SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Green Jobs benefitting low-income communities
As the country moves towards a clean energy economy we must ensure that we invest in the growth of urban and rural communities through providing green jobs that are well paid, career track jobs that move low-income workers into higher-skilled occupations. Cities across the Southeast are taking advantage of opportunities to increase employment, lower energy bills and contribute the overall health and standard of living for low-income communities.
The city of Greensboro, North Carolina is taking advantage of energy grants provided by the U.S. Department of Energy to implement upgrades to low to moderate income homes. The city also hopes to create and retain over 200 green workforce jobs in collaboration with the City’s Workforce Development Program and other local partners.
Implementing energy savings programs like this will not only help to preserve out planet but will provide us with an opportunity to invest in those communities that will be impacted the greatest from global climate change. A report from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI), commissioned by Green For All and NRDC, “Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States” finds that investments in a clean energy economy can significantly drive down the unemployment rate and provide job opportunities to Americans across all skill and education levels.