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CEO of Green Jobs Network to Deliver Keynote at Western Washington University’s Sustainable Opportunities Expo

A brief update to this prior post — Leonard Adler, CEO of Green Jobs Network, will serve as the keynote speaker for Western Washington University's inagural Sustainability Opportunities Expo.  This program is sponsored by the WWU Net Impact chapter; underwritten by the WWU Office of Sustainability, Associated Students and the Western MBA Program; and supported by the WWU College of Business and Economics, Huxley College of the Environment and Career Services.

This event is free to attend and will include a career expo (featuring businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and WWU clubs/departments) and presentations focusing on topics pertaining to careers in sustainability.  This program will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Viking Union.  Please visit the event website for a complete list of speakers, participating organizations, and additional event information. 

Western Washington University to Hold 1st Sustainable Opportunities Fair on May 11

On Wednesday, May 11, the Net Impact club at Western Washington University will hold the first campus-wide Sustainable Opportunities Fair.  This event, co-hosted by the WWU Office of Sustainability, will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 pm in the Union Multi-Purpose Room on campus.

Exhibit prices are $65 for companies larger than 10 people and $35 for non-profits, government agencies, and businesses of less than 10 people.  Organizations that don't currently have full-time job openings are welcome to participate in the Fair if your enterprise would like to share information on its sustainability efforts or if your organization has volunteer or internship opportunities.  If your organization is interested in attending the Fair send an e-mail to netimpactwwu [at]

The event committee is also seeking people who would like to deliver educational presentations at the Fair about green careers.  For more information send an e-mail to netimpactwwu [at]

Update [4/7/2011]:  Complete event information can now be found here.

Urban League of Portland’s Career Connections Fair To Take Place on April 21

The Urban League of Portland will present its annual Career Connections job fair on April 21st, with the theme of "Bridges to Sustainable Jobs."  This event will take place from 10 am – 4 pm at the World Trade Center 2, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97204.  This event will include panel sessions on topics including "Opportunities in Renewable Energy" and "Where Are the Green Jobs?" and the opportunity to meet with representatives of employers from Oregon and Washington.

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Governors of 12 States Send Letter to President Obama Requesting Energy and Climate Strategy Meeting

On January 29th, twelve state governors sent a letter to President Obama, requesting "a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century."

The full text of the letter follows below (a PDF version of the letter is also available).


Office of the Governors

January 29, 2009

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

In your message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in November, you spoke ofa new chapter in America's leadership on climate change. You stated that "delay is no longer an option" and "denial is not an acceptable response." You offered that "any governor willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House." As governors ofstates that have been proactive on climate change and clean energy issues, we welcome the opportunity to take you up on that offer. We ask to meet with you and your energy and environment leadership team as soon as possible to forge a new, dynamic partnership ofstate, local and federal leaders that will be critical to addressing climate change and leading our country toward a clean energy economy.

It is crucial that we build on our states' momentum. In the absence of federal leadership, we led the way in building an American climate change and clean energy policy from the ground up. Working with local communities and private businesses, we've pursued policies that focus on green jobs, renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

We believe a successful national program will build on the work our states have done so far and will follow the same principles that guided our efforts. Specifically, it should:

  • Set ambitious goals to achieve national emission reductions to avoid dangerous
    interference with the climate system.
  • Couple market mechanisms, such as an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, with flexible perfonnance standards and incentives for developing and deploying clean, efficient, low-emission technologies.
  • Use the value inherent in emissions allowances to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and take advantage of the states' expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, green job creation and assistance to municipalities and less advantaged, vulnerable populations so that all citizens can reap the benefits of a sustainable clean energy future.
  • Preserve and enhance state and local authority to continue implementing innovative measures and programs that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions.
  • Recognize the value of private investments made under existing state and regional capand-trade programs and ensure that state clean energy programs funded by the auction of allowances issued under those programs are preserved.

We applaud your call to enact a strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policy, and we are committed to helping develop a policy that harnesses the experience, efficiency and creativity of programs at the local, state and regional levels. To this end, we write to request a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century. We look forward to working with you.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor Christine O. Gregoire

Governor Jim Doyle

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
The Honorable Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

“2008 Green Economy Jobs in Washington State” Report Released

On January 29th, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire announced the results of a study completed by economists at the state's Employment Security Department, entitled 2008 Green Economy Jobs in Washington State

This report presents the results of a survey of more than 9,500 private-sector employers in Washington state.  The goal of the survey was to identify the number and type of jobs in the state’s emerging green economy and to establish a baseline measure that can be used to track industry and job growth in Washington’s “green economy.”  The study estimates that private-sector businesses and industries in Washington directly employ more than 47,000 people in green jobs, with approximately 87 percent of them being full-time workers.

