New Yorkers, be sure not to miss this holiday event!
Obama Pledges Massive Public Works Program
“President-elect Barack Obama promised Saturday to create the largest public works construction program since the inception of the interstate highway system a half century ago as he seeks to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy,” says the New York Times.
Obama seeks to go beyond traditional infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges, and include green jobs that reduce energy use and global warming emissions, as well as “school construction, laying broadband lines, instituting medical information technologies” which could save costs.
“Making our economy more energy efficient,” says Obama, could drive down costs. “We can emerge leaner, meaner, and ultimately more competitive and more prosperous.”
Some of this work is already underway of course, and several events this week can help you learn more:
The Green California Schools Summit
Monday, Dec 8th – Wed, Dec 10th. Anaheim Convention Center
Call them sustainable, environmentally friendly, healthy or high-performance. The greening of California’s schools is well underway, and a growing number of the state’s 6.3 million students and 307,000 teachers are increasingly feeling the benefits. The Green California Schools Summit will help you learn more.
The Future is Energy Efficient Buildings
Tuesday, December 9th. 5:30 – 8:30 pm CPUC Bldg. SF
Join industry and government experts for Clean Tech Open’s Green Building Symposium: a lively discussion of the future of commercial and residential buildings with thought leaders from the federal and state government, research and academia, leading venture capitalists and green building executives. Come engage with us—we welcome your questions, technology ideas and challenges, and market opportunities—so we can together shape the new buildings economy.
Greening Your Small Business
Wednesday, Dec 9. 3:00 pm. Muse/Dekker Studio, 22 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Urban Solutions SF is offering a free seminar on Greening your Small Business. Learn how your small business can take low cost, high impact measures to better the environment and save money.
Pervious Concrete: A Stormwater Solution
Wednesday, Dec 10 7:30am – 3:30pm. PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center 851 Howard St. SF
This all-day seminar provides detailed instruction on how to implement pervious concrete pavements as a solution to reducing stormwater runoff from building sites and other paved areas.
Building a Clean Energy Future
Wednesday, December 10, 2008. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info here. Pre-Registration Required.
Michael Brune, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, and author of the acclaimed book Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal will present his perspective on how we, as business people, can accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. In this interactive session, we will discuss:
–How the twin crises in the economy and our climate present real opportunities for substantive progress in early 2009.
–Where we must still “play defense” to prevent deeper investments in the Canadian tar sands, “clean coal,” and burning rainforests for biofuels.
–How the business and advocacy communities can join forces to advance pragmatic but aggressive solutions to fight climate change.
Introduction to Urban Permaculture
Thursday, Dec 11. 7-9pm. Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.
Hear and see local permaculture designers from the Ecological Division of Merritt College. Teachers will be on hand to present a quick overview of their classes and what motivates them to live their passions for urban sustainability. Come see what’s been incubating at this little 7-acre gem in the Oakland Hills. Christopher Shein will talk about the large food forest and garden built by students and the Permaculture Design Certificate program. Hear about the Regenerative Design Class, Natural Building, and Growing Mushrooms. Find out where and how to plug-in to the local permaculture scene.
Have a Great Week!