green jobs

What's a Green Job?

Good question. There’s no official definition but many people have ideas. The theory around here is that building sustainable principals into our economy is not only going to make us happier and healthier it also lays the groundwork for a stronger economy in the traditional sense. This labor day (and a few days before and after) we’ll be asking questions, telling stories, and bringing in a host of experts to kick off a conversation.

This special series features regular Triple Pundit contributors as well as guests who were asked to comment on the idea of “green jobs” and a “green economy” – what they’re doing to advance these ideas or whether they even mean anything at all.

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The Green Economy: Strategies for Building Green Jobs Development Initiatives

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 In February of last year, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. …

Job and Wealth Creation at the Grassroots Level – A Working Model In Cleveland

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing an update on jobs and…
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Green Jobs Still a Small Part of the Economy

A new report from US Department of Commerce titled “Measuring the Green Economy” reminds all of us who do believe green is the…

Urban Revitalization: Replicating the Success in Other Cities

At last week’s Social Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, the Democracy Collaborative gave an inspiring talk about economic revitalization in Cleveland, OH, a…

Creating Green Jobs From Urban Blights–The Cleveland Experience

In last week’s Social Enterprise World Forum, the Democracy Collaborative discussed how they engaged ‘anchor institutions’ to generate local economic development by helping…

Using Anchor Institutions to Create Sustainable Communities–The Cleveland Experience

At the Social Enterprise World Forum in San Francisco last week, attendees were treated to insights and resources from successful social enterprises around…

Buying American Wind

Growing up in Essex, Maryland — a very blue collar section of Baltimore County — the phrase “Buy American” was more than just a…
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Report Identifies Energy Efficiency Personnel Bottleneck, Calls for More Training

The energy efficiency services sector is set to boom, but a lack of qualified personnel could jeopardize that growth, according to a new report (PDF)…
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Are Green Jobs the Business of Government?

Given the collision of two crises, one economic and the other environmental, our leaders need to understand their priority both in terms of…

Can the EPA’s Lisa Jackson Rally Black Communities Around the Environment?

Lisa Jackson is making strong statements about environmental justice. Are they typical Obama administration bluster or do they represent actual changes at the…

S4 Breaks Trash Down to Component Atoms, Recombines Using Plasma

Since I’ve been covering Waste Management (WM) over the past few weeks, I couldn’t pass up this most recent news. Waste Management has…

Are Texas Oil Companies Funding Initiative to Roll Back AB32?

In 2006, the State of California passed a landmark piece of legislation known as AB32. The bill requires California to reduce emissions of…

3p & University of Kansas to Tweet Green Jobs

The idea of “Green Jobs” is a favorite subject around here, especially in tough economic times. The idea is that, however you define…

Why a National Renewable Energy Standard *Is* a Jobs Bill

While we're stoked that jobs bill passed, Congress must stop ignoring another major source of jobs- a national renewable energy standard. AWEA and…

Four Strategies for Green Job Creation

Maximize Regional Strengths Not unique from any economic development strategy, it is important to examine community assets to boost green job development. Toledo,…