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
• 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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