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!


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