Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I had to share this with you!

Bidder said it was easy to rig government auction

A college student who infiltrated a government auction for oil and gas parcels said he didn't plan to run up prices and disrupt the sale until an auction clerk asked him, "Are you here to bid?"
With that, Tim DeChristopher, 27, a University of Utah economics student and environmental activist, showed his driver's license, picked up bidding paddle No. 70 and quietly seated himself in the bidding hall on Friday.
He snapped up 22,500 acres of parcels between Arches and Canyonlands national parks that he doesn't plan to develop or even pay for. He also drove up prices on other bids by hundreds of thousands of dollars.....more here

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Years, new partners in Green! announces a new partnership with Along with a host of great green companies, TheSuperGreenPages will promote, a marketing company that is stepping up for climate change! A little about Gogreenexpo:
Go Green Expo, the brainchild of Bradford Rand and his team at Expo International, was conceived after a viewing of the film "An Inconvenient Truth." It prompted the question, "How can we make a difference?" This question resonated with Rand and his team and Go Green Expo was born. Rand, a producer of over 700 trade shows and job fairs over the last 14 years knew he could step up to this important challenge.
A truly unique event from the ground up, Go Green Expo will change not only the public's perception of environmentalism but also how events like this are produced and managed. Inviting companies large and small to showcase what they are doing to reduce their respective carbon footprint, consumers will have hands on experiences with "eco-friendly" alternatives to current everyday products and services.
The inaugural Go Green Expo took place in New York City in April of 2008 with 250+ exhibits, 50+ speakers, and eco-film festival & nearly 10,000 participating.
Go Green Expo invites both consumers & business owners to learn more about what is readily available so they can take steps to purchase earth friendly products & services to make our communities greener, one city at a time.

New Expos in 2009 will take place in New York, LA, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
go here to check them out:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The New Year approaching...

Well friends... The new year is approaching and after all the festivities and ringing the new year in, we start our resolutions. Why not start those resolutions now? For many of us, the new year will bring a new President, new administration, new habits to break, new weight loss to achieve, and new goals to pursue. But why not start now? If you read this blog, then you have interest in going green and/or at least what I think about it. Well, I think it's time to think green now! That may mean many different things to many different people. Green for me, means, making sustainable choices for me and my family, being active in my community, and greening my finances. I look for ways to improve my life and my community now, so my new years resolutions won't be so hard to achieve.
I recycle more than ever, exercise and walk more, by green affordable products and network with people who want to make a difference for our planet! You can also make an effort to change your habits and ways now to a greener life. Start with a list, and work on it throughout the year, but start now. People tend to believe one person can't make a difference, but anytime we seek to improve ourselves, we improve the world. If you aren't sure where to start check out some of theses books at

Want to be active in your community, check out

Want to buy green products or support green businesses, check out

Want to know more on a global scale, check out

Happy Holidays to all, Happy New Year!


Thursday, November 6, 2008


This week, people of all classes, colors and faiths stood together to elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States. No matter which candidate you supported, today we can be proud that voters chose a man of such uncommon decency to lead our nation. 5 Million 'Green Jobs' Will Jumpstart EconomyAt Green For All, we are especially excited that Obama has said building a low-carbon, clean-energy economy will be his top priority once he gets to the White House. He has pledged to create 5 million green jobs.

This massive effort to retrofit and repower America has great potential to jumpstart the economy, to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and to restore America's standing in the world.
We support this commitment - passionately. It's time for a Green New Deal.

Obama's Opponents Already Gearing UpBut the truth is: delivering on this promise won't be easy. Already the guardians of the status quo are gearing up to block progress.
CNN reported yesterday that ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp. are forecasting doom and gloom for America's economy and high energy prices, under Obama's administration. And the Heritage Foundation just released a report calling green jobs "phantom jobs" and arguing that tackling the climate crisis will result in a net loss of work opportunities for America.
Fortunately, many other, more credible reports show just the opposite - including a recent one entitled Green Recovery, from PERI and the Center for American Progress.

