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Green Economy Roundtable Law Enacted in Rhode Island

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.

What States Gain and Lose Under Proposed US Senate Climate Change Bill

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, the American 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 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference: Create Jobs, Protect the Environment

05/03/2010 - 8:00pm - 05/07/2010 - 12:59am

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.

Green Buildings: Multi-State Agenda Campaign Update

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, environment groups push 'green' broadband

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.

Solar Energy Continues to Make Its Case - Now as a Job Creator

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 Becomes the First State to Mandate Green Building Legislation

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 fixtures.