Rhode Island’s HB 7407, now Public
Law No. 2010-203, creates the Green Economy Roundtable to advise
and assist the Governor and General Assembly in advancing Rhode Island’s
green energy economy by developing a statewide action plan.
After years of states leading the fight to promote clean energy and
reverse climate change and the House passing an energy bill last year,
U.S. Senate leaders have finally introduced climate change legislation,
Power Act (APA). The bill is lengthy and complex with compromises
that many leading environmental groups object to, although other groups have more positive evaluations of the
bill as a flawed, but important step forward.
The Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference took place May 4-6 in Washington, DC, gathering thousands of union members, environmentalists, business and community leaders, and elected and administration officials to invest, innovate and take action to create good, clean energy jobs as we preserve America’s economic and environmental security.
Given that buildings continue to be the source of disproportionate
energy usage, green buildings legislation is critical to increasing
energy efficiency across the country. These initiatives include greater
performance and sustainability standards for state buildings, including
schools, providing incentives for private investments in energy
efficiency, and creating innovative loan programs like the Property
Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
Labor and environmental groups joined with the U.S. government on
Thursday to promote high speed Internet access and related technologies
to create green jobs and help lift the United States out of recession.
With more people worried about job security and the economy, state
policy leaders and several corporations are making the case for
renewable energy legislation as a job creator.
Solar energy creates and retains jobs, including those in the manufacturing industry. Texas business leaders noted in a recent report, Lone Star Power: How Texas Businesses Can Supply the World with Solar Energy,
one of the great advantages of solar plants is the large number of
components that are involved in installing solar power systems.
California unanimously approved its Green Building Standards Code dubbed “CalGreen,” making it the first state to enact a mandatory green building law. Effective January 1, 2011, Calgreen
requires that every new building reduce water consumption by 20
percent, divert 50 percent of construction waste from landfills, and
install low pollutant-emitting materials and water saving plumbing