in 15,000 homes, with total household savings of $6 million;
  • 25% energy savings on average in 2,000 commercial/community buildings;
  • 2,500 clean energy jobs, with substantial opportunity for low-income people; and
  • Improved health increased household income and/or greater worker productivity experienced by 40,000 people.
Green For All and Living Cities are considering investment opportunities both in states traditionally seen as environmental strongholds such as California, Washington and Massachusetts, as well as in cities in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions that are developing innovative strategies. # # # About Green For All (www.gfa.fchq.ca) Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.   The organization works in collaboration with the business, 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 its agenda. About Living Cities (www.livingcities.org) Founded in 1991, Living Cities is an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 21 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions. Our members are not simply funders. They participate at the senior management level on the Living Cities Board of Directors and contribute the time of 80+ expert staff toward crafting and implementing our agenda, which is focused on improving the lives of low-income people in America’s urban areas.  Over the past 18 years, Living Cities' members have collectively invested over $600 million which has, in turn, leveraged more than $16 billion in tangible community assets. AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW, PHAEDRA ELLIS-LAMPKINS, CEO, GREEN FOR ALL, BEN HECHT, PRESIDENT & CEO, LIVING CITIES MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Martone 917.929.0527 amartone@livingcities.org www.livingcities.org David Falkenstein 212.691.2800 Falkenstein@sunshinesachs.com www.gfa.fchq.ca

Press Release: DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Propose National Program to Improve Fuel Economy and Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Authors: yvonne

New Interagency Program to Address Climate Change and Energy Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today jointly proposed a rule establishing an historic national program that would improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases. Their proposal builds upon core principles President Obama announced with automakers, the United Auto Workers, leaders in the environmental community, governors and state officials in May, and would provide coordinated national vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standards. The proposed program would also conserve billions of barrels of oil, save consumers money at the pump, increase fuel economy, and reduce millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.


“American drivers will keep more money in their pockets, put less pollution into the air, and help reduce a dependence on oil that sends billions of dollars out of our economy every year,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By bringing together a broad coalition of stakeholders – including an unprecedented partnership with American automakers – we have crafted a path forward that is win-win for our health, our environment, and our economy. Through that partnership, we’ve taken the historic step of proposing the nation’s first ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, and moved substantially closer to an efficient, clean energy future.”


“The increases in fuel economy and the reductions in greenhouse gases we are proposing today would bring about a new era in automotive history,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “These proposed standards would help consumers save money at the gas pump, help the environment, and decrease our dependence on oil – all while ensuring that consumers still have a full range of vehicle choices.”


Under the proposed program, which covers model years 2012 through 2016, automobile manufacturers would be able to build a single, light-duty national fleet that satisfies all federal requirements as well as the standards of California and other states. The proposed program includes miles per gallon requirements under NHTSA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) program and the first-ever national emissions standards under EPA’s greenhouse gas program. The collaboration of federal agencies for this proposal also allows for clearer rules for all automakers, instead of three standards (DOT, EPA, and a state standard).

Specifically, the program would:

  • Increase fuel economy by approximately five percent every year
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 950 million metric tons
  • Save the average car buyer more than $3,000 in fuel costs
  • Conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil

Increase Fuel Economy and Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions:
The proposed national program would require model year 2016 vehicles to meet an estimated combined average emission level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. Under the proposed program, the overall light-duty vehicle fleet would reach 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in model year 2016, if all reductions were made through fuel economy improvements. If this occurs, Congress’ fuel economy goal of 35.0 mpg by 2020 will be met four years ahead of schedule. This would surpass the CAFE law passed by Congress in 2007, which required an average fuel economy of 35 mpg in 2020.

Reduce Greenhouse Gases:
Climate change poses a significant long-term threat to America’s environment. The vehicles subject to the proposed rules announced today are responsible for almost 60 percent of all U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. These will be the nation’s first ever national greenhouse gas standards. The proposed standards would require model year 2016 vehicles to meet an estimated combined average emission level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile under EPA’s greenhouse gas program. The combined EPA and NHTSA standards would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the light-duty vehicle fleet by about 21 percent in 2030 over the level that would occur in the absence of any new greenhouse gas or fuel economy standards. The greenhouse gas emission reductions this program would bring about are equivalent to the emissions of 42 million cars.

