How Viable Is a Plastic Bag Tax?

Plastic bags account for 50 percent of the plastic trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. In order to decrease the amount of plastic bags in the Anacostia, the D.C. Council proposed legislation that would put a five cents tax on disposable shopping bags. Eleven council members co-introduced it, and according to a Washington Post article, … Continued

Congress Votes to Legalize Marijuana, Economy Will Benefit

Yesterday, Congress voted to legalize marijuana. President Obama said he will sign the bill into law, which creates a federal agency, the Cannabis Agency, to oversee the production and sale of marijuana. By legalizing marijuana after being in office a little over two months, Obama is following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt who legalized … Continued

What Does the White House Organic Garden Mean to the Green Economy?

Two sets of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) had made public campaigns calling on Barack Obama to rip out part of the expansive White House lawn and plant an organic garden. Dan Simon and Casey Gustowarow championed the WHOFarm (White House Organic Farm) Project, while Amanda Fuller and Justin Mog (RPCV-Paraguay) created their campaign around … Continued

Did Apollo Alliance Influence the Stimulus?

Labor and environmental groups used to be on opposite sides. However, those days are long gone, according to a recent report, High Road or Low Road: Job Quality in the New Green Economy. The report mentions the 2004 creation of an alliance of labor, environmental groups, business, and social justice leaders called Apollo Alliance. The … Continued

A Vital Piece Missing in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act

Also known as the stimulus package, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), along with Van Jones‘ appointment as Green Jobs Czar, will help American workers get back to work with job training and incentives for green initiatives. The subject has been well covered in the blogosphere and with good reason. Interest in the green … Continued

Do You Know Where LA Gets Its Water?

California is in its third year of drought. Last summer Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency Proclamation for the San Joaquin Valley’s nine counties, an area considered to be the agricultural center of the world. Schwarzenegger characterized the drought as the “the most significant water crisis” in the state’s history. The drought has … Continued

Greening Buildings to Create Jobs

By Gavin Newsom What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “green building?” Sleek new structures with skins of advanced glass and recycled steel that blend into the landscape, facades and roofs draped in a combination of daylight-harvesting windows, wildlife habitat, and photovoltaics? New construction affords the flexibility to build contemporary masterpieces, like the … Continued

Business Week vs. The White House?

When was the last time you read Business Week? As print media publications continue to fall like dinosaurs, I can’t help but liken their demise to the the decline of an old way of thinking about business – the all or nothing, single bottom line, us vs. those hippies way of thinking. We’ve been getting … Continued

Are Green Jobs Good Paying Jobs?

During an address to Congress last month, President Obama said, “To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy.” In other words, we need a “green” economy. However, will the jobs created by … Continued

Is H2O the new CO2?

When it comes to urgent environmental crises, water is clearly in a class of its own. Few other issues have the same far-reaching impact on human health and well-being, economic sustainability, or national security. After all, you can live without oil; you can’t live without water. So it’s no surprise that many of the latest … Continued

Van Jones to be Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

When Van Jones speaks, people listen. Whether it’s a public library full of unemployed high school drop-outs, an audience of environmentalists at San Franciso’s Green Expo, or a board meeting of Wall Street big shots. And it’s not just due to his piercing brown eyes and boyish charm (sorry, ladies; he’s married). Whether you’re talking … Continued

Breaking News: Van Jones Chosen as Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar”

Ed Update: Now it’s official! While still not officially confirmed, the buzz from those in the know is that Van Jones, green visionary and founder of Green For All, will be tapped as president Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar.” A central focus of the Obama administration’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Plan is the creation of 3.5 … Continued

Twin Crises: Economy and Climate Are the Opportunity of Our Times

World leaders need to act this year to address the twin economic crisis and climate change in an integrated manner. Despite the challenges and costs, doing so can open up the opportunities of a lifetime and lay the foundation for sustainable growth and reflation of the world economy, Sir Nicholas Stern asserts in a McKinsey Quarterly video interview.

There’s Money and Enthusiasm Aplenty for the Smart Grid, But No Standards Framework

The much ballyhooed smart grid might be buoyed by the stimulus bill, which appropriates $4.5 billion in direct spending to modernize the electricity grid with smart-grid technologies (part of the $11 overall for spending related to the smart grid), but that doesn’t mean there’s a clear, easy path to smartening up the grid. That was … Continued