Supporting President ObamaThe new administration can fashion a Green New Deal to help the people and the planet. But Obama will succeed only if he gets strong support from national, grassroots organizations like ours. We want to make sure that Americans can hear the champions of green growth over all the noise from the polluters.
At Green For All, we will continue to put forth concrete proposals to spur green growth. We will continue to call for economic progress and ecological sanity. And we will continue to connect the people who most need work, to the work that most needs to get done.
And as soon as the nation is done celebrating, I will be reaching out to you, seeking your support as we continue to build a movement that can deliver on the promise of a green economic renaissance for the United States of America.

Van JonesPresident and Founder, Green For AllAuthor of The New York Times bestseller: The Green Collar Economy

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Color of change

Climate change, the energy crisis, and the lack of opportunity in many Black communities are serious problems that might seem disconnected. In reality, they're not. The Green Jobs movement, pioneered in large part by Van Jones (one of's co-founders), calls for a shared solution to these problems. Van has written an amazing new book that connects the dots between the two crises we face: our failing economy and the devastated environment--and lays out a visionary solution for both. And it speaks to a way of getting our economy back on track, from the bottom up. The Green Collar Economy comes out today, October 7th -- we're inviting you to get your own copy (and for your friends or family as well) from Amazon at a discount! We're hoping that the book will sell a lot of copies in the first few days which could help it make the bestsellers list-- increasing exposure for the plan and creating a platform for Van and others to speak about the solution. You can be one of the first to get a copy, here:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Green Job Wave

Riding the Green Job Wave
Environmental degrees meet growing demand for workers
By David Hirning
Paid environmental work used to mean getting a four-year science degree or joining a nonprofit and trying to raise awareness of issues such as rain forest destruction or endangered species.
But as issues such as climate change and ecosystem restoration enter the mainstream, so-called "green-collar" jobs -- and the training programs needed to land them -- are becoming more and more common.
One school that is capitalizing on this "green wave" is Cascadia Community College in Seattle. The school recently created a two-year program called Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices, which is specifically designed to prepare students for the growing environmental job market.
"We are responding to what employers want," says Bill Christopher, president of Cascadia. "This is not a fad -- if you look at the future, green jobs will replace a lot of the jobs that have come and gone in the United States."
These jobs range from the technical (installing solar panels) to the administrative (managing a company's plan to reduce energy costs). Cascadia students can choose their path: earn an administrative assistant degree and go straight to -- or return to -- the workforce, or transfer to a four-year program to pursue a bachelor's degree.
"The green job market will need both kinds of workers," says Sharon Buck, dean of student learning at the college. "Our program is designed to meet both demands."
A big part of Cascadia's program is placing students in internships and connecting them with people in the environmental field, paving the way to future employment. Programs range from 20 to 90 credits, and daytime, evening and online classes are all available.
Green alternatives
If you're already in the workforce and want to improve your skills or explore some of these new career alternatives, more directed training could be a good choice. Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass., offers five different environmental certificate programs targeted at returning students, including environmental site assessment, geographic information systems and coastal zone management.
There are also specific programs for fields such as clean energy technology, an area where the job market has boomed in the last couple years.
"The clean energy field is a great place to be right now," says Stephanie Brady, coordinator of the school's environmental technology program.
She notes that this field is becoming an important sector of the economy in Massachusetts, which passed the Green Communities Act of 2007 to promote renewable energy usage. "We get regular job postings for our students, even in this economy."
Advanced degrees in the environmental field are also becoming more valuable and prevalent. One of the best is the master's program at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., which has been around for more than two decades. Although it's not new, the program is suddenly drawing more interest from students who want to make a difference along with making a living.
"There's been a dramatic increase in public awareness over the last two years," says Ted Whitesell, the director of the Evergreen program. "The students are excited by what's going on, and we're seeing a lot more interest in our program for [the entering class of] 2009."
Whitesell adds that Evergreen is very accommodating of returning students, offering all of its courses at night or on weekends.

