Green Economy

Greener Reality: Jobs Skills and Equity in a Cleaner US Economy

Sarah White

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy’s (COWS) latest report is the third in a series that looks at what works (and what does not) in the green economy. Author Sarah White argues for a more coherent, cross-sectoral and broad-based approach to developing human capital and greening community economic development that is driven by equity, democratic participation, and sustainability. After reviewing the current gloomy realities of green politics, the report offers a number of possible interventions — highlighting best practices and lessons learned — that bring together workers, employers, industry and training systems in and out of typical clean energy sectors.

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'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...