The report defines green jobs as those that promote a healthy environment and energy security in four key business and industry sectors: energy efficiency, renewable energy, preventing and reducing pollution, and mitigating or cleaning up pollution.  The report can be downloaded by clicking on the image below:

2008 Green Economy Jobs in Washington State

Washington State Green Jobs and Climate Action Legislative Package Announced by Governor Chris Gregoire and Legislative Leaders

On January 29th, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders announced a Green Jobs and Climate Action legislative package. The package features the following components:

  • Proposed investments totaling $455 million in the next biennium for energy-reducing transportation projects, energy efficiency projects, green buildings and clean-energy technology.
    Investments will support an estimated 2,900 jobs in 2010 and 2011.
  • Legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions and create market incentives that will drive reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution through a cap-and-trade system designed last year by the seven states (including Washington) and four Canadian provinces in the Western Climate Initiative.
  • Legislation providing a state tax exemption for the new generation of plug-in electric vehicles, a strategy to encourage Washington residents to purchase efficient and “clean” cars and which sends an important signal to the marketplace.
  • A proposed partnership with the state’s clean technology industries to identify actions needed to ensure that Washington remains at the cutting edge of the green energy future.
  • Asking the State Building Code Council to improve building energy efficiency by 30 percent beyond the 2006 standards.

“Washington is well-positioned to capitalize on the unique economic opportunities surrounding the growing green sector,” Gregoire said. “These proposals will help protect our environment as well as create and support jobs, stimulate the regional economy and strengthen Washington’s competitiveness in the global economy.”

“We can’t afford to delay. The time to act is now,” said Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Kitsap County, who chairs the Senate Environment, Water & Energy Committee and is sponsor of the Green Jobs and Climate Action legislation in the Senate.

“Our state’s environment and quality of life depend on decisive actions to slow the dramatic changes in our climate. Our best hope for doing this is to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels,” Rockefeller said. “Washington state must continue to lead the way and demonstrate that we can power our economy by more efficient use of energy, and by making the necessary transition to renewable and alternative energy sources in place of carbon-based fuels.”

“Acting now, we can create the certainty that many businesses need to invest in the green economy and create jobs,” said Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, who chairs the House Ecology and Parks Committee and is the legislation’s sponsor in that chamber. “Many of the investments in reducing climate-changing pollution will pay for themselves in lower expenditures on energy and fuel. The sooner the incentives are in place, the sooner they will pay off.”

“We know that keeping a forest healthy will help the trees absorb carbon and store it in wood products, and this new bill highlights the fact that we can create and foster the carbon market,” said Sen. James Hargrove, D-Hoquiam. “It shows that we can do the right thing for the environment as well as our forest products industry, and we’re finally realizing that cutting down trees and using wood products can help solve global climate change.”

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“Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025” Report Highlights Potential for Green Jobs in Oregon and Washington

Earlier this month Clean Edge and Climate Solutions released a report Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 that highlights the challenges and opportunities for Oregon and Washington to become leading centers for clean energy and energy efficiency.  The report also includes recommendations for action and outlines some of the benefits of these strategies, including the potential to create apporoximately 63,000 new jobs in the Pacific Northwest by 2025 in the following areas:

  • Solar PV Manufacturing: Up to 22,560 new jobs
  • Wind Power Development: Up to 6,000 new jobs
  • Green Building Design Services: Up to 16,834 new jobs
  • Sustainable Bioenergy: Up to 10,419 new jobs
  • Smart-Grid Technologies: Up to 7,000 new jobs.

“Clean energy is increasingly identified as the sector with the largest growth potential in the U.S. economy, and offers the best promise of meeting the twin challenges of economic and environmental decline,” said Ron Pernick, Clean Edge cofounder and managing director and report coauthor. “This report is a case study for how the Pacific Northwest region can seize a leadership role in the clean-tech economy.”

“To spark a real economic recovery, we need to repower America, and this region should be at the forefront,” said Rhys Roth, Climate Solutions’ Director of Strategic Innovation. “This report is a blueprint for how the region can become a global leader in clean technology – creating family-supporting jobs, regaining control of our energy future, and delivering real climate solutions.”

The report can be downloaded by clicking the image below:

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