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Iowa Governor awards Green For All, The Black Eyed Peas

Authors: Karen Monahan Originally published on on Friday, March 26th. Karen Monahan works for Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM), and is an alumni of the Green For All Academy. Last night I flew from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Des Moines, Iowa, where The Black Eyed Peas were playing. As a Green For All Academy Fellow, I was honored to receive a special award on behalf of Green For All from Governor Chet Culver of Iowa. Plus, I got to meet The Black Eyed Peas, who Governor Culver also awarded for their work to raise awareness about what “green” can mean for America’s communities. “The State of Iowa is a national leader in green initiatives and we honor The Black Eyed Peas and Green For All for their ongoing commitment to raising awareness of the importance of a transition to renewable energy sources and green job creation,” Governor Culver said in a press release. It was really great to see the younger generation, public officials, grassroots organizers, Ludicrous and the Peas all coming together around the promise of the green economy. The most exciting part for me was forging new connections and reaching out across lines to help further my work at Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM). We often talk about working together and helping each other out across lines, yet we often find competition, and are in conflict with our surrounding states over federal grants, enticing people to come to our state for jobs, enticing businesses to invest in our region, etc. But yesterday was a good day for solidarity. There has been tension between Minnesota and Iowa. See, Iowa is way ahead of Minnesota in terms of green industries, with wind energy farms and turbine manufacturing in particular. However, I learned yesterday that it also has the highest incarceration rate of African Americans. After receiving the award, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with State Representative Wayne Ford and discuss what each of our states is working on – our strengths and weaknesses. We realized that we have a chance to help each other to make sure that both of our states have what they need to progress. We made a commitment to meet next week to discuss concrete steps we’ll take to assist each other, including perhaps setting up a conference call with other interested officials and advocates. The green economy is about lifting up the whole country, and helping those with the least prosper. I walked away with a connection and understanding that is extremely important for building the green economy. I never thought I would be working with Iowa. This is one more example of how we can help each other, so that everyone wins. There’s enough for all of us, when we can show reciprocity. I also want to say thank you to Green For All for helping to make another powerful connection to help bring the green economy to the next level. Go Black Eyed Peas! Go Green Economy!

Make Florida Fair: Lessons for the green economy from the housing boom and bust.

Authors: Hashim Yeomans-Benford, Miami Workers Center

Hashim Yeomans-Benford is a community organizer with the Miami Workers Center and a Green For All Academy Fellow. Hashim is currently working on a campaign to win green jobs and housing for low-income communities in Miami. 

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Produce Production in Ward 5

Authors: Gigi Traore

Gigi Traore is a Green For All Academy Fellow; Cleveland, OH, Ward 5 resident; activist; and past City Council candidate who has resided in the Carver Park community for over three years. It is her hope that her work with Green For All will help educate residents on the benefits of the Green Economy, as well as offer training programs needed for them to become community leaders.

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Green for All Academy Fellows host solar-powered hip hop concert

Authors: Alli Chagi-Starr

Last weekend, Green For All Academy Fellows Zakiya Harris and Ambessa Cantave hosted the second annual Grind for the Green - a Solar-Powered Hip Hop Concert in San Francisco.

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Green Roof Cooperatives, On the Way in New York!

Authors: Janae Shields

Janae Shields is the Executive Accounts Manager at Goodwill Industries, NY and a Green For All Academy Fellow.

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Green for All Fellow in the News

Authors: yvonne Congratulations to John Moore, a Green for All Academy Fellow, who was featured in the New York Times on Tuesday for the work he's done to rebuild his hometown of New Orleans, and rebuild it green. Excerpt cross-posted from the New York Times.

Sustainable New Orleans Slowly Rises in Katrina's Wake

14 Jul 2009
NEW ORLEANS -- People here are finally seeing a bright side to the catastrophic damage done four years ago by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The city is being rebuilt slowly as what many hope will be a clean, green model for the nation. "After the storm events happened, now everybody is interested in the environment," said Wynecta Fisher, director of the city's Office of Environmental Affairs. "I hate to say that it came at a good time, but because of the storm, we've been able to build on that momentum." There is a big push in the Big Easy for dramatically improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings. The city has purchased a fleet of hybrid buses and has plans to install solar-powered LED streetlights. And the renewable energy sector is drawing up grandiose plans for using hydrokinetic turbines to tap powerful currents in the Mississippi River to generate electricity. Among the foot soldiers in the sustainability movement is fourth-generation New Orleanian John Moore, who left for college in Atlanta several years ago, with no plans of returning. But as floodwaters receded and his family struggled to patch up their lives, Moore returned as part of the "green" recovery effort. "I'd seen the chaos," he said, "and I knew something needed to change." Working first for the nonprofit, Global Green USA, Moore helped start redevelopment certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in the Lower 9th Ward, a thriving working-class neighborhood that Katrina turned into a ghost town. Then Moore, a certified energy rater with a background in architecture, moved to city government to work on "GreeNOLA," a plan drafted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology students. The step-by-step GreeNOLA guide is aimed at boosting the city's existing sustainability policies and environmental leadership. It also sets longer-term goals and milestones, such as boosting the use of renewable energy produced in the region, re-establishing a citywide recycling program, conducting a greenhouse gas emissions study and revamping city transit. Excerpt courtesy of the New York Times. Yvonne Yeh is an online intern at Green for All.

