Green Jobs, Green Economy

On November 18, 2010, in Boston, by Nathan

Any effort to rein in the emissions that cause global climate change must include weatherizing homes, and making buildings more energy efficient.  As Kalia Lydgate, the Director of the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative (and a Planeteer) informs us in the video below, buildings are responsible for an estimated 40% of carbon emissions! That means that focusing on energy efficiency in buildings can make a huge difference.

In addition to the environmental impacts, leaders like Van Jones, and his organization Green for All make a compelling case that programs to improve energy efficiency can also create jobs where they are needed most.  What’s more, having an energy efficient home saves homeowners a ton of money.

Kalia is on a mission to weatherize thousands of homes in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Along the way, she will create scores of jobs, save New Bedford residents about $7,000,000 in utility bills, and take a huge bite out of New England’s carbon emissions.

Kalia does much of this work through bringing the community together for ‘barn-raising’ events in which a team of volunteers weatherize a few home on a Saturday.  Kalia’s leadership, along with the visionary support of the Mayor of New Bedford, P.A.C.E. Youth Build, the Marion Institute and others, are making a real difference in the community.

You can read about Kalia’s efforts, and learn how you can get a similar program started in your city at the Green Jobs, Green Economy page here.

TPIY!

Tagged with:  

9 Responses to “Green Jobs, Green Economy”

  1. Jac says:

    Just remember that if you have absolutely no airflow in your home not only will you have stale air with little oxygen, you may also get deadly radon gaseous which naturally come out of the ground. 100% airtight home is not good, but good insulation and airflow is. Remember also that taking care of a small tree and plants in your home will not only balance out the humidity, but will also naturally revitalize the air around you. Having a plant brings warmth and color to your day, and the Captain would approve.

  2. triouvzsitz says:

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  3. aramnitso says:

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  4. arminioun says:

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  5. You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  6. Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  7. Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  8. Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  9. Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.