EPA ADMINISTRATOR LISA JACKSON AND ACTOR ANTHONY MACKIE PARTICIPATE IN GREEN FOR ALL’S EARTH DAY “DIG IN”

Apr 22, 2010
NEW YORK ─ Today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and The Hurt Locker’s Anthony Mackie joined local Harlem residents in Green For All’s Earth Day “Dig In.” The community service event, held at Riverside Valley Community Garden, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. “Forty years ago, we introduced the concept of environmentalism to towns across America,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Today, we are redefining this movement. The newest incarnation of environmentalism is not just looking at how we can protect and preserve the Earth. It is looking at how the Earth, and caring for the planet, can protect and preserve us.” Dozens of participants helped to plant vegetables on the site once considered too dangerous and too dirty to enter. Today, the garden is a thriving public green space, the community cleaner, and the streets safer. In addition to transforming the neighborhood, volunteers have been introduced to the opportunities of a clean-energy economy. Today’s event raised further awareness about the benefits of going green, including access to green jobs, training programs and other pathways out of poverty. "Today's groundbreaking is keeping alive the grassroots spirit of the first Earth Day 40 years ago. This community is coming together to work toward a healthier, safer environment, a better place to live, and new opportunities," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "I'm grateful to Green For All for having me today and I'm inspired by the work they've done to uplift and empower this community."

Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Home Star Clearing Key House Committee

Apr 15, 2010

Today, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 cleared the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  The bill, designed to create jobs fast by making American homes more energy-efficient, will save consumers money on their electric bills and kick start our hard-hit construction industry. The statement, from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “As an organization dedicated to building broad opportunity through green investment, we applaud today’s House Committee vote on Home Star.  The legislation is a step closer to becoming law and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs for American families. “It is important to note the strengthened job quality and access provisions included.  These measures set the framework to help build a long-term, high-road construction industry and helps to ensure that low-income people and communities of color have access to these opportunities. “We thank our champions on the Hill, including Representatives Rush and Lee, for their steadfast commitment to expand opportunity and equality in the clean-energy economy. “Home Star is a fast but efficient way to improve the health, wealth, and well-being of our most vulnerable communities and provide pathways into prosperity for American workers.  It is a win for our environment and a win for our economy.  We look forward to working with our partners both on and off the Hill towards a swift vote on this important legislation.”

THE STATE OF IOWA HONORS THE BLACK EYED PEAS AND GREEN FOR ALL FOR THEIR WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND GREEN JOBS

Iowa Governor Chet Culver's family and the Black Eyed PeasDes Moines, Iowa – Iowa Governor Chet Culver and State Representative Wayne Ford today presented the Grammy -winning band The Black Eyed Peas and the national non-profit organization Green For All awards for their joint efforts to raise awareness about the environmental and economic crisis confronting the nation. “The State of Iowa is a national leader in green initiatives and we honor The Black Eyed Peas and Green For All for their ongoing commitment to raising awareness of the importance of a transition to renewable energy sources and green job creation,” Governor Culver said. The Black Eyed Peas and Green For All have teamed up during the North America run of the Peas’ World E.N.D. [Energy Never Dies] Tour to help raise awareness about how environmental challenges and lack of economic opportunity combine to adversely impact many American communities. At each tour stop, plastic bottles from the band’s concert venues are being recycled into t-shirts and other band merchandise. Green For All volunteers are conducting educational outreach at those venues, encouraging people to support climate change and green-jobs legislation. Representative Ford, who is the longest serving black member in the history of the Iowa legislature, praised the band for their work on recycling. “I am very proud that the world-renowned Black Eyed Peas are coming to the city of Des Moines to perform. I especially want to let them know how excited we Iowans are not only about their musical talent, but also about their great community and environmental work worldwide,” Ford said. Representative Ford is the founder and executive director of Urban Dreams, an organization that has been serving the residents of inner city Des Moines with a series of health and welfare programs for almost 25 years. He added: “I am also very proud that Green For All is part of this tour and of the organization’s untiring dedication to a clean-energy economy that will move America past some of its most pressing challenges.” Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. Working across many platforms, the group is working to fight poverty and pollution at the same time. “We are honored to have Gov. Culver, Representative Ford, the people of Iowa, and The Black Eyed Peas as allies in this movement to create the kind of economy that lifts people out of poverty while reducing the risks to the planet,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. “Together, we are changing the face of environmentalism and the world we live in.”

GREEN FOR ALL STRONGLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR PASSAGE OF HOME STAR IN JOBS LEGISLATION

Measure Would Save Consumers Money, Create Jobs, and Reduce Carbon Pollution

President Obama visits a steel factory in Savannah, GA. Photo from whitehouse.gov.

