Urban Planners on List of Top 10 “Best Green Jobs”
Fast Company just released its list of “10 Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade.” Along with “Urban Planner” our other favorites include:
- Energy Efficiency Builder
- Sustainability Systems Developer
Good Jobs Green Jobs
The Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference happened this week in Washington DC, with the promise of “Making a Down Payment on the Green Economy.” While everybody loves the promise of Green Jobs, will Obama’s administration be able to overcome doubts about making those jobs a reality?
Read all about the conference in this writeup from Grist, including the two major reports released at the event: “Green Collar Jobs in America’s Cities [PDF]: Building Pathways out of Poverty and Careers in the Clean Energy Economy” and “Greener Pathways [PDF]: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy.
USGBC to Obama: “Green Building Creates Jobs, Saves Energy and Saves Money”
GreenerBuildings reports that the USGBC is making recommendations to the Obama administration on vital green building policy priorities that will simultaneously create millions of green-collar jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advance proven opportunities to deliver greener, more energy efficient buildings.
USGBC’s recommendations include:
- Support for Green Schools
- Create a Revolving Loan Fund to Spur Investment in Green Building
- Support for Green Job Training
- Green Building Projects in Government Facilities
- Invest Boldly in Green Affordable Housing
- and finally….Green the White House!
State of Green Business 2009: Building Energy Efficiency Rises Again
Joel Makower writes that green building practices could cut greenhouse gases in North America more effectively than any other action, according to research from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Also, San Francisco’s Building Inspection Commission passed strict green building codes, to be phased in over a number of years, that would make new large commercial and residential construction comply with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system or with a rival GreenPoint Rated standard. The rules are expected to avoid 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, save 220,000 megawatt-hours of power, and prevent the use of 100 million gallons of water.
Moreover, efficient buildings, coupled with a smarter electricity infrastructure, could also avert the need for building new power plants. When extra power is needed a local utility could selectively and briefly turn off the air conditioning or refrigeration units in large office buildings, warehouses, and other facilities in its service area. It does this for brief, staggered intervals, reducing overall demand while being imperceptible to occupants. The result: Demand drops enough to avoid firing up standby power plants — and maybe even eliminate some of them altogether.