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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 

LIVING CITIES AND GREEN FOR ALL ANNOUNCE CREATION OF “ENERGY EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITY FUND” DURING CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE

Groundbreaking Social Investment Fund Will Finance Innovative Job-Creation and Energy-Saving Efforts in Low-Income Communities

[New York, September 25, 2009] – Today, at the closing session of Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, Living Cities and Green For All unveiled the Energy Efficiency Opportunity Fund alongside former President Bill Clinton.  The groundbreaking fund will finance innovative efforts to retrofit homes, businesses and community facilities to achieve greater energy efficiency while also creating jobs and cutting energy costs for low-income families. By investing in new models for financing retrofits, the Fund will help catalyze and leverage additional funding from federal, state and local governments, financial institutions and foundations. ”This Fund is an extension of Green For All’s commitment to build a clean-energy economy that is ripe with broad opportunity and shared prosperity for every neighborhood,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All.  “Economic recovery and economic opportunity can converge through smart investments in people, place and planet.” The Fund will provide a unique platform for “triple bottom line” returns, including:
  • A financial return of 2 - 3 percent annually;
  • An environmental return in the form of reduced energy consumption and avoided greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • A social return that saves money and creates jobs for low-income people.
”The creation of the Fund is part of our intentional strategy to ensure that low-income people and places can benefit from the emerging green economy,” said Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht.  “ The sponsors estimate that when fully deployed, a $20 million fund would leverage approximately $200 million in financing for building energy retrofits. On an annual basis, this would mean:
  • 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided – the equivalent of more than 4,700 cars taken off the road;
  • 25% energy savings on average in 15,000 homes, with total household savings of $6 million;
  • 25% energy savings on average in 2,000 commercial/community buildings;
  • 2,500 clean energy jobs, with substantial opportunity for low-income people; and
  • Improved health increased household income and/or greater worker productivity experienced by 40,000 people.
Green For All and Living Cities are considering investment opportunities both in states traditionally seen as environmental strongholds such as California, Washington and Massachusetts, as well as in cities in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions that are developing innovative strategies. # # # 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. About Living Cities (www.livingcities.org) Founded in 1991, Living Cities is an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 21 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions. Our members are not simply funders. They participate at the senior management level on the Living Cities Board of Directors and contribute the time of 80+ expert staff toward crafting and implementing our agenda, which is focused on improving the lives of low-income people in America’s urban areas.  Over the past 18 years, Living Cities' members have collectively invested over $600 million which has, in turn, leveraged more than $16 billion in tangible community assets. AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW, PHAEDRA ELLIS-LAMPKINS, CEO, GREEN FOR ALL, BEN HECHT, PRESIDENT & CEO, LIVING CITIES MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Martone 917.929.0527 amartone@livingcities.org www.livingcities.org David Falkenstein 212.691.2800 Falkenstein@sunshinesachs.com www.gfa.fchq.ca

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS DISCUSS EDUCATING COMMUNITIES ON EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CLEAN-ENERGY ECONOMY

Hip Hop Caucus and Green For All announce the Green the Block campaign to further broad participation