OAKLAND, CA – President Barack Obama today renewed his support for a nationwide program to make American homes more energy efficient. Speaking at Savannah Technical College, the President said that the HOME STAR program "will make our economy less dependent on fossil fuels, helping to protect the planet for future generations."  We strongly support HOME STAR and will work with the president and Congress to ensure its passage. “The President today took an important step toward energy independence with his renewed push to pass HOME STAR as part of a new jobs bill.  We think this is the right thing to do in order to begin building a new clean energy economy that reduces poverty and pollution at the same time,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins As the President noted, HOME STAR would not only help the planet, it would help the economy as well: "I want to emphasize that HOME STAR will also create business and spur hiring up and down the economy," the President said. The program would provide rebates to consumers who invest in new energy efficient appliances, weatherize their homes, or purchase other efficient technologies for their home. And with national unemployment levels at almost 10 percent, HOME STAR is an urgent need. It is designed as a fast-acting, short-term, job creation program that will drive new private investment into the hard hit construction and manufacturing sectors, while saving consumers money on their energy bills. As currently proposed in the Senate’s Jobs Agenda for America, it would invest $6 billion in the form of incentives, matched by private investment to generate three million home retrofits, and 168,000 jobs.  The President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board has unanimously recommended HOME STAR as a strategy for near term job creation. Among the other benefits are:
  • Job creation from HOME STAR will be concentrated on the struggling construction and manufacturing sectors of the US economy.
  • HOME STAR will help over three million American families to retrofit their homes for energy efficiency and save them as much as $9.5 billion over 10 years.
  • HOME STAR will remove the equivalent of 615,000 cars from the road, or four 300MW power plants from operation.
  • The HOME STAR program dedicates $200 million to provide access to low interest financing, making projects' cash flow positive from day one.
  • The majority of manufactured goods used in HOME STAR retrofits are made in the USA, averaging well over 90% domestic production, supporting a building materials manufacturing sector that is operating at less than 60% of available capacity with 24.5% unemployment
At Green For All we believe that passage of HOME STAR will create quality career-pathway jobs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money; it’s an essential step.

GREEN FOR ALL EXPANDS D.C. OFFICE WITH THE ADDITION OF JESSY TOLKAN AND TERENCE SAMUEL

[OAKLAND, CA] – Green For All announced today the expansion of its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of Jessy Tolkan and Terence Samuel.  Tolkan, formerly of Energy Action Coalition, joins as Political Director.  Samuel, previously with TheRoot.com, joins as Communications Director. “As we work to build access and opportunity in and political will for a clean-energy economy, we are delighted to welcome Jessy and Terry to our team,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All.  “Their unparalleled leadership and depth of experience will help strengthen Green For All’s efforts to develop and scale more equitable solutions to poverty and climate change.” Tolkan will lead the national nonprofit’s efforts to deepen and advance its legislative agenda, including passing comprehensive federal climate and energy legislation, and a jobs bill that includes provisions to expand opportunities for the country’s most vulnerable communities.  She will also be instrumental in growing and activating Green For All’s extensive network of supporters and strategic partnerships. “We are standing in the midst of a historic opportunity to build a strong and inclusive green economy,” said Tolkan.  “I am honored to join this exceptional team that has been leading this charge.” Tolkan comes to Green For All after serving as executive director of Energy Action Coalition, a network of more than fifty youth organizations united in their fight for a clean-energy future. Among her achievements, last year Tolkan organized the largest single lobby day on Capitol Hill focused on global warming.  In 2004, she helped to register more than 130,000 young voters and produce one of the highest youth-turnout rates in the country. She also played a lead role in organizing POWER SHIFT 2009, the largest youth gathering on global warming.  Tolkan has been featured in various publications such as The New York Times, TIME, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone. As Communications Director, Samuel will develop and direct the organization’s communications strategies to promote best practices and advance its policy initiatives to key stakeholders including media, Members of Congress, industry leaders, local electeds, and grassroots organizations. He will also oversee Green For All’s award-winning online efforts. “No issue is more crucial to the short-term recovery of America than widespread and sustained job creation, and none more central to its long-term viability than the development and expansion of an energy economy that stops doing harm to the planet,” Samuel said. “Together, these two ideas pose some of the most important political and economic questions of our time. I can’t think of a better place to engage in that debate right now than at Green For All.” Previously, Samuel served as deputy editor of TheRoot.com, the Washington Post Company’s  web site aimed at a predominantly African-Americans audience.  He was an integral part of the leadership team that developed and launched the publication, and oversaw its daily operations and long-term editorial strategy. Samuel is a veteran reporter with over twenty-years of experience. For the past six years, he has written a weekly column for The American Prospect, one of which appears in the Best American Political Writing of 2009 (Public Affairs).  Prior to TheRoot.com, Samuel was director of editorial programming at AOL Black Voices where he managed an editorial team of thirty writers and editors responsible for creating and promoting content for African-American users. He was the chief congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report for five years before that and served as a national correspondent for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Press Release: Green For All expands D.C. office with the addition of Jessy Tolkan and Terence Samuel

Authors: ada

[OAKLAND, CA] – Green For All announced today the expansion of its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of Jessy Tolkan and Terence Samuel. Tolkan, formerly of Energy Action Coalition, joins as Political Director. Samuel, previously with TheRoot.com, joins as Communications Director.

