Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Green Jobs for a Green Future: Weatherization

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2009 AT 11:25 AM
Green Jobs for a Green Future: Weatherization
Posted by Jesse Lee
We have heard from Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, on some of the seedlings of a clean energy economy before. And back in May he introduced us to the enormous potential of weatherizing buildings and homes. Today, as part of a week where the Cabinet is out in force pushing through key energy-related projects and initiatives, Van comes back again to show us how weatherizing homes will be a major source of jobs in neighborhoods like yours as the President’s vision for a clean energy economy becomes reality. See if you can watch the video and not be excited about what the future holds here.
Van Jones will also be back with us for a live-streamed chat through Facebook and at 3:00 this afternoon to talk about the future of green jobs in America. Join us.

UPDATE: Good, related new from the Labor Department. An excerpt from their release:

During a visit to Memphis today, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced five grant competitions, totaling $500 million, to fund projects that prepare workers for green jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

"Emerging green jobs are creating opportunities for workers to enter careers that offer good wages and pathways to long term job growth and prosperity," said Secretary Solis. "Workers receiving training through projects funded by these competitions will be at the forefront as our nation transforms the way we generate electricity, manufacture products and do business across a wide range of industries."

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