WASHINGTON - Members of President Obama’s Green Cabinet and the community engagement campaign, Green the Block, met in Washington today to discuss ways to ensure that opportunities from the new green economy are available to a broad cross section of the American people. In response to the president’s call to service through the United We Serve campaign, Green the Block also presented a birthday gift to President Obama in the form of a call to action for green community service projects in underserved communities on September 11th, the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Participants in today’s event included Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency; and Under Secretary Kristina Johnson, Department of Energy. They were joined by Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus; Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All; and leaders of Green the Block. Administrator Jackson, who grew up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, understands the environmental challenges faced by individuals and families in vulnerable communities across the country. “Poison in the ground means poison in the economy. A weak environment means a weak consumer base. And unhealthy air means an unhealthy atmosphere for investments,” Jackson said. “In case after case, the things that make good environmental sense also make good economic sense. When we put that environmental green on the block, we also put a lot more of that economic green on the block.” Secretary Donovan discussed efforts by HUD to weatherize multi-family housing across the country and keep those jobs in impacted communities. “The transition to clean energy and the benefits from it should extend to every corner of the country and penetrate communities that have long been passed over whenever waves of economic innovation are developing,” Donovan said. “This effort to advance information and resources to these communities now is a big step towards ensuring that the emerging green economy provides not simply a job, but a chance to build a business or invest in the next great idea in the industry.” The Department of Energy is also making significant investments with more than $8 billion for weatherization projects in local communities and incentivizing the use of clean energy. This work involves installing new energy efficient windows and doors, updating insulation, and encouraging state and local governments to use more fuel efficient vehicles and renewable forms of energy. Under Secretary Johnson noted that, “Cleaner communities are more livable communities. This is a chance for us to significantly change course in our use of energy and lift up the economic fortunes of individuals and families.” Convened by Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus, Green the Block is a new campaign to more deeply engage our most vulnerable communities in the transition to a 21st-century economy. Green the Block will encourage education, legislative advocacy, private-sector development and youth activism, and is supported by a broad-base coalition of partners. “Green the Block is a movement to build a clean-energy economy where everyone has a chance to succeed,” said Ellis-Lamkins. “That starts with making sure that those who are often left out and left behind – low-income people and communities of color – have a voice and a presence in this movement. These communities also need a fair share of the economic, social and environmental benefits this transition is creating.” Traditionally underserved areas are often hardest hit by environmental hazards and inefficiencies including industrial brownfields, ground contamination and structural deficiencies. In the coming months as these areas are cleaned up and we move more towards a clean-energy economy, Green the Block will launch an effort to educate traditionally underserved communities about the opportunities available to individuals in the emerging green economy through job training, entrepreneurship, and increased energy efficiency through infrastructure development. According to Reverend Yearwood, this transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is rich with opportunities for all Americans, and everyone should have a chance to participate. “Clean-energy investments will create more job opportunities than spending on fossil fuels, like oil, natural gas and coal,” Yearwood said. “The building of a clean-energy economy in the United States can serve to create new pathways out of poverty for the 78 million people in this country who are presently poor or near poor.”

Clean-Energy Investment Provides Economic Boost, More Jobs, and Expanded Opportunities

New analysis demonstrates how America can create 1.7 million jobs and opportunities for low-income families

Contact: Jason Rahlan, Center for American Progress, 202.481.8132 jrahlan@americanprogress.org Marni Tomljanovic, Green for All, (212) 691.2800 Tomljanovic@sunshinesachs.com Michael Oko, Natural Resources Defense Council, (202) 513.6245 moko@nrdc.org Debbie Zeidenberg, Political Economy Research Institute, (413) 577.3147 dzeiden@peri.umass.edu
Washington (June 18, 2009) – As clean energy and climate legislation moves through Congress, new data show that a $150 billion investment in clean energy could create a net increase of 1.7 million American jobs and significantly lower the national unemployment rate. According to the analysis, shifting to a clean-energy economy will help millions of low-income Americans by creating more accessible job opportunities ─ with the potential for advancement ─ and by lowering utility bills and transportation costs. Two complementary reports ─ prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PERI), Center for American Progress (CAP), Green For All, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ─ outline how investment in a clean-energy economy will produce significant economic and job creation benefits. These include the generation of roughly three times more jobs than would be generated by the same investment in the existing fossil fuel infrastructure. “Jobs are the cornerstone of any economic recovery, and these reports show that investing in the clean-energy economy will create 1.7 million new jobs across the country as well as cut America’s contribution to global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said John Podesta, President of the Center for American Progress. “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy: How the Economic Stimulus Program and New Legislation Can Boost U.S. Economic Growth and Employment” from PERI and CAP explains how the combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) could serve as the foundation for bringing total clean-energy investments in the United States to approximately $150 billion per year. This public spending and private investment would produce a net gain of 1.7 million new jobs. “These reports make 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,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “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.” “Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States” from PERI, NRDC and Green For All shows that shifting from traditional fossil fuel to clean energy will improve the standard of living for millions of Americans across all skill and education levels, especially among lower-income families. According to the “Green Prosperity” report, nearly half of the 1.7 million new jobs created by green investment will be accessible to workers with relatively low levels of formal education. Of these, nearly 75 percent will have high potential for advancement. This expansion could drive down the unemployment rate by more than one percentage point. ”As Congressional leaders debate energy and climate legislation in Washington, we are seeing growing momentum behind a shift to clean energy and efficiency across America," said Peter Lehner, Executive Director of NRDC, "It's never been clearer that American ingenuity and investment in clean energy can be a driving force for economic growth, energy independence, and environmental protection, so we can increase economic opportunities while reducing global warming pollution.” In addition to creating new economic opportunities, this investment will significantly contribute to improvements in energy efficiency in buildings and homes, lowering overall energy costs for consumers and especially benefiting lower-income households. These savings could be as high as 4 percent of household incomes for some families. Moving to clean energy would also improve public transportation, especially in urban areas, which could lead to an average reduction in living costs of 1 to 4 percent per family. “Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy” breaks down the economic growth potential in all 50 states, while the “Green Prosperity” report focuses on job creation and the economic impact on lower-income families in 41 regions across 22 states. “These studies draw on simple but robust modeling techniques to estimate the effects on U.S. employment and living standards of a $150 billion annual clean-energy investment program,” said Robert Pollin, Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. “By synthesizing these data sources and modeling approaches in a new way, we are able to observe in detail how clean-energy investments can deliver substantial benefits to communities throughout the country, especially for lower-income working people and their families.” For the full reports, state and regional fact sheets go to:http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy.htmlwww.gfa.fchq.ca/report,www.nrdc.org/greenjobs, and www.peri.umass.edu. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people. 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. The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) promotes human and ecological well-being through our original research. Our approach is to translate what we learn into workable policy proposals that are capable of improving life on our planet today and in the future. In the words of the late Professor Robert Heilbroner, we at PERI “strive to make a workable science out of morality.” Established in 1998, PERI is an independent unit of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with close ties to the Department of Economics. Download the Press Release