“As we work to build access and opportunity in and political will for a clean-energy economy, we are delighted to welcome Jessy and Terry to our team,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Their unparalleled leadership and depth of experience will help strengthen Green For All’s efforts to develop and scale more equitable solutions to poverty and climate change.”

Read the rest of the Press Release.


Statement from Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the Department of Labor's announcement of nearly $100 million in green-jobs training grants

Jan 06, 2010

Today, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $100 million in grants to train workers for jobs in the green-energy sector, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The statement, from Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, follows: “As an organization dedicated to building broad opportunity through green investment, we commend the Administration’s announcement of almost $100 million for green-jobs training grants.  This money will make the promise of a clean-energy economy real for workers struggling during these tough times. “We applaud President Obama, Secretary Solis, and Congress for ensuring that green jobs are part of our nation’s recovery.  This money is designed to create jobs and the means to prepare a skilled workforce that is fundamental to lifting our country out of the economic and environmental crises. “But this is more than a legislative victory.  This is an investment in the American dream.  It is a chance for all people to learn and earn in the green economy. “Green For All is proud to have played an integral part in maximizing opportunities for our most vulnerable communities.  We look forward to continuing our work with the Administration and providing more pathways out of poverty through a clean-energy economy.”

  About Green For All (www.gfa.fchq.ca) Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean-energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda.

Press Release: Cecilia V. Estolano to join Green For All

Authors: ada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2009

[OAKLAND, CA] – Green For All today announced that Cecilia V. Estolano will join the national organization, which advocates for broad access and opportunity in the clean- energy economy. Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), will spearhead Green For All’s effort to scale public-private partnerships that grow family-supporting, green jobs in cities across the country.

“I am thrilled to welcome Cecilia to our diverse and growing team,” said Phaedra Ellis- Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Through her leadership, depressed communities in Los Angeles have been revitalized. We welcome her proven redevelopment acumen that will allow Green For All to create more economic and job opportunities in cities across the country.”

While at CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano oversaw a budget of over $700 million in 32 redevelopment project areas. She successfully delivered significant transformative investment to areas of Los Angeles that have previously not shared in the city’s cycles of prosperity. During her tenure, CRA/LA adopted a landmark local hiring policy for construction projects that receive financial support from CRA/LA. The agency also created a Healthy Neighborhoods policy that serves as a blueprint to integrate sustainability principles throughout CRA/LA’s practices, programs, and projects.

Additionally, Ms. Estolano served on President-elect Obama’s Transition Team as the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Review Team. “I commend Cecilia Estolano and the many accomplishments achieved by the CRA under her steady leadership,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Over the past few years, we have seen ambitious redevelopment ideas come to fruition in some of our most distressed communities. Cecilia was at the forefront of our efforts to create a clean tech corridor and it was her unwavering commitment to provide living wage jobs for hard-working Angelenos that resulted in project labor agreements. Cecilia has been a public servant in the truest sense and the City of Los Angeles is grateful for her service.

I wish her the best of luck at Green For All and look forward to seeing the virtuous work she will accomplish in the future.”

“I’m excited to be joining the Green For All team,” said Estolano. “Green For All is a national leader in promoting quality green jobs for underserved communities. I’m delighted to introduce their work to Los Angeles, while promoting LA’s best practices around family-supporting, green-construction, and clean-tech manufacturing jobs to the rest of the nation,” said Estolano.


