Economics (News)

EPA's "environmental justice" tour comes to California

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 10:57am

Environmental justice, a movement to focus attention on pollution in low-income communities, is a burning cause for Lisa Jackson, the first African American to head the U.S. Environmental Protection agency.  Over the last several months, Jackson has toured poor white, black and Latino communities with a message: Eco-issues aren't just for rich folks.

On Saturday, the EPA chief took a bus tour of low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area, stopping at a Superfund site where the federal government is coordinating toxic chemical cleanup, and an urban food cooperative.

Pleasanton to host green living fair

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 12:05pm
PLEASANTON -- In its bid to become the greenest city in the state, Pleasanton will host a Green Scene Fair for local employees and residents from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the CarrAmerica Conference Center, 4400 Rosewood Dr.

The fair will feature 75 vendors that specialize in green practices, including air, water, waste, commuting and transportation, healthy homes and healthy living and energy. Fuel efficient vehicles will also be on display and sustainably produced food will be sold.

The event is part of a series of activities the city has planned as part of its climate action plan it will adopt as part of a settlement it reached with Urban Habitat. The environmental justice group sued the city and won over its voter-approved housing cap of 29,000 units, saying it prevented the city from meeting is share of regional housing needs.

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Get Down and Dirty Oakland!

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/08/2010 - 9:26am
Down & Dirty10 October 2010 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Fed up with all the hot air around climate change? Then roll up your sleeves and get down and dirty Oakland-style, with hundreds of your friends and neighbors this October 10 at Laney College!

We'll revitalize Laney College's community garden, offer skills-building workshops, pass the mic to dynamic speakers, and bring together local leaders for climate justice. Help support Oakland's climate action plan by building community access to healthy, affordable food! We'll also kick off a statewide Clean Energy Tour featuring some of Oakland's top hip hop talent, while educating folks about the threat to our communities from Prop 23.

Sponsored by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Bay Localize, Ella Baker Center, CommuniTree, Greenpeace, HOPE Collaborative, and Laney College this will be an anchor event among dozens of gatherings happening around the Bay Area as part of's "Global Work Party" on 10.10.10. Get involved with local climate solutions!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Yummy local food also available.

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Join us for the Bay Area's biggest day of climate action ever!

Green jobs: Reality check at Sunset Reservoir

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 11:39am

When San Francisco’s Sunset Reservoir solar project is completed later this year, it will be one of the largest installations of its kind in the country. A sea of 25,000 solar panels kicking out five megawatts of clean, green energy, Sunset Reservoir holds the distinction of drawing 30 percent of its project workforce from the city’s most economically disadvantaged communities, including Bayview Hunters Point.

White House Environmental Adviser Van Jones Resigns Citing “Vicious Smear Campaign Against Me”

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/09/2009 - 3:15pm

The Obama administration’s special adviser for environmental jobs, Van Jones, has resigned citing what he described as a “vicious smear campaign” against him. For the past month, Fox News has run a series of reports on Jones’s alleged association with communists and his decision to sign a petition calling for a congressional probe of the 9/11 attacks. Jones is the founding president of Green for All and author of the book The Green Collar Economy. We speak with James Rucker, who co-founded the group Color of Change with Van Jones, and with Malkia Cyril, founder of the Center for Media Justice. We also talk to Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP.

Vestas Wind Turbine factory occupation ends

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 3:48pm

Two weeks ago sacked workers on the Isle of Wight, off the British coast, occupied their plant to protest the loss of 600 skilled jobs. The Danish owned transnational Vestas Turbines closed the manufacturing plant and the accompanying research facility claiming that it was unprofitable. This was the only wind turbine manufacturer in Britain.



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