Save Consumers Money:
NHTSA and EPA estimate that U.S. consumers who purchase their vehicle outright would save enough in lower fuel costs over the first three years to offset the increases in vehicle costs. Consumers would save more than $3,000 due to fuel savings over the lifetime of a model year 2016 vehicle.

Conserve Oil and Increase Energy Security:
The light-duty vehicles subject to this proposed National Program account for about 40 percent of all U.S. oil consumption. The program will provide important energy security benefits by conserving 1.8 billion barrels of oil, which is twice the amount of oil (crude oil and products) imported in 2008 from the Persian Gulf countries, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration Office. These standards also provide important energy security benefits as light-duty vehicles account for about 60 percent of transportation oil use.


Within the Auto Industry’s Reach:
EPA and NHTSA have worked closely to develop this coordinated joint proposal and have met with many stakeholders including automakers to insure the standards proposed today are both aggressive and achievable given the current financial state of the auto industry.


NHTSA and EPA expect automobile manufacturers would meet these proposed standards by improving engine efficiency, transmissions and tires, as well as increasing the use of start-stop technology and improvements in air conditioning systems. EPA and NHTSA also anticipate that these standards would promote the more widespread use of advanced fuel-saving technologies like hybrid vehicles and clean diesel engines.


NHTSA and EPA are providing a 60-day comment period that begins with publication of the proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal and information about how to submit comments are at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regulations.htm for EPA and http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.43ac99aefa80569eea57529cdba046a0/ for NHTSA.


Draft Environmental Impact Statement:

NHTSA has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed CAFE standards. The Draft EIS compares the environmental impacts of the agency’s proposal and reasonable alternatives. NHTSA is providing a 45-day comment period on the Draft EIS. Information on the submission of comments is provided at the above NHTSA Web address.


OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS DISCUSS EDUCATING COMMUNITIES ON EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CLEAN-ENERGY ECONOMY

Hip Hop Caucus and Green For All announce the Green the Block campaign to further broad participation

WASHINGTON - Members of President Obama’s Green Cabinet and the community engagement campaign, Green the Block, met in Washington today to discuss ways to ensure that opportunities from the new green economy are available to a broad cross section of the American people. In response to the president’s call to service through the United We Serve campaign, Green the Block also presented a birthday gift to President Obama in the form of a call to action for green community service projects in underserved communities on September 11th, the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Participants in today’s event included Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency; and Under Secretary Kristina Johnson, Department of Energy. They were joined by Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus; Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All; and leaders of Green the Block. Administrator Jackson, who grew up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, understands the environmental challenges faced by individuals and families in vulnerable communities across the country. “Poison in the ground means poison in the economy. A weak environment means a weak consumer base. And unhealthy air means an unhealthy atmosphere for investments,” Jackson said. “In case after case, the things that make good environmental sense also make good economic sense. When we put that environmental green on the block, we also put a lot more of that economic green on the block.” Secretary Donovan discussed efforts by HUD to weatherize multi-family housing across the country and keep those jobs in impacted communities. “The transition to clean energy and the benefits from it should extend to every corner of the country and penetrate communities that have long been passed over whenever waves of economic innovation are developing,” Donovan said. “This effort to advance information and resources to these communities now is a big step towards ensuring that the emerging green economy provides not simply a job, but a chance to build a business or invest in the next great idea in the industry.” The Department of Energy is also making significant investments with more than $8 billion for weatherization projects in local communities and incentivizing the use of clean energy. This work involves installing new energy efficient windows and doors, updating insulation, and encouraging state and local governments to use more fuel efficient vehicles and renewable forms of energy. Under Secretary Johnson noted that, “Cleaner communities are more livable communities. This is a chance for us to significantly change course in our use of energy and lift up the economic fortunes of individuals and families.” Convened by Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus, Green the Block is a new campaign to more deeply engage our most vulnerable communities in the transition to a 21st-century economy. Green the Block will encourage education, legislative advocacy, private-sector development and youth activism, and is supported by a broad-base coalition of partners. “Green the Block is a movement to build a clean-energy economy where everyone has a chance to succeed,” said Ellis-Lamkins. “That starts with making sure that those who are often left out and left behind – low-income people and communities of color – have a voice and a presence in this movement. These communities also need a fair share of the economic, social and environmental benefits this transition is creating.” Traditionally underserved areas are often hardest hit by environmental hazards and inefficiencies including industrial brownfields, ground contamination and structural deficiencies. In the coming months as these areas are cleaned up and we move more towards a clean-energy economy, Green the Block will launch an effort to educate traditionally underserved communities about the opportunities available to individuals in the emerging green economy through job training, entrepreneurship, and increased energy efficiency through infrastructure development. According to Reverend Yearwood, this transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is rich with opportunities for all Americans, and everyone should have a chance to participate. “Clean-energy investments will create more job opportunities than spending on fossil fuels, like oil, natural gas and coal,” Yearwood said. “The building of a clean-energy economy in the United States can serve to create new pathways out of poverty for the 78 million people in this country who are presently poor or near poor.”

Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the House’s Passage of The American Clean Energy & Security Act

 Jun 26, 2009

Today the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy & Security Act, a bill that will ensure that a diversity of Americans have access to green, career-path jobs.  The statement from Green For All CEO, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows. “We applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey, and Speaker Pelosi for their leadership in passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act. This legislation will not only position America at the forefront of the clean-energy economy but will also create jobs and opportunities for communities that are too often at the margins - and the smokestack end - of our current economy.” “Green For All is proud to have fought with our champions on the Hill, including Representatives Cleaver and Luján, for crucial provisions that will ensure that low-income communities and communities of color now have access to an economic stake in the clean energy economy. “Chief among them - the creation of a green-construction, careers-demonstration program authored by Congressman Bobby Rush -- will promote middle-class careers and quality employment practices in the green construction sector. This program will empower the Secretaries of Labor and Energy to ensure that these green construction jobs are good jobs, and are accessible to all of our communities. “Equally important is the allocation of $860 million to the Green Jobs Act, which will provide training to workers who need new skills for the jobs that will repower and rebuild this nation. “Today is an historic day for our country and a giant leap forward in creating a more equitable, cleaner, and secure future for all Americans.” About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, 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 its agenda.

Clean-Energy Investment Provides Economic Boost, More Jobs, and Expanded Opportunities

New analysis demonstrates how America can create 1.7 million jobs and opportunities for low-income families