CECILIA V. ESTOLANO TO JOIN GREEN FOR ALL

CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles to Scale Innovative Retrofit and Green Job Training Programs

[OAKLAND, CA] – Green For All today announced that Cecilia V. Estolano will join the national organization, which advocates for broad access and opportunity in the clean-energy economy.  Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), will spearhead Green For All’s effort to scale public-private partnerships that grow family-supporting, green jobs in cities across the country. “I am thrilled to welcome Cecilia to our diverse and growing team,” said Phaedra Ellis- Lamkins, CEO of Green For All.  “Through her leadership, depressed communities in Los Angeles have been revitalized.  We welcome her proven redevelopment acumen that will allow Green For All to create more economic and job opportunities in cities across the country.” While at CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano oversaw a budget of over $700 million in 32 redevelopment project areas.  She successfully delivered significant transformative investment to areas of Los Angeles that have previously not shared in the city’s cycles of prosperity.  During her tenure, CRA/LA adopted a landmark local hiring policy for construction projects that receive financial support from CRA/LA.  The agency also created a Healthy Neighborhoods policy that serves as a blueprint to integrate sustainability principles throughout CRA/LA’s practices, programs, and projects. Additionally, Ms. Estolano served on President-elect Obama’s Transition Team as the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Review Team. “I commend Cecilia Estolano and the many accomplishments achieved by the CRA under her steady leadership,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  “Over the past few years, we have seen ambitious redevelopment ideas come to fruition in some of our most distressed communities. Cecilia was at the forefront of our efforts to create a clean tech corridor and it was her unwavering commitment to provide living wage jobs for hard-working Angelenos that resulted in project labor agreements.  Cecilia has been a public servant in the truest sense and the City of Los Angeles is grateful for her service. I wish her the best of luck at Green For All and look forward to seeing the virtuous work she will accomplish in the future.” “I’m excited to be joining the Green For All team,” said Estolano. “Green For All is a national leader in promoting quality green jobs for underserved communities. I’m delighted to introduce their work to Los Angeles, while promoting LA’s best practices around family-supporting, green-construction, and clean-tech manufacturing jobs to the rest of the nation,” said Estolano. # # # About Green For All (www.gfa.fchq.ca) Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean-energy economy.   The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda.

GREEN FOR ALL JOINS NEARLY 200 ORGANIZATIONS TO URGE SENATE TO ADOPT ENERGY-EFFICIENCY PROVISION IN CLIMATE LEGISLATION

Measure Would Create Clean-Energy Jobs, Save Americans Money, and Reduce Carbon Pollution


Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) takes up the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act this week, a diverse coalition has come together to urge the EPW Committee to include an additional energy-efficiency measure that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, lower electricity costs for consumers and businesses, and reduce pollution that causes global warming. The coalition – consisting of nearly 200 business, labor, civil rights, and environmental groups including Green For All – has sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of EPW, to support the important provision that would require an investment in energy-efficiency equivalent to at least one-third the value of the allowance allocations given to electric utilities. According to recent analyses, the adoption of this energy-efficiency provision would help to:
  • Generate $100 billion in electric-efficiency investments;
  • Create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2020 in construction, energy service, building maintenance, and operations; and
  • Reduce residential, commercial, and industrial energy bills by approximately $300 billion.
Following is a joint statement from the broad-based coalition: “We believe that the adoption of an additional electric utility, energy-efficiency measure in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will reap tremendous benefits for our economy and consumers.  Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest and cleanest way to reduce our carbon pollution. We urge the Environment and Public Works Committee to act now by adopting this provision to create jobs, reduce pollution, and save consumers and businesses money.” For more information about the benefits of energy efficiency, see: Climate Change Policy as an Economic Redevelopment Opportunity: The Role of Productive Investments in Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

GREEN FOR ALL JOINS NEARLY 200 ORGANIZATIONS TO URGE SENATE TO ADOPT ENERGY-EFFICIENCY PROVISION IN CLIMATE LEGISLATION

Measure Would Create Clean-Energy Jobs, Save Americans Money, and Reduce Carbon Pollution


Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2009) – As the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) takes up the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act this week, a diverse coalition has come together to urge the EPW Committee to include an additional energy-efficiency measure that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, lower electricity costs for consumers and businesses, and reduce pollution that causes global warming. The coalition – consisting of nearly 200 business, labor, civil rights, and environmental groups including Green For All – has sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of EPW, to support the important provision that would require an investment in energy-efficiency equivalent to at least one-third the value of the allowance allocations given to electric utilities. According to recent analyses, the adoption of this energy-efficiency provision would help to:
  • Generate $100 billion in electric-efficiency investments;
  • Create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2020 in construction, energy service, building maintenance, and operations; and
  • Reduce residential, commercial, and industrial energy bills by approximately $300 billion.
Following is a joint statement from the broad-based coalition: “We believe that the adoption of an additional electric utility, energy-efficiency measure in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will reap tremendous benefits for our economy and consumers.  Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest and cleanest way to reduce our carbon pollution. We urge the Environment and Public Works Committee to act now by adopting this provision to create jobs, reduce pollution, and save consumers and businesses money.” For more information about the benefits of energy efficiency, see: Climate Change Policy as an Economic Redevelopment Opportunity: The Role of Productive Investments in Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions 


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