Denver green jobs meeting with Green For All aids local efforts

Authors: jj When the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC) heard the rumblings of the green jobs movement beginning in the Denver area, they called on Green For All to facilitate a roundtable discussion on opportunities in Colorado. The meeting was hosted by the Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition (GJIC), a Denver "eco-justice" group that was inspired by Green For All. "The CEC wanted to discuss some next steps, to keep up with the good work Green For All is doing," said Reverend Ambrose Carroll, the GJIC's facilitator and a Green For All Academy Fellow. "It was a CEC powwow with Green For All," he said. "It was educational and it was inspiring." The Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition rallies and educates communities about environmental justice through churches, and has developed an innovative strategy to "green" the Denver area and create local green jobs. The plan is to put solar panels on 200 Denver area churches within 8 months, starting in July. 40 churches have already signed up for the program. GJIC is working to find individuals, companies and small banks to purchase the solar panels. This is a win-win situation: there is no cost to the churches, and the solar panel purchasers will be paid back through the churches' energy bill savings. Labor needed for panel installation will create green jobs to be filled by local workers. The Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition got a major boost from the CEC out of the roundtable. As a result of that meeting, Green For All Academy fellows Rev. Carroll, Ashara Ekundayo and Isaac Medrano spearheaded a new partnership between the Colorado Environmental Coalition, Blue and Yellow Logic, and Democracia USA, to help the Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition with their church solar panel project. The importance of building working alliances between organizations is highlighted by the GJIC's strategy. Rev. Carroll said the GJIC would need to function as a general contractor, contracting out solar panels from SunPower Corporation and labor from local organizations. Mile High Youth Corps, an organization that places youth into green jobs, has agreed to work on churches in partnership with the Faith Building Alliance. Faith Building Alliance is a GJIC program in conjunction with Turnabout, an organization that puts formerly incarcerated men back into the workforce. Rev. Carroll described the Green For All meeting as a step towards achieving a unique goal for Denver: to become "a repository of everything green" in Colorado, and a model city for the rest of the country. "Socially, we'll all be strengthened by the work that we do," he said. "The roundtable meeting helped us to understand how we can support each other." J.J. Barrow is an Online Communications Intern at Green For All.

Climate and economy no longer at odds: New study finds Miami to have over 25,000 new jobs with green investments

Authors: Joe Naroditsky

Joe Naroditsky is the director of Faiths United for Sustainable Energy (FUSE) and a Green For All Academy Fellow.

For decades, the world’s most highly regarded scientists and academics have been analyzing the impacts of human-induced climate change. At the same time, economists, politicians, and the fossil fuel industry have threatened that addressing this global crisis would be too expensive, and send the global economy and associated quality-of-life spinning retrograde into the dark ages.

Additionally, we’ve been told that low-income communities will bear the brunt of the increased energy costs that would accompany any solution to climate change.

However, a pair of new studies prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI) with the Center for American Progress (CAP), Green For All, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), show that Miami, among other major cities, would benefit greatly from broad investment in green technology by the public and private sectors.

The research indicates that an economy-wide investment of $150 billion in renewable energy and energy efficiency would create hundreds of thousands of new green jobs and begin to reverse the trend of increasing unemployment rates in the US. Moreover, the research suggests that low-income communities would do very well under such an investment – nearly half of the jobs created would be accessible to individuals with little formal education.

Miami would see a net increase of over 25,000 new jobs, over half of which would be accessible to those with a high school degree or less, such as jobs in construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Further, these jobs would pay over $13 per hour with opportunities for increased compensation over time.

These green jobs are good jobs. They are jobs that will help our homes use less energy, build a public transportation infrastructure, sell and install solar panels, grow organic produce, and much more. These are jobs that are good for our environment, our community, and future generations who are depending on us to build a viable economy and a sustainable world.

Miami-Dade has long been a local leader in addressing climate change and has recently extended that leadership by being one of the first municipalities to adopt the Local Governments Green Jobs Pledge, a commitment to make well-paying, environmentally-sustainable jobs a centerpiece of the county’s economic development strategy. There are many local organizations already working to create programs that will recruit, train, and employ individuals in emerging green sectors.

The only uncertainty remains funding – the $150 billion referred to in the studies above, which would come from federal and private sector investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. With legislation currently being debated in the halls of Congress that could make such investments possible, it’s time Miami-Dade residents let their Representatives know how critical green jobs are to our economy, our livelihoods, and our future.

Reflections from the 3rd Green For All Academy

Authors: Mahfam Malek Mahfam Malek is a Program Manager for the Green For All Academy. Last week, something magical happened here in Oakland. A group of 48 activists, artists, community leaders, spiritual leaders, and other folks who are integral to creating, growing, and sustaining an equitable and green economy gathered. They came from all over: Detroit to Philly, Ottawa to Denver, San Francisco to Santa Fe, Williamson, WV to Milwaukee, WI. They represented cities, tribal communities, students & youth, communities affected by the coal industry, folks with barriers to employment, and more. And they came together to form the third class of the Green For All Academy - a year-long fellowship kicked off by a three-day training in leadership development, communication & story-telling, media presentation skills, and more. The Academy also gave the participants the opportunity to connect with one another, to discuss their work, lives, and communities. There were many "A-ha!" moments - you know, the ones that reminds you that you are not alone. By day, the Fellows went through workshops, met in small groups, and honed their communication and presentation skills. In the evenings, over dinner, they bonded with one another, discussed work, and met some of Green For All's staff. Now, armed with training, new networks, and ongoing support, these dedicated and brilliant folks are back out in their communities, growing ever stronger as they serve their people and their country, and spread the message of an inclusive, clean energy economy. In our last moments together, I shared with the group that after hearing their stories, seeing their hard work, and having the vision of all of them in one room together ingrained in my memory, that I could not conceive of ever having a hopeless moment again. And indeed, while we know that there is much to do, we also know that in communities all over the nation, there are folks dedicated to seeing that it gets done.