RENEW joins coalition for green jobs in stimulus plans

Posted on January 15, 2009. Filed under: General |


From a media release issued by the coalition:

Madison: Tuesday morning at the State Capitol, a broad new coalition of leaders in government, labor and environmental organizations unveiled a “Blueprint for Wisconsin’s Green Economy.” The Blueprint provides a vision and principles for how the federal economic recovery money should be used, and over $2 billion in examples of immediate, job-creating projects that increase our energy independence, build public transit systems, provide clean water, and rebuild crumbling urban infrastructure. The proposals as a whole would create an estimated 30,000 jobs in Wisconsin.

“Every week we hear about a plant closing somewhere in Wisconsin that puts thousands of skilled workers on the street,” said Chuck Geiger of the Blue Green Alliance. “We need to provide these people with good, family supporting, green jobs as well as a pathway to get there. Every displaced worker says to themselves ‘now what?’ We need to answer that question.”

“The Blueprint provides an answer by showing how investing economic recovery money in this way can both remedy the immediate economic crisis, and build the basis for a high wage, environmentally sustainable, 21st Century Wisconsin economy,” said Melissa Scanlan, Founder and Senior Counsel, Midwest Environmental Advocates.

The coalition identified key project areas that could increase the number of green jobs in Wisconsin:
· Building our energy independence through renewable energy
· Retrofitting existing homes, businesses, and government buildings to make them energy efficient
· Building public transit infrastructure to efficiently connect people to jobs
· Renovating crumbling urban infrastructure
· Fixing leaking sewage pipes and installing best practices to reduce storm water run-off

Nearly 30 organizations and local officials signed a letter to the Wisconsin Congressional delegation asking for support for the blueprint. Heading the list of the signers were:

Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz
City of Madison

Kathleen Falk
Dane County Executive

Rep. Spencer Black
Wisconsin State Legislature

Rep. Jon Richards
Wisconsin State Legislature

Rep. Tamara Grigsby
Wisconsin State Legislature

Kevin Shafer
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Tony Perez
Housing Authority City of Milwaukee

Ald. Robert Bauman
Milwaukee Common Council

Watch the press conference on Wisconsin Eye.

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