Green Economy

Green Festival

November 10th, 2012 to November 11th, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Groundwork Providence

Through their Environmental Job Training program Groundwork Providence offers individuals from low-income communities a comprehensive job readiness program, job development and placement assistance, case management and referrals, and basic skills training in math and English so they can successful launch a career in Sustainable Landscaping or Brownfield Remediation.  The organization also hires high school students in inner-city areas of Providence for an eight-week period to participate in environmental education programs and community service projects.

Raquel Pinderhughes

In this edition, Raquel Pinderhughes, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Literacy Curriculum Project, which manages Roots of Success, discusses her journey to develop an educational program that offers hard to employ youth and adults the training and support they need to access careers in the green economy. Her priority going forward is to continue to scale up, accessing more programs and people that have been failed by the education system to provide them with opportunities to access jobs and improve their communities.

What Green Means for Communities

Shelterforce

Shelterforce's summer 2008 issue profiles green community building with stories on Sustainable South Bronx, green building, and urban gardening.

William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative

Launched in August 2006, the Clinton Climate Initiative aims to apply a business-oriented approach to the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways. In its first phase, the program is working with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a group of large cities dedicated to tackling climate change, to develop and implement a range of actions that will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Read more about William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative ...

US Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit group that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods and works to expand green building practices and education. The group is perhaps best known for its nationally recognized LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. Read more about US Green Building Council...

US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Recyclable Energy

Funded at over $1.7 billion in Fiscal Year-2008, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Recyclable Energy provides grant support for alternative energy technology development in such areas as biomass and biofuels, solar power, wind power, advanced vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells. Read more about US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Recyclable Energy...

Union of Concerned Scientists

Begun as a collaborative effort between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists is now an alliance of more than 200,000 citizens and scientists. One of its primary areas of inquiry concerns policies to mitigate global warming, including the development of energy efficiency and recyclable energy. Read more about Union of Concerned Scientists...

Renewable Fuels Association

Founded in 1981, the Renewable Fuels Association is the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry. It promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol. Read more about Renewable Fuels Association...

One Sky

Created in 2007, One Sky's goal is to focus the attention of millions of Americans on the single goal of extensive federal action to reverse global warming by 2010. Their solutions include five million green jobs; an immediate freeze on climate pollution levels, reduced 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2050; and no new coal plants. Read more about One Sky...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory began in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. It was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy in September 1991 and its name changed to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at that time. Today, it serves as the principal research laboratory for the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. From 2002 to 2006 its annual budget was flat in the $200-$230 million a year range. In Fiscal-Year 2007, its budget jumped up to $378.4 million. Read more about National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil. Read more about National Biodiesel Board...

Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Waste to Wealth Program

Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self Reliance's “Waste to Wealth” program has helped to convert wastes from environmental and economic liabilities into valuable resources that contribute to community development. Areas of focus include supporting the development of sustainable biomaterials to replace fossil-fuel-based plastics, developing green industrial parks, salvaging building materials through deconstruction, and promoting zero waste planning and recycling-based economic development (in place of waste incineration projects). Read more about Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Waste to Wealth Program...

Green for All

With its West Coast headquarters in Oakland, Green For All is a national group that aims to build an inclusive green economy in a way that alleviates poverty and pollution at the same time. Read more about Green for All...