Green Gab: A Glossary of Terms used in Green Business

This glossary provides useful definitions for many of the terminology and buzzwords frequently used within the green industry. This guide serves as an introductory resource for anyone new to the intersection of sustainability and social justice, as well as for those who lack an exhaustive understanding of commonly used jargon.

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Clean Energy Works Portland Report

Green For All teamed up with the City of Portland to help implement a cutting-edge green jobs program. Clean Energy Works Portland is an effort that will cut energy bills, create green jobs, reduce pollution and expand business opportunities.  In addition, it will ensure that Recovery Act investment dollars reach those hit hardest by the recession.  It’s not a silver bullet, but it is a great model on which to build an important component of a new clean energy economy.

Green For All’s report details why Clean Energy Works Portland has such special appeal. The program includes a revolving loan fund with innovative “on-bill financing” and a Community Workforce Agreement that creates jobs in the communities that need them most.

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Expanding Opportunity: Employing The Formerly Incarcerated In The Green Economy

This reports provides information to enable efficient and equitable hiring of people with criminal records using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds. Published by the National Employment Law Project, with help from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and PolicyLink, the document serves as an easy-to-use resource for agencies that oversee WAP programs, contractors, and education and training providers. Expanding Opportunity is also a resource for community organizations and advocates working to promote fair opportunities for people with criminal records within the emerging green sector.

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Increasing Demand for Home Retrofits: Community-Based Outreach and Mobilization

Did you know that energy-efficiency loan programs in the U.S. have historically reached less than 0.1% of their potential customers? Community-based outreach and mobilization can help America finally realize the benefits of retrofitting its buildings by achieving the deep market penetration.  Green For All’s latest best practice brief, Increasing Demand for Home Retrofits, outlines the five key elements necessary to take advantage of these programs and successfully mobilize a community for home retrofits. The brief also provides compelling case studies that demonstrate the benefits of using existing networks and relationships to generate demand for residential efficiency.

To connect with and learn from peers around the country who work on building retrofit programs and policies, join our Community of Practice on Retrofitting America’s Cities.

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Community High Road Agreement for Seattle’s Residential Retrofit Projects

The City of Seattle is developing a program for weatherization of the city’s single family homes, using federal stimulus dollars to support local efforts. The key elements of the residential program include subsidized home energy performance audits and a revolving loan program to finance retrofit work. The Seattle Neighborhood WEB (Weatherize Every Building) Initiative will save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and create green jobs and training opportunities. 

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Greener Skills: How Credentials Create Value In The Clean Energy Economy

Even as this report delineates prominent national credentials in selected clean energy sectors, its purpose is larger: to suggest a more rational framework for human capital development in a greening economy.

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Clean Energy Works Portland Report

Green For All teamed up with the City of Portland to help implement a cutting-edge green jobs program. Clean Energy Works Portland is an effort that will cut energy bills, create green jobs, reduce pollution and expand business opportunities.  In addition, it will ensure that Recovery Act investment dollars reach those hit hardest by the recession.  It’s not a silver bullet, but it is a great model on which to build an important component of a new clean energy economy.

Green For All’s report details why Clean Energy Works Portland has such special appeal. The program includes a revolving loan fund with innovative “on-bill financing” and a Community Workforce Agreement that creates jobs in the communities that need them most.

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"Green Recovery For All" Series

a_understanding.jpegUnderstanding the Weatherization Assistance Program

This document offers a basic understanding of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program and guidance on how to produce the best results possible. (Posted 10/15/09)

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understanding_b.jpegUnderstanding the State Energy Program – from Green For All

This document offers a basic understanding of the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and guidance on how to produce the best results possible. (Posted 10/15/09)

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understanding_c.jpegUnderstanding the Competitive Grants for Green Jobs TrainingGreen For All has prepared this pamphlet about the U.S. Department of Labor’s $500 million in Competitive Grants for Green Jobs Training, which are new under the Recovery Act.  The pamphlet is meant as a resource for policy advocates, policy makers, employers, individuals, and applicants.  It includes key information about each grant program, recommendations for how grantees can best implement these grants, and tips for writing grant proposals.


business.jpegBusiness Guide to the Recovery

The purpose of this guide is to help businesses and nonprofits navigate the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).While the federal government has shown great initiative in passing ARRA, it is the private sector that will sustain our economic stability. This guide identifies opportunities to leverage ARRA investments to bring the green economy to scale, both nationally and in America’s most vulnerable communities.Green For All hopes that this guide will engage business and nonprofit leaders in a comprehensive economic and environmental recovery.This guide is part of the “A Green Recovery For All” series.


energy_efficiency.jpegUnderstanding the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

This document offers a basic explanation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and guidance on how to produce the best results possible.

federal.jpegFederal Resources to Enhance and Sustain Green Pathways Out of Poverty Programs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides an unprecedented opportunity to implement, enhance, and/or expand green pathways out of poverty programs. The ARRA, however large, presents only temporary or short-term funding and does not necessarily offer the comprehensive set of services that may be necessary for low-income and under-skilled workers to alleviate barriers to employment and to enter into green career pathways that lead to economic self-sufficiency. Therefore, identifying, coordinating, and accessing multiple federal, state, and local resources will be an essential part of developing an effective  sustainability strategy and implementing a broader range of programming options for green education and training.

This guide includes a short list of federal discretionary resources (mostly that existed before ARRA) that may support a diverse array of services and activities for participants in green jobs training programs, and includes excerpts of descriptions from the programs’ websites. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but to encourage broad and creative thinking about strategic planning for the financing and sustainability of green pathway out of poverty programs.

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A Short Guide to Setting Up a City Scale Retrofit Program

Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as  insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work.  Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.Clearly, a new model is needed. This guide by Green For All and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy provides a model for designing and implementing weatherization and retrofitting programs on a citywide scale, with a goal of making such retrofits available to all and realize their potential to address climate change, put people to work, and reduce our energy bills.In addition to reading this guide, we encourage your to connect with the network of peers we have formed to share best practices on these issues by joining our Retrofit America’s Cities Community of Practice.

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Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States

“Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States” is a new report from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI), commissioned by Green For All and NRDC.

The report 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. Through increased employment and lower energy bills and transportation costs, the standard of living for low-income people in particular would rise.

“Green Prosperity” focuses on job creation and the economic impact of clean-energy investments on lower-income families nationally, as well as in forty-one metropolitan statistical areas and Congressional Districts.

The report is written by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Heidi Garrett-Peltier from PERI. PERI released a complimentary report with the Center For American Progress called “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy: How the Economic Stimulus Program and New Legislation Can Boost U.S. Economic Growth and Employment.”

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“These reports makes clear that investment in a clean-energy economy will create pathways to prosperity for millions of Americans, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. Green-collar, career-path jobs that are accessible to Americans from a broad range of educational backgrounds are a win for our economy, a win for our environment, and a win for our workers.” - Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer, Green For All.


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