Mother Earth Living

The Good Life

All things Mother Earth Living

A Greener Economy: Green Jobs, Green for All

3/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: green economy, green jobs, President Obama

The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed last month provides $20 billion for investment in a greener economy. Of that, $500 million will fund training programs for green jobs, which include building a new power grid, manufacturing solar panels, weatherizing homes and office buildings, and renovating schools.

green jobs
American workers are ready for green jobs. Photo courtesy Green For All. 

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Vice President Biden wrote that funding green jobs would pay more—on average, 10 to 20 percent more than similar jobs in traditional employment sectors.  

Biden also points out that a greener nation would mean fewer expenses for Americans. Weatherizing homes could decrease heating and electricity bills by 20 to 40 percent. A cleaner environment could mean healthier families and fewer health costs. 

Vice President Biden isn’t alone in campaigning for green jobs. In 2007, Van Jones, a California-based lawyer, launched the advocacy group Green For All, which works to create new jobs with an environmental focus. Jones campaigned for the 2007 Green Jobs Act, which provides grants for training in eco-friendly trades, and he’s also worked with his local government to secure funding for similar programs in Oakland. 

“If we shut down pollution-spewing power plants and shift to renewable energy, what happens? We reduce asthma,” Jones told Natural Home last year. “If we reduce asthma, we cut expenses. If one kid with asthma doesn’t have health care, it costs the family about $10,000 a year in inhalers, lost wages and ER visits. That means if you clean up the air with renewable energy, you put $10,000 per kid per year back into the pockets of poor people.” 

We like the sound of that.

 

Learn how to land green jobs.



Related Content

Tuesday Video: A Barter Market in Barcelona

Barter markets--great big swap meets where you can trade what you don't want for things that you do-...

Tour the Pacific Northwest

Magnificent mansions, cooperative living groups, sustainable cities—get a glimpse of what the Northw...

Natural Baby Products: Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash

Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash.

2010 Predictions: Simpler, Greener Lifestyles

As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will bec...

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.