Wide variety of career options
The school also benefits from its proximity to the state government's home in Olympia. As cities and states begin to take on the challenge of building sustainable communities, green jobs are a natural outgrowth.
"The government is getting serious about climate change, but they don't know the next steps," Whitesell says. "When the city of Tumwater [Washington] signed the Kyoto Accord on global warming, the city manager didn't know what to do. We found a student for him, and after interning the student graduated right into a job with the city."
Annie Lindberg, a student in Evergreen's master's program, worked as a "sustainability" intern with Centralia Community College in Washington during the summer of 2008. Her work there involved analyzing the school's carbon footprint and making recommendations to administrators on how to reduce energy use and cut emissions.
Lindberg had previously taught marine science to young students, but now she's open to a wider range of jobs. “Evergreen allows you to look at the bigger picture," she says. "People with this degree are able to do all kinds of work, from nonprofits to government work to sustainable agriculture."
Like Cascadia, which did extensive watershed restoration around its campus when it was built in 2000, Evergreen not only talks the talk, it walks the walk. The school was recently ranked fifth in the nation in environmentally sustainable campus practices by the Sierra Club magazine. For example, Evergreen's campus has a large organic farm where students can put their learning to work while also putting food on the table.
Mainstreaming the green degree
As environmental awareness and education has gone mainstream, the bigger schools are taking notice. The Sierra Club "Cool Schools" survey noted that the debut of large public universities on its list "represents a dramatic shift even from last year."
The University of Florida, for example, ranked seventh overall in the report. Students there can major in environmental engineering sciences, but they can also opt to study a different discipline -- such as business or law -- while getting a minor in environmental studies, a program targeted at nonscience majors. The department offers a diverse range of classes, including "Biodiversity Conservation," "Ethics and Ecology," and "Environmental Economics and Resource Policy."
The fact is, many schools are scrambling to catch up to a green employment market that is constantly evolving and generating whole new job categories. David Blockstein, the director of an educational development program at the National Council for Science and the Environment, says that we don't even know what the green jobs of the future -- and the degrees needed to get them -- will look like.
"How do you develop the future climate-change solvers, the future environmental professionals that will be needed?" he says. "It's a time of turmoil -- jobs that didn't exist a couple years ago are suddenly available, which means that students already in school have to develop new skills on the fly."
Blockstein says that today's students can't just get an environmental degree and think they're done with school. "It's really about lifelong learning," he notes. "People in this field are going to have to regularly refresh their knowledge to take advantage of the new opportunities that are emerging."

About the Author
David Hirning is a freelance writer specializing in educational issues. He worked for 15 years as a journalist and as an editor for Encarta Encyclopedia.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rebuilding New Orleans Green


Global Green still needs your help to win up to $1.5 million to help rebuild New Orleans green - and it will only take a couple of clicks.
American Express' Members Project is giving away $2.5 million to deserving projects and we are in the Top 25! We need to be in the Top 5 by Sept 29th to win any funding - we are currently in 7th place and need at least a 1,000 more votes.
You must be an American Express cardholder to vote, and can do so by following these simple steps:
1. Click on this link to go to the project: Rebuilding New Orleans Green
2. Click on the VOTE FOR THIS PROJECT button below the photos
3. Use your American Express login to sign in, or create a login
4. Click the VOTE FOR THIS PROJECT button again
The funding will help Global Green build more green homes, green more schools, and create more green jobs for New Orleans' residents who have been so hard hit by Katrina and the recent hurricane activity in the Gulf.
Please pass this email on to your friends and colleagues, add to your facebook and myspace pages, and promote in any way you can. We need as many votes as possible!
We so appreciate your taking the time to vote for this worthwhile project and make a difference without even having to make a donation.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


During a shopping visit to WholeFoods with my family I was introduced to NOFA-NJ(Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey). Here is what I learned: Founded in 1985, the Northeast organic Farming Association of New Jersey(NOFA-NJ) serves as a catalyst for the development of a sustainable community-based food system. Their mission is to promote a healthy, viable food and agriculture system that helps protect and restore nature. They recognize the need of farmers to succeed economically while farming ecologically. Agriculture need not exist at the expense of the surrounding ecosystems. They actively work toward ensuring access to affordable and nutritious food for all.

