It’s that time again!
The 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is taking place February 10-11 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Good Jobs, Green Jobs is the Conference where jobs and the environment meet and will feature dynamic keynote speakers, informative workshops, and opportunities to network with people from around the country making a difference in their communities tackling climate change and creating jobs.
This year’s Conference is focused on repairing the systems Americans rely on every day — to get us back and forth to work, supply our power, keep us safe from floods when storms rage, make sure we can call the police and fire during emergencies, and the institutions where our children learn.
America’s infrastructure is breaking down and we need a plan to fix it. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the systems we rely on every day a “D+” grade. Repairing these vital systems will safeguard our communities from the impacts of climate change, reduce inefficiencies and thereby the carbon pollution that drives climate change, and create quality, family-sustaining jobs for American workers. Repairing America can also repair America’s workplaces.
Join thousands of business and community leaders, union members, and environmentalists at Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2014 — February 10-11, 2014 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. — and take up the call to Repair America.
The new generation is approaching. We can expect a substantial shift in politics, education, and our economy. As a social entrepreneur, one of my deepest passions is to help develop new innovative ideas and strategies to help combat some of the world’s most challenging problems. Recently, I’ve created an organization to do just that. The objective of my endeavors are to address multiple social justice issues that communities of color and women are facing today and beyond.
Hope for Green stands for “Having Only Positive Expectations for Grass Root Energy and Environment Networking.” It is a network that educates and empowers young women of color to increase their leadership capabilities in the Green Economy. It is an intersectional approach of gender equity, education, increasing women’s leadership, economic development, and environmental justice. The Network officially launches Summer 2013.
Studies have shown that Environmental justice increasingly has multiple impacts on the lives of women and communities of color. In Michigan, a study was presented by Rep. Rashida Talib in November, and it reported that Black and Latina women along different parts of metro- Detroit were disproportionately suffering from rare forms of cancer because of exposure to toxins from coal burning plants. In Louisiana, I witnessed in my position as a Community Partner with Red Cross, a low-income single Black mother lose everything she had over the course of a weekend because of intense flooding and the shrinking shoreline, while white families from Suburban areas with little damage were helped first handedly in hours. In Washington DC, many women who lived in lower-income areas suffered the intense flooding of Hurricane Sandy and had to call off of their demanding office jobs because they were stuck at home nursing their children back to health and restoring their homes to somewhat normal conditions.
During these economic times, it’s challenging for women to find a stable job with benefits that can actually support their family. We need to produce jobs right here in our Nation and protect the health our communities. My resolution in 2013 is to make sure women of color have equal access to jobs, education, and health. Stay Tuned for the movement!
Why should we support?
As we move forward in today’s economy, it’s essential to understand what are the energy resources that are available to our community in order to make it sustainable. We also need to invest in creating jobs right here in Michigan instead of paying billions of dollars to outsource elsewhere. If we invest in creating more sustainable energy practices, we’ll also create more Green jobs. Our everyday consumption of energy would ultimately become the sustainable way of living and working in our communities if we support this initiative.
Michigan utilizes a broad range of traditional energy sources, most notably: coal, nuclear, and natural gas. Renewable energies consist of solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. Coal is a nonrenewable source of energy. Michigan has no active coal mining and imports most of its coal from Wyoming. There are currently 14 major coal power plants in the state.Yet, 61% of the state’s electricity comes from coal. Michigan is the 7th highest net importer of Coal in the US, spending approximately $1.4 billion on coal in 2008.
I believe that all citizens in the State of Michigan should also support 25 by 2025, so we can build healthier and more sustainable communities for our state. This means more jobs, business opportunities, and better health.