Community Jobs in the Green Economy,  is a reflection of our shared belief in the potential of the “green economy” to generate quality jobs in our nation’s low-income commun%altities and communities of color. We believe that America and the Bay Area can move toward energy independence while simultaneously creating high-skill and high-wage jobs for residents of low-income urban communities – residents who have not historically benefited from economic development strategies. Our goal is to provide a roadmap for community organizers, economic development practitioners, labor representatives, and city managers who wish to learn about and create high quality, green jobs in their communities. 

 

Global temperatures are on the rise, and our local communities – largely low income people and people of color— stand on the front lines of environmental, economic, and social crisis. At the same time, the emerging green economy holds great opportunity for America’s cities, and especially for our low-income, heavily minority urban communities.


Every aspect of clean energy development, from manufacturing to construction to operating and maintenance, can create good jobs, clean up the air and water, and save saving consumers money on their energy bills. Every city and community in the United States has some potential to capitalize on this new economy, whether through good wind or solar resources or through retrofit programs to bring old, dilapidated buildings up to energy efficiency codes.

Community Jobs in the Green Economy features:
• Descriptions of Jobs related to:
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Solar PV
Wind Power
Geothermal Energy
Biofuels
• Profiles of Workers and Career Pathways
• Policy Guidance for Creating New, High-Quality Jobs
• Examples of Successful Workforce Development Partnership


The Apollo Alliance and Urban Habitat are committed to fighting for a clean energy future that benefits not only businesses and the environment, but also workers and low-income communities. We hope this report serves as a framework for states, cities and neighborhoods invested in these same fundamental ideals.

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