They offer a variety of programs such as:
On Farm Education
Summer Sunday Farm Tours
Farm Marketing Programs
Farmer Chef Meetings
The annual Winter Conference for NJ/PA's Organic Farmers
Advocacy Work on behalf of Sustainable and Organic Farmers

Go to their site to Join and add your support!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Obama Biodiesel Plant tour

Aug. 29, 2008
Barack Obama Kicks Off Official Campaign with Biodiesel Plant TourPresidential Candidate Affirms Commitment to Energy Independence and Green Jobs with Acceptance Speech and Launching his Fall Campaign at Pennsylvania Biodiesel
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Last night, millions watched as Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President. Today, one of his first stops as the official standard bearer of his party will be a tour of Pennsylvania Biodiesel, a plant located in Monaca, just outside Pittsburgh.
"America heard Sen. Obama's commitment to investment in biofuels and the opportunity for energy independence, a cleaner environment and good paying green jobs that our industry can deliver," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, from the association's headquarters in Missouri. "We're pleased biodiesel will play a significant role in the presidential campaign discussion. A strategy for helping Americans end our reliance on foreign oil should be a bipartisan goal."
Pat Copple, president of Pennsylvania Biodiesel, said that it is an honor to have Obama visit the plant. "We're eager not only to show Sen. Obama how biodiesel is made, but how it is a sustainable part of our energy solution right now," he said. "We hope he leaves with a strong understanding of how important continued federal support is, including extension of the biodiesel tax incentive."
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and Sen. Robert Casey were also scheduled to attend. The state has taken a progressive approach in passing pro-biodiesel legislation. This year, Pennsylvania passed legislation to incentivize production, as well as a 2% mandate that takes effect one year after in-state production exceeds 40 million gallons.
"Sen. Obama made a wise choice to visit a Pennsylvania plant," said Ben Wootton, president of the Pennsylvania Biodiesel Producers Group. "Our state is on the cutting edge of producing the next wave of biofuels and encouraging Americans to make energy independence an achievable goal."
There are 171 biodiesel plants nationwide. Last year, the industry produced 500 million gallons of biodiesel. The NBB is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the U.S. Its membership is comprised of biodiesel producers, state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's time to weatherproof your home

Fall is upon us and it is time to start weatherproofing our homes. With the rising of fossil fuels, home energy cost are rising at records numbers. Preparation is key to potential energy savings. Don't think you are ready? Conduct a home energy audit and find out just how much energy and money you can save during the cold season. You can start with the obvious...cracks in doorways and windows. However there are many more sources of energy loss in our homes. Here are a few:

1. Electrical outlets
2. Switch plates
3. Window frames
4. Baseboards
5. Weather stripping around doors
6. Fireplace dampers
7. Attic hatches
8. Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.

The sooner you start the more you will save and better off your family will be this upcoming season! I'm starting now!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

a message from Matt of Global Green

With the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina behind us, it is so clear there's still much to be done: to rebuild New Orleans with its citizens AND still grasp the opportunity to build sustainably. Global Green has made tremendous progress so far in the green rebuilding of New Orleans including: creating a model of low-income green building with the Holy Cross Project in the Lower 9th Ward; greening the schools in a city with historically one of the worst educational systems in the US; and helping thousands of families to increase energy efficiency in their homes.
You can help by nominating the Rebuilding New Orleans Green project TODAY!
Please forward this information on to as many people as you can - the more people that nominate the project, the better chance we have to complete our vision for a green New Orleans! To watch a video about the project, please click here.
Thank you so much for your time,

Matt PetersenPresident, Global Green USA

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Extra extra read all about it!

