By Erica Thames, Opa'maggio Casciani, and Yassamin Kavezade, Sierra Club's My Generation Campaign volunteers.
What if your community was given the opportunity to embark on a path to a sustainable future with good jobs in one the fastest-growing industries in the nation? At a time of economic uncertainty in our nation, when too many Americans are unemployed and desperately seeking work, jobs that can provide a sustainable income can now increasingly be found in the renewable energy industry.
In late June in Southern California, the Sierra Club's My Generation campaign, GRID Alternatives, and dozens of companies in the rooftop solar and local clean-energy industries converged for a 'Green Mixer' solar career day event to explore such a future. The event drew a huge response, with hundreds of community members from all walks of life taking part.
The road to get to this point was not an easy one. The event took place in one of the unlikeliest of places -- California's 47th assembly district -- in the city of San Bernardino, one of the state's cities fighting its way out of bankruptcy. The event was really the result of a year's worth of hard grassroots work.