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Monday, June 2, 2014

Florida NAACP releases new energy report on reducing pollution and creating jobs

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

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The NAACP Florida State Conference hosted a conference call on Friday to discuss its new report, “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs."

Jacqueline Patterson, the NAACP national environmental and climate justice program director, David Honig, NAACP Florida State Conference legal redress chair,  and other representatives of the civil rights organization gave a presentation on how a number of the energy policies in Florida have a negative impact on communities of color, human health, the environment and the economy.

After studying the Florida Energy Policies in 2012, the NAACP and partner groups released a “cold blooded” report detailing the harm being done to low-income communities and people of color by the burning of coal. Coal is a major contributor to the regression in global climate due to excess emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide gas.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Electrifying Green Jobs

Posted By on Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Are green energy jobs the philosopher's stone that can turn stagnant employment cyphers into golden opportunities? They are according to U.S. Representative Kathy Castor.

Castor visited the Tampa Area Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee school Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate their first solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations. There were roughly 20 people in attendance representing the school and the business community.

As Castor spoke to those gathered outside the school, she was flanked by two electric vehicles; a Finnish Fisker Coup and a modified Porsche 911.

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Castor began her speech by mentioning a recently published article which alleges that Florida ranks number two in the nation in the last quarter for creating clean energy jobs. She continued by applauding the school's progressive educational curriculum. Among the benefits to green energy education, she highlighted job creation. She foresees new green energy jobs emerging for the graduates of schools like this one.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beyond Sustainability Conference at Hillsborough Community College: Nov. 3-4

Panels on green jobs, socially responsible investing and social justice, showcasing the latest in research, policy and grassroots actions.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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TheBeyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics and Education Conference, sponsored by Hillsborough Community College’s Institute for Florida Studies and the HCC Sustainability Council, will take place November 3-4, 2011, at the John R Trinkle Conference Center of the HCC Plant City campus, 1206 N Park Rd, Plant City, FL 33563

This is an event for eco-preneurs who want to learn about green opportunities as well as those looking to invest or find a job with an eye on a sustainable future. With over 70 presenters, panels on green jobs, socially responsible investing and social justice, it will showcase the latest in research, policy and grassroots actions throughout the two days. With exceptional keynotes and deep dialogue, Beyond Sustainability will be one of the most diverse networking opportunities in 2011, as well as a place to meet others to plan actions into 2012.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New reports shows Florida 49th in percentage of green jobs in U.S.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM

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Although some critics have scoffed at the whole notion of a "Green jobs economy," a new report issued today by the Brookings Institute should give them pause.

The report says that the green technology and clean power industries are currently employing more workers than those who work in the dirtier aspects of energy, such as coal and oil. We're talking jobs in sectors like solar, wind, waste water recycling, public transportation and energy efficiency retrofits.

Brookings reports that there are currently 2.7 million jobs in America that fit into these sectors - even more than the biosciences industry.

But the numbers are depressing when it comes to Florida. By the measure of percentage of green jobs vs. all other jobs in the Sunshine State, our 102,967 make up just 1.4 percent of all such jobs. By that measure, the state ranks 49th in the nation (for those of you who skipped history, that's second to last).

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Finding "green job" opportunities

Green jobs: Maximizing efficient use of resources, minimizing degradation of the planet from pollution and waste.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Eco.org, a leading green jobs website, defines a green job as any job in any company where the primary focus is on reducing the impacts of our activities or products on the environment. Green jobs serve to maximize the efficient use of resources while minimizing the degradation of the planet from pollution and waste.
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  • Eco.org, a leading green jobs website, defines a green job as any job in any company where the primary focus is on reducing the impacts of our activities or products on the environment. Green jobs serve to maximize the efficient use of resources while minimizing the degradation of the planet from pollution and waste.
Courtesy of: EarthTalk®
E — The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I'm looking for the best places to search for green jobs but am having trouble locating them on traditional job search sites. Where should I look? — H. Jenkins, Biloxi, MS

With the environment now high atop the public agenda, green jobs are more popular than ever. Defined by eco.org (a leading green jobs website) as any job in any company where the primary focus is on reducing the impacts of our activities or products on the environment, green jobs serve to maximize efficient use of resources while minimizing degradation of the planet from pollution and waste. “Eco-jobs can range from engineering a photovoltaic solar cell to designing a building for more energy efficiency to landscaping a yard to minimize erosion to finding more sustainable forestry techniques,” reports eco.org.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Code Green Community talks about peak oil and transition towns in Tampa Bay at Green World Path (video)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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In the video below, Stacey and Eric from Code Green Community in Tampa Bay give a presentation about peak oil and transition towns at one of Green World Path's free monthly classes on green and sustainable living.