Isles, Inc. is hosting a “Trenton Green Jobs Now Block Party” on September 26, 2008 12-4pm at their 10 Wood Street location (parking lot). The event is free and open to the community. Entertainment includes a local popular D.J. and motivating speakers. There will be a BBQ and plenty of refreshments. Not only does the event celebrate the national green job movement and its ….. pathways out of poverty but it announces Isles’ new venture in training Mercer County, New Jersey workers in energy and environmental jobs beginning early 2009.

Join and support the Green job Movement and help sustain our communities!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Dear D,Yesterday, four Congressional leaders joined together to demand that the Department of Labor move quickly to implement the Green Jobs Act of 2007. Led by Senator Hillary Clinton, the letter asks Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to immediately establish an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program, which was supposed to have been implemented no later than 6 months after the date of enactment of the Green Jobs Act of 2007.
More than 6 months have passed and further delay is unacceptable.
The legislators said the law "creates a sustainable, comprehensive public program to… provide quality training for jobs created through renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Experts agree: a major national investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency could create millions of jobs over the next ten years."
Demand that your government rise to the occasion and accelerate the transition to an inclusive, clean and green economy.
How can you help? Pick up the phone and call the Department of Labor.
Please add your voice by calling: 202-693-6000. When you get connected, tell the staff member that you support the full enactment of the Green Jobs Act of 2007. Tell them you expect Secretary Chao to enact this law passed by Congress and signed by President Bush.
You can also communicate your support by e-mail:
We applaud Senators Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders and House members Hilda Solis and John Tierney for their dedication and persistence in demanding full implementation of this law.
They refuse to let politicians just talk about "green jobs," but provide zero funding to train people to get them. Green jobs are the biggest idea in Congress, with the smallest level of actual follow-through from anybody. These champions are trying to correct that imbalance - and create actual pathways to green-collar jobs for tens of thousands of people.
Congress provided the legislative pathway and now it is time to make the commitment real and develop an immediate plan of action for this vital program.
For more information on the Green Jobs Act of 2007 and green-collar jobs visit our website at: JonesPresident & FounderGreen For All

Thursday, August 7, 2008

My letter from Green for all and now to you.....

Dear D,
If you're anything like me, you've been looking for a way to tell the presidential candidates to put green jobs at the top of their agendas. In a few weeks, you'll have that chance. On September 27, Green for All, 1Sky and the We Campaign will join with tens of thousands of Americans for Green Jobs Now, a national day of action for green jobs. JOIN US ON SEP 27: People from every walk of life and every corner of the country will organize events in their communities. You can join them. We've all seen the baby steps our country is taking, and that's great. But we can take a giant leap forward on September 27. Help us send the next President and Congress a clear message: America is ready for green jobs now. JOIN US ON SEP 27:
Many thanks,
Van JonesFounder and President,
Green for All

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

As you can see...

As you can see from my post yesterday, I am very concerned with the state of our youth. However, that, of course is not my only concern. When I did the research to create my site, I found a wealth of information about green jobs. The popularity of green jobs and the growth of this classification of jobs is amazing. The best part is, that many parts of our society are being helped by gaining new skills. I know some of you may say, there's no big difference in one job to the next. Ah!, But there is! You see, by opening trainings for green jobs to individuals who were ex-cons, veterans, or at risk youths, there is a senses of self sustainability. Those skills can help foster hope in a growing community of people who would otherwise be overlooked or left behind in the job market. Many of our blue collar jobs are disappearing and green collar jobs are way to replace the loss of those jobs and gain advancement of a whole new industry. I urge people in depressed areas, to look into helping your town or city with creating and training for green jobs. If you have special skills in writing grants or are a great community organizer, then by all means get started. Your community will benefit in the end!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Saving our youth!

