Green For All, a national organization based in California, devoted to the development and expansion of the green economy, has launched a late October campaign to raise awareness about the importance of green jobs. The timing is critical because of the potential impact on the green economy if Proposition 23 should pass.
This proposition, which would repeal California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 was backed by oil companies such as Valero and Tesoro, as well as Koch Industries who put a tremendous amount of money into this campaign, and backed the effort to put this proposition on the ballot for next week’s election. Green For All claims that this proposition would put a major damper on green jobs, which have been growing briskly in California, outpacing conventional job growth by as much as ten to one. The group has put out a video that dramatizes these concerns.
The bus, which is really a hybrid SUV, will be touring ten California cities including Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno, and Los Angeles.
Today, the bus arrived in Sacramento where its participants visited the CSU Clean Tech Showcase and the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and learned about the Go Green Initiative which aims to make the six-county Sacramento region a leader in sustainability. They have a new clean green technology center that they hope will become a focal point. The Asian Pacific Chamber is focusing its attention on the role that small businesses can play. Chamber President Patricia Fong Kushida described a major Smart Grid initiative that is just getting under way.
The bus riders also spoke with Sacramento Mayor, former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson who described some of the opportunities for green jobs in Sacramento. His vision is to transform Sacramento into the Emerald Valley and become the greenest region in the country. The Clean Tech sector in Sacremento has experienced a national best green job growth rate of 87% over the past decade, Over 100 Clean Tech companies in the area employ over 2000 people. They hope to continue this growth based on what Johnson calls the three I’s: Intellectual capital, Innovation and Influencers.
As for Proposition 23, Johnson calls it a green job killer. “This is the one growing sector in California, in a very down economy.” So why would anyone want to kill that?
I think we all know the reason. Starts with M and rhymes with funny.
You can follow the bus tour here.
As of this posting this bus was on its way to LA.