It's St. Patty's Day - so let's talk some green.
The Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference has come and gone. Leaders from industry, public interest groups, and all levels of government came together last Thursday and Friday to discuss the future of a lean, mean, green energy economy.
Perhaps some of the best news came from Architecture 2030, which, during a key note address, announced that an investment of $21.6 billion to improve building efficiency would generate more than 200,000 new jobs, and save more than 86 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in just one year. The same investment over five years would create more than 1 million new jobs.
Fortunately for the U.S., a green economy means a strong economy. In Governor Rendell's very own words in a speech given at the same conference, "America's economy is facing pressure today from job losses, international competition, mounting national debt, and a declining dollar."
But we have a choice. By heavily investing in clean, renewable energy, we can create jobs while saving our planet and our declining economy. Last week's conference was just one step in the forming partnership between those who care about jobs and those who want to save the planet. In the future, we can expect many more such steps.
After all, good jobs are green jobs.