May be is it the MOM in me but, I find it very interesting and perplexing that our children can get working papers at the age of 14(at least in New Jersey) but can't get anyone to look at their application until they are 16. When employers look at the application, they are stilling looking for experience. This is a call to business owners: I know there are jobs you don't want to do, that are not complicated and a willing 14 year old would be able to accomplish. It could be something like, raking leaves, filing papers, making copies, stuffing envelopes etc... With a young person doing these odd jobs you won't have to pay as much as you would a salary worker and therefore cheaper labor. I really feel we need to find more responsible activities for our youth for many reasons: it keeps them off the streets, turns off the TV, offers a mentor for guidance, gives them something to aspire to as well as money in their pockets. There may be some of you who agree or disagree....send me a comment and let me hear your opinion.

From the motto of the Isles Organization. Fostering Self Reliance= is also key to sustainability!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

To buy or not to buy Green.....

Today I read an article about the price point of green items. Some people who commented on article thought that green items should cost more because of the quality and some thought they should be at least comparable. Well, in my opinion, if exposure to mainstream is what the business is trying to accomplish and you really want to make the planet greener, than a higher price point is not the way to go. Sure the ingredients may be a high quality and the proof could be there that we are doing good for the planet. However, in this economy, people are looking for bargains and the expendable income is just not there like it used to be. Not everyone is willing to try a house hold cleaner that is priced at $4.99 and above (with green claims) vs the $2.09 (name brand pollutant). I believe we will a matter of fact, we are seeing a trend in making green products affordable and comparable to mainstream products. I feel that is the best way to gain exposure to people who haven't tried going green yet and to stay competitive in the market. It should not be solely capitalism that motivates a green business, it should be about ecoism!

Please let me know what you think!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Computer Recycling

As technology grows, we have a growing dependence for using computers. Most people don't even look at their phone book anymore or check a map for directions. More that 31 million PCs are thrown away each year and pile up in our landfills. Some of the environmentally hazardous components that are in the computers are lead, nickel, and cadmium. To minimize our impact on our environment with this type of waste, we should chose PC models that are upgradeable when they become outdated. If that is no longer an option, donate your PC to an asset recovery company that specializes in recycling computers and other IT equipment. If you are in the New Jersey, New York Metro area, check out If you have other recycling needs, you can find and others on

Friday, July 25, 2008

Newark, NJ Going Green & hosting a free concert!

The 3rd annual Lincoln Park Music fest starts today(July 25-27, 2008). For more information go to, or to

The green collar apprenticeship program will lead Newark to a greener future.
The GreenCAP will sponsor 100 trade licenses for Newark residents in pluming, electrical and HVAC systems.
They will also target Newark residents, veterans, ex-felons and at risk young people.
The program provides training on the LPCCD's construction projects containing United States Green Council Building (USGBC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Certified buildings.
GreenCAP graduates also receive a green certificate to verify their classroom instruction and on-the-job training on green construction projects.

"Green collar jobs rebuild a stronger middle class and provide a pathway out of poverty, but the jobs require new skills" -Van Jones, National Green Jobs Advocate/Founder, Green For All.

I think Newark, NJ should be applauded for their efforts to go green and providing people with new skills to sustain theirs and our future. Go green Newark, more to come........ onegreenmama

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 wow that's new

I always knew I had the gift of giving information. When ever I'm walking down the street or driving in my car, people stop me and ask for some type of information. Sometimes I think I have a sign on my head that says "ask her, she will know". Well I decided to redirect that energy and I created a website (with the help of some friends) to give information on green businesses. Its called I'm very happy with the content and the layout, because it is very user friendly. My webmaster deserves a great deal of credit and I am truly greatful to him for all his efforts. There is a green market place tab where you can click on what I like to call clickable coupons, that direct you to specials on other green sites. I also included a video page that I use to add green videos from YouTube. If you are reading this and you have a video to share, then email me from that page and I will post it on the top spot. The importance of a clean environment is key to our future generations. It will take the whole planet to make a difference. I want to share green things with world because I'm One Green Mama !

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