Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work. Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.Clearly, a new model is needed. This guide by Green For All and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy provides a model for designing and implementing weatherization and retrofitting programs on a citywide scale, with a goal of making such retrofits available to all and realize their potential to address climate change, put people to work, and reduce our energy bills.In addition to reading this guide, we encourage your to connect with the network of peers we have formed to share best practices on these issues by joining our Retrofit America’s Cities Community of Practice.
Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States
“Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States” is a new report from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI), commissioned by Green For All and NRDC.
The report finds that investments in a clean energy economy can significantly drive down the unemployment rate and provide job opportunities to Americans across all skill and education levels. Through increased employment and lower energy bills and transportation costs, the standard of living for low-income people in particular would rise.
“Green Prosperity” focuses on job creation and the economic impact of clean-energy investments on lower-income families nationally, as well as in forty-one metropolitan statistical areas and Congressional Districts.
The report is written by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Heidi Garrett-Peltier from PERI. PERI released a complimentary report with the Center For American Progress called “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy: How the Economic Stimulus Program and New Legislation Can Boost U.S. Economic Growth and Employment.”
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“These reports makes 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. 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.” - Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer, Green For All.
- Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Anderson Cooper 360: Will clean energy hurt low-income Americans?
- Green Inc New York Times Blog: More Studies Extol Virtues of Green Jobs
- CNN Money: 1.7 Million Green Jobs
- Jack and Jill Politics: Low-income communities and the clean energy bill
- Huffington Post: Reports Show Global Warming Already Hurting America; Fighting It Will Heal the Economy
- GreenBiz.com: Green Economy Investments Bring 300 Percent More Jobs, Reports Find
- Arkansas Business.com: Clean-Energy Investment Could Boost Arkansas Economy, Reports Say
- TampaBay.com: New reports highlight Florida clean energy job creation and impact of cap and trade legislation
- Las Vegas Sun: Report: Las Vegas could be a hub of green jobs for less educated
Green For All accomplished so much in its first 12 months! We are honored to share it with you here in the form of our first annual report.
Want to learn exactly how we are realizing the dream of an inclusive green economy? Want to know just what the “four pillars” of Green For All’s work are? Want to be among the first to read about initiatives like the Green For All Academy, the Capital Access Program, the Community of Practice and the Green-Collar Cities Program? Then this is the report for you.
We hope you are inspired by our work and join us to do even more in 2009. Together we can create a green wave that can lift all boats.
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Across the country—in the media; in boardrooms, think tanks, and community organizations; in local and state government; in Congress and on the campaign trail—people are talking about the economic promise of clean energy. Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy puts jobs at the heart of this animated national conversation. This report talks about the kind and quality of jobs in the clean energy economy; the skills needed to fill these jobs; and how existing businesses and their workers—especially those in the beleaguered industrial heartland—can move to the center of the clean energy economy.
Greener Pathways details current economic and workforce development opportunities in three leading industries: energy efficiency, wind, and biofuels. The report also examines federal resources that can support state green jobs initiatives, and concludes by outlining a plan of action for state policymakers.
Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy. By Sarah White and Jason Walsh. Center on Wisconsin Strategy, The Workforce Alliance, The Apollo Alliance. 2008.