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Green Jobs: Re-energizing the American Economy

October 22, 2008 - The Council co-hosted the briefing "Green Jobs: Re-energizing the American Economy" with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), in partnership with the House Climate Change Caucus to discuss the potential for green jobs in the United States and the policies needed to support them.  The event was attended by over 150 people.  As economic concerns and unemployment numbers continue to rise, policymakers are looking for ways to bolster the American economy and get people back into the workforce. An investment in the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies would help the United States emerge as a global leader in the new green economy and put millions of people to work.

The briefing featured opening remarks by Carol Werner, Executive Director, EESI, and a panel including Michael Renner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute; Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Kevin McCarty, Managing Director of the Climate Protection Center, US Conference of Mayors; and BCSE member Mark Wagner, Vice President for Government Relations, Johnson Controls.


The expert panel provided an overview of three key reports: Green Recovery  (September 2008), produced by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the Center for American Progress (CAP), Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World (September 2008), produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and U.S. Metro Economies: Green Jobs in U.S. Metro Areas (October 2008), prepared for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mark Wagner presented the industry perspective of Johnson Controls and stressed both the opportunity and need to create clean, green jobs here at home in the United States.

For more information and to download meeting presentations, please visit the EESI website.