green jobs

Building Political Power

September 23, 2011

Alice James for President 2016 is my page on Facebook, about to expire in a week because of the cost.

In four weeks, I generated 600 followers. Their biggest concern, old, young, half college educated, half not,

was the environment. Even though they were  mostly poor or working part time! My posts concerned

the amount of toxic material from one coal plant, community gardening and farmer's markets, wind and solar

energy, how to build a solar panel in your living room and a wind turbine. But also some background

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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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This summer has been an eventful time for WeatherizeDC, the flagship program of the nonprofit, The DC Project

The WeatherizeDC team, along with dedicated volunteers, has been diligently advocating the expansion of the local clean energy market through the creation of green jobs across the District.

The organization, which addresses the twin challenges of sustainability and poverty in the D.C. area, has been able to garner interest in weatherization throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia by developing deep roots in the community and attending various events locally and nationwide.

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Cross-posted from WeatherizeDC

Hannah is a Communications Intern at WeatherizeDC

Yesterday, WeatherizeDC gave me the awesome opportunity to attend the seventh annual Campus Progress National Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest.  

To say the least, my expectations were far exceeded both by plenary speakers and panelists, which included some of our own team members.

Campus Progress is a national organization that works with college campuses and young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. The emphasis of the program is on change in the present, for the future. 

The organization, which stemmed from the Center for American Progress, works to promote a strong, free country that advocates democracy and equal opportunity.

The annual National Conference has hailed speakers such as Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. 

Not surprisingly, it draws national media attention.

As I walked into the Regency ballroom around 9am, Katy Perry’s “Firework” blasted from the speakers, and pictures of smiling young activists and their achievementsfilled the screens.

The trending topic #CPNC11 was also projected on the screen, encouraging participants to tweet about their day as it progressed.

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As my second year at the University of Virginia approached its end, I was confronted with the irksome question most college students face: How should I spend my 3-month long summer break? Rather than getting a job at the mall or lounging at the neighborhood pool, I sought out an opportunity to do something a little bit more productive. I applied for the position of Communications Fellow with WeatherizeDC, the flagship program of the nonprofit The DC Project. When I learned that I would be part of their team, I was 

ecstatic. Not only would I have the opportunity to learn from passionate young individuals, but I would be able to play a role in directly shaping the future of my local community.

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After Power Shift there is ACTION in DC!! After facilitating at Power    Shift I was recruited to organize the iMatter march for DC and celebrate Mother Earth on Mother's day!

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If there is one thing that our communities desperately need right now, it’s jobs.

Power Shift will bring thousands of dedicated, energetic youth into Washington, DC this weekend to strategize about solutions for a clean energy future—but what impact will they have had on the D.C. community? 

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A new report, Going Underground on Campus, by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program, with Energy Action Coalition, APPA:  Leadership in Educational Facilities, GEA, GEO and Jobs for the Future, documents how more than 140 colleges and universities in 36 states are cutting the heating and cooling footprint on campus by 40% or more, creating good green jobs and saving money.  

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