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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2008
Contact:
Serena Ingre, NRDC, (202) 289-2378, singre@nrdc.org
Dave Foster, Blue Green Alliance, (612) 419-9101, dfoster@usw.org
Josh Dorner, Sierra Club, (202) 675.2384, josh.dorner@sierraclub.org
Tony Montana, United Steelworkers, (412) 562-2592, tmontana@usw.org
John Neurohr, Center for American Progress, (202) 481-8182,
jneurohr@americanprogress.org
Marni Tomljanovic, Green for All, 212-691-2800,
tomljanovic@sunshinesachs.com



                   New Report: Millions of U.S. Workers
                    Stand to Gain from Green Industries
            Today's job skills will be essential in tomorrow's
                clean-energy economy; fight global warming


Washington, D.C.  Workers at every skill level will be in high demand and
enjoy greater job security in key industries essential to building a
clean-energy economy in America and fighting global warming, according to a
new report released today by a coalition of conservation and labor groups.


"Achieving a clean energy economy through green industries like wind and
solar are just part of the story. This report is also about job security.
Making homes and offices more energy efficient not only saves money and
energy, but also represents growth opportunities for workers who build our
communities and keep them running," said Dan Lashof, director of NRDC's
Climate Center. "We're talking about jobs at every skill level from
construction to research, already available here at home."


This groundbreaking report, Job Opportunities for the Green Economy, takes
a state-by-state look at existing jobs skills across a wide range of
occupations and income levels that would benefit from America's transition
towards a clean energy economy. The report quantifies the number of workers
who can apply their skills to six categories of green industries building
retrofitting, mass transit, fuel-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar
power, and cellulosic biomass fuels.


 "The commitment to a clean energy economy will not only lead to quality
jobs in manufacturing unions and the building trades," says Leo W. Gerard,
president of the United Steelworkers. "It will help stop good-paying jobs
from continuing to be exported."


 Hundreds of thousands of workers in the U.S. already possess the vast
majority of skills and occupations necessary to reduce global warming and
make the shift to a clean energy economy. For instance, constructing wind
farms creates jobs for sheet metal workers, machinists and truck drivers,
among many others. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings through
retrofitting relies on roofers, insulators and electricians, to name a few.


"Everyone is talking about how the transition to a clean energy future will
create millions of new 'green-collar' jobs," said Carl Pope, executive
director of the Sierra Club. "This report shows that millions of Americans
are already working in exactly the kinds of jobs we'll need to build that
clean energy future.  Those millions and millions more-from steelworkers to
software engineers-stand to benefit from implementing the clean energy
solutions we need to fight global warming."


 Job Opportunities for the Green Economy studies employment conditions in
12 states Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  While the report
focuses on specific states, it shows that the vast majority of green jobs
are in the same areas of employment that people already work in today, in
every region and state of the country.


"This report demonstrates that the quickest way to put Americans back to
work is through investments in solving global warming, said Dave Foster,
executive director of the Blue Green Alliance. "The jobs we'll create are
the very jobs our country is losing in the current recession."


 "Green jobs" are defined in the report as occupations that contribute
toward building or producing goods to achieve a 'green' marketplace. At the
same time, it links the idea that green jobs should be sustainable
employment opportunities-that is, jobs that pay at least a living wage,
offer training and promotional opportunities and some measure of security.


"This report shows that solving global warming means new investments in
jobs and infrastructure, and the reconstruction of our economy," said
Bracken Hendricks, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. "As
Congress debates climate legislation it should keep in mind that investing
in energy efficiency and alternative energy means more opportunity for
today's job market including welders and machinists, carpenters, insulators
and electrical engineers.  In a very real sense, green jobs are America's
jobs.  We can strengthen career ladders and restore America's middle class
by rebuilding our economy to solve global warming."


"This report demonstrates that given the right strategies, green jobs can
be the engine that allows us to build an inclusive green economy strong
enough to lift a lot of people out of poverty" said Van Jones, founder and
president of Green For All. "With good policies and strong investments that
prepare people who most need work for the work that most needs to be done,
green jobs can fight poverty and global warming pollution at the same
time."


The report was authored by Robert Pollin and Jeanette Wicks-Lim of the
Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of
the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and commissioned by Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  It is being released in cooperation with
the Green Jobs for America Campaign, a partnership of the Sierra Club, Blue
Green Alliance, United Steelworkers, NRDC and with the Center for American
Progress and Green for All.


For more information and the full text of the report, please visit:


http://www.peri.umass.edu/Green_Jobs_PERI.pdf


http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/gjfa


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Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of
scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting
public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million
members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington,
Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.


Founded in 2006, the Blue Green Alliance is a strategic partnership of the
United Steelworkers, North America's largest manufacturing union, and the
1.3 million members and supporters of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization.


The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational
institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that
ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together
by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our
national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and
pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and
develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people,
by the people, and for the people.


Green For All is a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive
green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.  By advocating
for local, state and federal commitments to job creation, job training, and
entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy especially for
people from disadvantaged communities Green For All fights both poverty and
pollution at the same time.


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