Climate Equity Alliance

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Janet Hodur, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 202-408-1080, hodur@cbpp.org John Neurohr, Center for American Progress 202-481-8182, jneurohr@americanprogress.org Aimee Allison, Green For All 510-343-4019, aimee@gfa.fchq.ca WASHINGTON – More than two dozen organizations – from the research, advocacy, faith-based, labor, and civil rights communities – have formed the Climate Equity Alliance to help ensure that the strong policies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also protect low- and moderate-income households and expand economic opportunity. The Alliance will promote direct consumer rebates for low- and moderate-income families and individuals to offset higher energy-related prices that result from climate legislation. In addition, as part of the nation's transition to a low-carbon economy, the Alliance will promote policies both to help create quality "green jobs" and to train low- and moderate-income workers to fill them. “As an organization working toward the creation of an inclusive green economy that's strong enough to lift people out of poverty, Green For All believes that, if done right, climate policy can fight pollution and alleviate poverty at the same time,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, a CEA member organization. “Green For All is active in the Climate Equity Alliance because we want to ensure that climate policies provide equal protection and equal opportunity for all communities.” “Climate change legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions need not squeeze the budgets of low- and middle-income families,” said Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, also a CEA member organization. “Proceeds from auctioning emissions allowances can be used, in part, for well-designed consumer relief that restores to these families the purchasing power they otherwise would lose as a result of higher prices for energy-related products.” The United States should also approach climate policy as economic policy that advances the principles of fairness and opportunity, according to the Alliance. “The Center for American Progress recognizes that solving global warming is as much an enormous economic opportunity as it is landmark environmental legislation,” commented Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow with CEA member organization, the Center for American Progress. “We can design a climate policy that protects families, communities, and industries, while simultaneously laying the foundation for a vibrant, sustainable, clean energy economy that invests in low-carbon infrastructure, creates good jobs, fosters innovation, and makes America a leader in developing clean technology for the 21st century.” As Congress moves to enact federal climate legislation and as the United States enters global climate negotiations with other nations, Climate Equity Alliance member organizations will educate policymakers and others on the need for bold action that averts the worst environmental and economic consequences of global warming while protecting and providing pathways to prosperity for the most vulnerable Americans. #   #   # The Climate Equity Alliance is a broad convening of organizations working to ensure that climate policy effectively addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income families, workers, and communities. Member groups work on issues ranging from poverty to hunger to civil rights to economic justice and include: Green For All Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Center for American Progress Service Employees International Union NAACP National Hispanic Environmental Council Oxfam America Democracia Ahora Wider Opportunities for Women First Focus Economic Policy Institute Redefining Progress US Action Coalition on Human Needs The Workforce Alliance Union for Reform Judaism Center for Law and Social Policy National Low Income Housing Coalition ACORN Policy Link Citizens for Tax Justice Enterprise Community Partners United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The Washington Office of Public Policy, Women's Division, United Methodist Church