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Climate Justice: Promoting Equity in Dealing with Climate Change

Too often, the impact that policies and measures have on low-income and marginalized communities is considered only as an after thought, if at all. Climate change policies are no exception.  

Washington House Passes Bill to Create Green Jobs

The Washington State House has voted to establish a comprehensive "green economy jobs growth initiative" that aims to increase the number of green jobs to 25,000 by 2020. "Green jobs" is the term used to describe the good-paying, sustainable jobs that are created through environmentally sensible projects. For example, increased energy efficiency requirements will require work retrofitting buildings all across America with solar panels, insulation and other weatherizing materials. The federal Green Jobs Act of 2007, which authorized $125 million per year to create green jobs worker training programs, was included in the recently enacted Energy Independence and Security Act.

Mass Transit Projects Provide Transportation Equity and Workforce Development

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spent less than 24 hours reviewing a transit plan that would create jobs, increase safety, fund better local public transit, and reduce gridlock on the state's roads before he vetoed it. The transit package was backed by a wide coalition of unions, the Chamber of Commerce, and environmental advocacy groups. In calling for the legislature to overturn the veto, the state's AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron said that the sorry condition of roads, bridges, and transit services in the state "has a negative impact on every worker and business in the state. Investments in our transportation infrastructure would help our state's businesses -- and create 33,000 jobs a year for the next five years."

Pay Dirt: Restoration Economies Uncover Gold (and Green)

Increasingly, elected leaders are recognizing the economic opportunity of promoting a "Restoration Economy," the development of economic activities, such as jobs and increased tourist revenues, that stems directly from restoring damaged natural resources. Restoration activities and projects are typically divided into two sectors: restoration of the natural environment, such as ecosystems, watersheds, mining land, and forests, and restoration of the built environment, such as brownfields and superfund sites. Restoring and rehabilitating communities and natural environments is estimated to be a $1.5-$2 trillion a year global investment opportunity.

How Exploited "Independent Contractor" Truckers Drive Pollution in Our Ports

It's well-known that deregulation of the trucking industry has led to worse working conditions in the industry and lower safety standards on the road. But new coalitions are focusing on the way conditions in the trucking industry contribute to pollution that chokes trucking hubs like our ports.

Green Jobs Corps in Oakland, CA

Oakland's City Council unanimously approved allocating $250,000 as seed money to create the nation's first Green Jobs Corps. Oakland's Green Jobs Corp will provide complete job training for residents that have had barriers to employment. The job training includes case managements skills and vocational training in areas such as bio-fuels manufacturing and solar panel installation. Participants in the program finish with paid internships in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.