Archive for January, 2009



NASHVILLE – A new report released today shows Tennessee could reduce the unemployment rate, reduce manufacturing job losses and increase income growth by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.


The report “Growing Green: The Potential for Green Job Growth in Tennessee” was prepared by the Research and Statistics Unit of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Employment Security Division and released to the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Policy.


“Green jobs have the potential to be an important economic engine for Tennessee,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Transferring skills from manufacturing and other industries to the growing green job market could mark a turning point for job creation and retention in our state.”


An analysis of five Tennessee energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors – green building, biofuels, wind, solar, and geothermal energy – identified 162 occupations with significant employment potential in Tennessee.


“Solving Tennessee’s energy and environmental problems will stimulate our economy at a time when many people are looking for work,” says Commissioner James Neeley. “The report suggests that not only large employers like Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville are the answer, but also smaller companies involved with installation and retrofitting of buildings can bring in a lot of work across the state.”


Many of the potential gains would be in the same categories of jobs people work in today.  For example, construction and modification of green buildings requires electricians, roofers and carpenters.  Expansion in biofuels requires chemical engineers, agricultural equipment operators and truck drivers.  Construction of wind energy sources requires tool and die makers, metal fabricators and industrial production managers, among many others.




Tennessee statistics included in the report are as follows:

          With an expenditure of $1.9 billion in Tennessee over a period of two years, it is estimated that around 45,000 new jobs could be created from expanded energy efficiency and renewable energy production.

          Early estimates suggest with an accelerated investment effort, Tennessee could gain more than 4,200 full-time jobs in wind and nearly 400 in solar components manufacturing by 2015.

          Among the 162 occupations considered to be related to green jobs in Tennessee, three out of four do not require a college education. 


The complete report, “Growing Green; The Potential for Green Job Growth in Tennessee” can be found on the Internet at the following:



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Listen to Dr. King, and be inspired to dream your dream whatever your dream may be.


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February 5, 2009 – Host “The First 100 Days,”
a National Teach-In on your campus on the importance of the President’s Climate Action Plan and campus leadership in the pivotal first 100 days of the new administration.  The kick-off webcast features David Orr, Larry Schweiger, Jessy Tolkan, Billy Parish and others.

February 28-March 2, 2009 – Send your students to Washington DC to converge on Capitol Hill
seeking clean energy solutions and green jobs at Powershift 2009.

April 15, 2009 Celebrate bold climate solutions and host Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming on your campus.
The acclaimed national webcast showcases some of the most successful innovations to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint on campuses and beyond. The campus that registers the most people for this free program wins a free campus concert by The Steps!

We invite you to participate in all of these activities this spring!  If we can help you with logistics, don’t hesitate to let us know by phone or email.


Julian Keniry
Senior Director, Campus and Community Leadership
703-438-6000 or 1-800-822-9919

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Go to the Friends of the Earth website to tell congress that coal is public enemy number one. A ban on new coal-fired power plants is needed immediately, and we must rapidly phase out existing coal facilities and replace them with clean energy alternatives and energy efficiency. 

Friends of the Earth’s campaigns are:  global warming, government and industry, transportation, healthy people, energy, land, air and water. 

Check them out and take action to help the environment.

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Check out these links about the green movement from the library’s SIRS database.

Each month SIRS features a different topic. 

Jan 2009 is the presidential inauguration

Come to the library in January and see our U.S. presidential exhibit.

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