Contact: Jason Rahlan, Center for American Progress, 202.481.8132 jrahlan@americanprogress.org Marni Tomljanovic, Green for All, (212) 691.2800 Tomljanovic@sunshinesachs.com Michael Oko, Natural Resources Defense Council, (202) 513.6245 moko@nrdc.org Debbie Zeidenberg, Political Economy Research Institute, (413) 577.3147 dzeiden@peri.umass.edu
Washington (June 18, 2009) – As clean energy and climate legislation moves through Congress, new data show that a $150 billion investment in clean energy could create a net increase of 1.7 million American jobs and significantly lower the national unemployment rate. According to the analysis, shifting to a clean-energy economy will help millions of low-income Americans by creating more accessible job opportunities ─ with the potential for advancement ─ and by lowering utility bills and transportation costs. Two complementary reports ─ prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI), Center for American Progress (CAP), Green For All, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ─ outline how investment in a clean-energy economy will produce significant economic and job creation benefits. These include the generation of roughly three times more jobs than would be generated by the same investment in the existing fossil fuel infrastructure. “Jobs are the cornerstone of any economic recovery, and these reports show that investing in the clean-energy economy will create 1.7 million new jobs across the country as well as cut America’s contribution to global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said John Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress. “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy: How the Economic Stimulus Program and New Legislation Can Boost U.S. Economic Growth and Employment” from PERI and CAP explains how the combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) could serve as the foundation for bringing total clean-energy investments in the United States to approximately $150 billion per year. This public spending and private investment would produce a net gain of 1.7 million new jobs. “These reports make clear that investment in a clean-energy economy will create pathways to prosperity for millions of Americans, especially in low-income communities and communities of color,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Green-collar, career-path jobs that are accessible to Americans from a broad range of educational backgrounds are a win for our economy, a win for our environment, and a win for our workers.” “Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States” from PERI, NRDC and Green For All shows that shifting from traditional fossil fuel to clean energy will improve the standard of living for millions of Americans across all skill and education levels, especially among lower-income families. According to the “Green Prosperity” report, nearly half of the 1.7 million new jobs created by green investment will be accessible to workers with relatively low levels of formal education. Of these, nearly 75 percent will have high potential for advancement. This expansion could drive down the unemployment rate by more than one percentage point. ”As Congressional leaders debate energy and climate legislation in Washington, we are seeing growing momentum behind a shift to clean energy and efficiency across America," said Peter Lehner, Executive Director of NRDC, "It's never been clearer that American ingenuity and investment in clean energy can be a driving force for economic growth, energy independence, and environmental protection, so we can increase economic opportunities while reducing global warming pollution.” In addition to creating new economic opportunities, this investment will significantly contribute to improvements in energy efficiency in buildings and homes, lowering overall energy costs for consumers and especially benefiting lower-income households. These savings could be as high as 4 percent of household incomes for some families. Moving to clean energy would also improve public transportation, especially in urban areas, which could lead to an average reduction in living costs of 1 to 4 percent per family. “Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy” breaks down the economic growth potential in all 50 states, while the “Green Prosperity” report focuses on job creation and the economic impact on lower-income families in 41 regions across 22 states. “These studies draw on simple but robust modeling techniques to estimate the effects on U.S. employment and living standards of a $150 billion annual clean-energy investment program,” said Robert Pollin, Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. “By synthesizing these data sources and modeling approaches in a new way, we are able to observe in detail how clean-energy investments can deliver substantial benefits to communities throughout the country, especially for lower-income working people and their families.” For the full reports, state and regional fact sheets go to:http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy.htmlwww.gfa.fchq.ca/report,www.nrdc.org/greenjobs, and www.peri.umass.edu. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people. Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, 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 its agenda. The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) promotes human and ecological well-being through our original research. Our approach is to translate what we learn into workable policy proposals that are capable of improving life on our planet today and in the future. In the words of the late Professor Robert Heilbroner, we at PERI “strive to make a workable science out of morality.” Established in 1998, PERI is an independent unit of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with close ties to the Department of Economics. Download the Press Release

Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Passage of The American Clean Energy & Security Act

Jun 02, 2009

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), a bill that lays the groundwork for a clean energy economy. The statement, from Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “We applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey for their leadership efforts in crafting and advancing the American Clean Energy and Security Act out of committee and into the full House. “The bill represents a strong step towards comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. While there is much to applaud in the bill, there are also areas for substantial improvement. The legislation could be strengthened by substantial investments in workforce education to prepare workers for jobs and careers in the clean energy economy.  It also should tie clean energy investments to strategies that maximize opportunities for local workers and unrepresented populations. “The legislation has the potential to expand opportunity and equality in the clean energy economy for all Americans. Right now, it is falling short of that promise.  As the process unfolds, we are committed to working closely with Congress to see that investments in green jobs and the entry points that move workers into higher-skilled occupations are strengthened and prioritized.”

Green For All has received its 501(c)3 determination

May 18, 2009

It’s official!  Green For All has received its 501(c)3 determination from the IRS! Over the past 16 months, Green For All has been a fiscally sponsored project of the Natural Capital Institute (NCI).  Green For All is grateful to NCI‘s founder and executive director, Paul Hawken, and director, Peggy Duvette, for their tireless support during Green For All’s amazing period of growth.  Paul Hawken’s vision for a green economy is foundational to Green For All’s mission and we are honored to have begun this work in partnership with NCI. Green For All also thanks our generous donors for your early and critical support.  Your donations support Green For All’s crucial work to create green jobs that are pathways out of poverty. Continue to support Green For All’s mission and work!  Make a donation now to fight both poverty and pollution at the same time.  Be a partner as we ALL realize our vision of an inclusive green economy.