Eric details peak oil and the consequences for the economy along with permaculture, while Stacey dives into Transition Towns and how to mark resilience within a community.

Code Green Community strives to educate people in Tampa Bay on how to create sustainable, resilient and abundant communities. www.codegreencommunity.org

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Green Community week in review: Tampa high-speed rail rally, eating bugs to reduce CO2 emissions, new veg-friendly fast food chain and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

Former McDonald's executive to start vegetarian-friendly fast food chain - CEO Mike Roberts, a former president and chief operating officer for McDonald’s restaurants, and founder Stephen Sidwell, an investment banker, make announcement to beat out celebrities like Mike Tyson and Eric Johnson in creating a healthy fast-food chain that is both vegetarian and vegan friendly. LYFE (“Love Your Food Everyday”), according to the Mother Nature Network, is the new transformational brand that will be a “lifestyle” opening in Palo, Calif., this summer.

EarthTalk: When is high-speed rail coming to America? - Plans to expand high-speed rail service are now underway in several U.S. regions. A recent report found that high-speed rail in the Midwest would reduce air travel by 1.3 million trips and car travel by 5.1 million trips per year by 2020, saving 188,000 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 34,000 cars off the road while still getting everyone to and from work.

Supporters and critics converge in downtown Tampa at Rally For Rail event - Although there looked to be more pro-rail supporters at the rally, the pro Rick Scott anti-high speed rail folks that stood across the street at Franklin and Kennedy had dozens of people supporting their cause.

Learning Gate Community School EcoFest 2011 - Saturday, April 2nd - It will be a fun-filled and educational day dedicated to the principles of sustainability: ecology, equity and economy.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Green Community week in review: Scrapping for the Arts, deepwater drilling resumes in the Gulf, Green Deals and more

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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What’s the buzz on the latest issues in the Green Community? Check out what you may have missed last week:

EarthTalk: Time to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 - The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), enacted in 1976, is widely considered a failure. When enacted it enabled some 62,000 chemicals (many linked to hormonal, reproductive and immune problems, cancer and a plethora of environmental problems ) to escape testing. Another 22,000 untested chemicals -- found in everything from cleaning and personal care products to furniture, building materials, electronics, food and drink containers, even kids’ toys -- have come onto the market since.

Produce recalled in 16 states and Canada due to salmonella scare - After testing positive for salmonella in their curly parsley and cilantro, J&D Produce out of Texas is recalling those items as well as 18 additional vegetables and herbs that they distribute to 16 U.S. states and to parts of Canada.

Donate scrap metal to benefit the Tempus Projects' Scrapping for the Arts fundraiser - Tempus Projects is enthusiastic about this unique fundraiser, as it allows them to recycle and create funding without asking for cash donations.

Microblogging gone green: 10 must-see 'green' Tumblr sites - 10 environmental themed Tumblr accounts that you should follow.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Green job: Crew member for Vacs from the Sea expedition wanted!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

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(the vacuum people) and the research organization 5 Gyres are heading out on a joint sea faring expedition, trawling the South Atlantic for plastic, and they're inviting one devotee to join the expedition through the Beagle Channel to Valdivia, Chile as a part of the crew.

The 5 Gyres mission is to conduct research and report back on the global impact of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Their expedition will start in Walvis Bay, Namibia, and end in Montevideo, Uruguay, and they'll be picking up plastic in the South Atlantic all along the way. The plastic will be analyzed at their lab in Redondo Beach, CA, and sent to Electrolux to be a part of the Vac from the Sea exhibition. Read the Vac from the Sea blog for more information on the trip and check out the video below on their Vacs from the Sea program.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Offshore Atlantic wind farms providing jobs and new energy supply

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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According to the National Wildlife Federation media report, the Atlantic coast shows much promise in the advancing of offshore wind projects. Besides the proposal of six gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind projects along the coast -- the equivalent of about five coal-fired power plants -- Florida has a total of 40 GW of wind potential that can be added in the clean energy wave hype as well. Ultimately, the report reveals significant potential for the Atlantic Coast to help in the efforts of offshore wind energy, creating numerous jobs. Just one GW of wind-generated energy would create 800 permanent new jobs in addition to 20,700 direct job-years in manufacturing and installation. The potential job increase and the ability for wind energy to supply power to homes along the coast has government officials buzzing with wind energy plans.

The report continues its announcements by making the following key findings:

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