green economy

Late last month, LETS GO Chicago teamed up with independent filmmaker Brendan Brown to produce this short video about our work building up the green economy in Chicago. The video was made for our online fundraising campaign on the FunderHut website, but also tells our story in general for those who are curious.

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Join Green For All and the League of Young Voters Education Fund for #EarthDayLive. #EarthDayLive is a 2-hour live broadcast featuring some of the most innovative people, projects and organizations working to protect the environment and create opportunities for all communities. Featuring music, videos, and live interviews, it will be an engaging look at the problems our communities face, and the people creating the most effective solutions. You can tune in here from 3-5pm ET.

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How do we get to 100% clean energy? At Mosaic, we believe the fastest way is to allow more people to participate in building the clean energy economy.

In the video above, produced by Mosaic’s good friends at Green For All, we lay out our vision for a future of abundant clean energy, for and by the people.

Until recently, there were good reasons why almost all of us were energy consumers, rather than energy producers. We didn’t have good alternatives to fossil fuels and so we were hamstrung: concerned about the environment, our communities, and our children's futures, but unable to do much more than change our light bulbs. We had little choice but to rely on a system in which only the biggest players—those who could blow the top off of a mountain or finance a billion dollar power plant—could profit from the world’s biggest industry.

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America is at a crossroads, and this fall, we’ll determine which direction we go for the next four years—and beyond. And as young people we, more than any other group have an enormous stake in the outcome.

We are facing an unemployment rate three times the national average. College loan debt is quickly outpacing credit card debt. And we have inherited a planet that is showing the strain of our continued addiction to fossil fuels.

This November, we have a chance to shift our course. We have a choice, an opportunity, and a responsibility to make our voices heard at the ballot box—and beyond.

That’s why Green For All is launching “Power Moves.”

Join Power Moves Here!

Power Moves is a campaign to engage students and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a deep conversation about which issues youth are most concerned about, and to determine how we can amplify our voices as a power block.  Green For All will provide tools and resources to help guide the conversation, and will work in conjunction with the Energy Action Coalition on “Power Vote,” so that we can register and turn out the HBCU community for this election—and  keep students engaged after the election, as we continue the struggle for a more just and healthy environment and economy.

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Focus often eludes high school students with seven different classes covering seven different subjects and too much homework to jam in their backpacks at the end of the day – but on Thursday, April 5, EcoCentric and Envirocity, environmental clubs at two Iowa City high schools, teamed up with Iowa City Summer of Solutions to concentrate class discussions on one issue: the environment.

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Crossposted from WeatherizeDC.

Who knew that energy savings could be so … sublime?

The Community Energy Purchase, The DC Project’s newest brainchild, is a remarkable undertaking that includes major cooperation with the Washington Interfaith Network

The chief goal of the Community Energy Purchase is to provide close to 40 faith institutions and nonprofits in D.C. with reduced energy rates. These lower rates will have a significant impact on the institutions’ bottom lines. Congregations, many of which remain open to receive congregants at all hours of the day, often struggle with expensive utility bills. And nonprofits, who are constantly on a mission to secure funding for their causes, will also save valuable dollars.

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Cross-posted from WeatherizeDC

The Washington Post on its D.C. Wire page recently highlighted Washington, D.C.’s high-rank in Siemens’s “Green City Index” report. The study compares 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada on their 

overall environmental quality. The District is ranked first in “Environmental Governance” thanks to our renewable portfolio standards law, our climate action plans and aggressive energy efficiency goals.

The report, however, has some seemingly contradictory results for the District.

For example, while we are praised for our renewable portfolio standards and for our aggressive energy efficiency goals, we rest right in the middle of the pack when it comes to our actual energy and CO2 scores, ranked at 13th and 9th, respectively.

The primary reasons given for these lackluster scores is that the District, even with its renewable standards, has relatively little renewable power produced within its borders and though we are praised for our energy efficiency goals we are still consuming a lot of electricity and producing a large amount of carbon dioxide.

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Are We THESE Kids?

July 12, 2011


"You can't be a non-conformist unless you drink coffee," the leader of the so-called "non-conformist" group instructs Stan in an episode from the 7th season of South Park. Naturally dispirited because his love-interest Wendy is dating another student, Stan joins up with a group of goth kids who pride themselves on being "non-conformists" simply by the nature of their wholesale rejection of the contemporary standards of the outside world; collectively and in a uniform manner.  

This brilliant parody is funny because it reflects a certain group, particularly in high school, that many people can recognize, or even remember identifying with as adolescents.  

Less funny and more bizarre, however, is the possibility that adults in Congress and climate change deniers may be content to make America into these kids among the international community.

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