GREEN FOR ALL APPLAUDS SIGNING OF SERVE AMERICA ACT;

LAW REPRESENTS IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR GREEN SERVICE THROUGH THE CREATION OF THE CLEAN ENERGY SERVICE CORPS

Apr 22, 2009
Today, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, marking an historic expansion of public service opportunities.  The Act, with its signature Clean Energy Service Corps program, ushers in a new era of green community service.  The statement, from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “We applaud Senators Kennedy and Hatch for their visionary leadership on public service and for mobilizing Americans to undertake important work to help strengthen their communities.  Today’s signing of the Serve America Act ushers in a new era of volunteerism and will inspire future generations to give back to their country. “The potential for public service to build a cleaner, healthier, and more economically-just future is realized through the Act’s Clean Energy Service Corps.  The Corps holds special promise as a pathway out of poverty for low-income youth and moves us closer to building an inclusive green economy. “The Clean Energy Service Corps serves as a strong entry point to sustainable career paths in green industry for thousands of people with barriers to employment.  By providing job training and ample service-learning programs, the Corps arms the people who most need work with the skills to do the work that most needs to be done. “Under the stewardship of Senator Kennedy, Senator Hatch, Representative Inslee and Representative Sarbanes, along with the efforts of a coalition of national service organizations including our colleagues at The Corps Network, the Clean Energy Service Corps became a reality. While today is a reason to celebrate, we must quickly appropriate the full funding authorized for the Clean Energy Service Corps. We can and must seize this extraordinary opportunity to advance a program that fights both poverty and pollution at the same time.”

Climate Equity Alliance

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Janet Hodur, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 202-408-1080, hodur@cbpp.org John Neurohr, Center for American Progress 202-481-8182, jneurohr@americanprogress.org Aimee Allison, Green For All 510-343-4019, aimee@gfa.fchq.ca WASHINGTON – More than two dozen organizations – from the research, advocacy, faith-based, labor, and civil rights communities – have formed the Climate Equity Alliance to help ensure that the strong policies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also protect low- and moderate-income households and expand economic opportunity. The Alliance will promote direct consumer rebates for low- and moderate-income families and individuals to offset higher energy-related prices that result from climate legislation. In addition, as part of the nation's transition to a low-carbon economy, the Alliance will promote policies both to help create quality "green jobs" and to train low- and moderate-income workers to fill them. “As an organization working toward the creation of an inclusive green economy that's strong enough to lift people out of poverty, Green For All believes that, if done right, climate policy can fight pollution and alleviate poverty at the same time,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, a CEA member organization. “Green For All is active in the Climate Equity Alliance because we want to ensure that climate policies provide equal protection and equal opportunity for all communities.” “Climate change legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions need not squeeze the budgets of low- and middle-income families,” said Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, also a CEA member organization. “Proceeds from auctioning emissions allowances can be used, in part, for well-designed consumer relief that restores to these families the purchasing power they otherwise would lose as a result of higher prices for energy-related products.” The United States should also approach climate policy as economic policy that advances the principles of fairness and opportunity, according to the Alliance. “The Center for American Progress recognizes that solving global warming is as much an enormous economic opportunity as it is landmark environmental legislation,” commented Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow with CEA member organization, the Center for American Progress. “We can design a climate policy that protects families, communities, and industries, while simultaneously laying the foundation for a vibrant, sustainable, clean energy economy that invests in low-carbon infrastructure, creates good jobs, fosters innovation, and makes America a leader in developing clean technology for the 21st century.” As Congress moves to enact federal climate legislation and as the United States enters global climate negotiations with other nations, Climate Equity Alliance member organizations will educate policymakers and others on the need for bold action that averts the worst environmental and economic consequences of global warming while protecting and providing pathways to prosperity for the most vulnerable Americans. #   #   # The Climate Equity Alliance is a broad convening of organizations working to ensure that climate policy effectively addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income families, workers, and communities. Member groups work on issues ranging from poverty to hunger to civil rights to economic justice and include: Green For All Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Center for American Progress Service Employees International Union NAACP National Hispanic Environmental Council Oxfam America Democracia Ahora Wider Opportunities for Women First Focus Economic Policy Institute Redefining Progress US Action Coalition on Human Needs The Workforce Alliance Union for Reform Judaism Center for Law and Social Policy National Low Income Housing Coalition ACORN Policy Link Citizens for Tax Justice Enterprise Community Partners United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The Washington Office of Public Policy, Women's Division, United Methodist Church


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