Wall-Mart, of all imaginable stakeholders, has announced its plans to create a Green Jobs Council, to facilitate greening its own organization and its supply chain.

Wall-Mart will “push its members to embrace further sustainability and green training programs, as well as lobby government to offer incentives to drive green job creation.” 

You know you’re in the twilight zone when the largest retailer on earth is touting green collar jobs as a fix for the ailing US (and global) economic woes: “Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs and government relations at Wal-Mart argued that an increase in clean tech investment as part of a concerted programme for creating green collar jobs is essential to reviving the US economy.

“At Wal-Mart we believe that by bringing these companies together and working collaboratively, we can develop a larger green job workforce in this country.”

http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2232046/wal-mart-creats-green-jobs

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2.5 million jobs

President-elect Barack Obama today announced a bold initiative to save or create 2.5 million jobs in the next two years.

In his weekly address, President-elect Obama announced that he has directed his economic team to formulate an Economic Recovery Plan — a two-year, nationwide initiative that will strengthen our economy and put millions of Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our schools, and securing our clean energy future.

Watch Your Weekly Address now — then send us your questions or ideas about how to fix the economy:

http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/an-obama-green-jobs-corps/

Van Jones again shares his insight regarding the need to retrofit America.  We have experienced a critical mass of engagement that would be optimal if applied to clean energy, conservation, weatherization, solarization and youth economic and ecological enfranchisement.  Do your part and show support for a national green jobs corps, in your community! Call or email your Senator or Congress person today.

There has been a lot of attention in the media paid to green jobs.  Take the poll to let me know which news story you found most interesting!

This week’s news:

a) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/20/business/20green.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

b) http://media.www.pcccourier.com/media/storage/paper1346/news/2008/10/16/News/green.Technology.Summit.Urges.Community.College.Involvement-3490368.shtml#cp_article_tools

c) Sustainable South Bronx: http://www.ewire.com/display.cfm/Wire_ID/5076

d) Portland at its best – bike culture: http://bikeblogs.org/sf/2008/10/10/portland-to-create-bicycle-business-incubator/
 
e) http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/10/09/green-energy-labor-biz-energy-cx_wp_1009greenjobs.html
 
f) Apollo Alliance’s full green jobs report: http://apolloalliance.org/apollo-14/the-full-report/

g) Germany to invest in Green Jobs in the U.S.: http://greenwombat.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/10/17/germany-invests-in-green-jobs-in-america

h) Message from Van Jones:

I just got the news that The Green Collar Economy is now a New York Times bestseller!!

That’s right. A book about our movement is on the most prominent bestseller list in the country. On behalf of everyone here at Green For All, I just have to say congratulations and thank you!

Three Saturdays ago, along with over 50,000 people, you called for Green Jobs Now. Together we put the green economy on the national agenda, through 674 events in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

And just two days later (yikes!), we asked you to make history again, by making The Green Collar Economy the first bestseller on green issues by a black writer.
With no publicity dollars and no national media platform, it was a complete long-shot. But we knew that if our grassroots network got the word out, millions of people across the country would know that we can build a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

And we did it!

Our nation and our leaders are beginning to turn to real solutions for our economic and environmental crises. You saw a student from Tennessee, Ingrid Jackson, stand up at the second presidential debate and ask the candidates about green jobs.  You read that Congress is talking about including green jobs in an economic stimulus package.  And you’ve heard Obama and McCain talk about green jobs more and more, recently.
Know that you did that.  You made those things happen.
This is a movement.  And it is your movement. 

With a whole lot of gratitude,

Van Jones
President and Founder
Green For All

http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw08/sl080307.htm

Massachusetts adopted a Green Jobs Law in August, 2008, following the lead set by California and Washington. I am working with some NYCELLI participants to draft and get passed a New York State Green Jobs Bill.  Details on the New York State Bill will be forthcoming as we make the final Proposed Bill available.

1) MA utilizes an investment trust as a funding mechanism. This is essentially a “purse strings” approach, whereas we (NYCELLI) are creating a collaborative task force without specifying funding sources or limits. Sect. 1.b-c.
 
2) The Investment Advisory Council has 15 members (Sect. 1.d).  
3) All money leftover in the fund “rolls over” into the next year, and so the fund’s growth is cumulative.  The monies do not revert to the MA General Fund. This is an interesting tool to make the investment fund independent and sustainable.  Last para of Sect. 1.
 
4) The MA law has a definitions section.  Sect. 2.
 
5)  MA set up a “Clean Energy Technology Center.” This is akin to our Green Jobs Council.  Kudos to us for picking a good model for green jobs governance. Sect 2.a-b.  The composition of the Center is laid out in Sect. 2.b. 
 
6)  MA chose to make governance very explicit. The Law outlines in precise and explicit terms the function, term length, power of the Center and its constituent reps. This reflects MA’s general legislative preference for specificity and order.  This is common in MA, whenever they set up a gov’t body like this, to lay out all governance parameters.  It does make the Center’s work more mandatory, lays out clear lines of authority and makes the Center  more responsible for the ultimate work product.
 
7)  Sect. 3 lays out the Center’s powers. 
 
8)  Section 5 & 6 relate to reporting and recommendations.  These are two of any Green Jobs body’s most essential functions – to inform public policy with data and analysis that is specific to green jobs and clean energy technology opportunities.  The quality of green jobs and clean energy economy data is vital to making credible and visible recommendations.  Public dialogue cannot be intelligent without a “vernacular” regarding clean energy and green jobs.  
 
9) Big Sect. 11 “seeds” the Fund with a $1m infusion. This money is used when awarding grants.  Though budget strapped, “purse string” measures are vital to a bill, ensuring an initial source of funding, and making provisions for either a stream of funding, or a self-sustaining fund like the MA law.

Van Jones’ book is out on shelves and making lots of much-needed noise about green jobs.  Nick Magel featured Van’s book, “The Green Collar Economy,” on his blog and makes a compelling case for why you should go out and buy a copy!

http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2008/10/06/the-green-collar-economy/

The book is timely – in light of the fragile state of the U.S. economy – and cogent, laying out in clear and convincing terms how all levels of collective engagement must begin to forge an inclusive, sustainable, green movement based on high quality jobs that are good for the environment.  This is the new calling for all Americans, particularly those left out of the gray economy.

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http://www.alternet.org/workplace/101821/a_green_bailout:_we_need_help_for_people_who_want_to_save_the_planet/?page=entire

Van recently wrote on the Huffington Post that we must seize this opportunity to bailout the American worker, family, and community.  It is time to call our workers to duty, to get started on retrofitting our buildings, greening our communities, weatherizing our homes, and building environmentally sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy projects.  For less than the cost of last week’s Wall St. bailout, we could begin the hard work of growing our economy in terms that are good for people’s wallets and our environment (health as well).

Where do you stand on this issue? Have you ever thought about wolves in the context of ranching, wildlife preservation and national parks?

http://www.hcn.org/articles/video-still-howling-wolf