Pittsburgh, PA (March 13, 2008)- At the “Good Jobs Green Jobs” Conference, Architecture 2030 founder Edward Mazria said buildings are responsible for almost half (48 percent) of all US energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Mazria’s “2030 Blueprint,” released at the conference, claims that with an annual investment of $21.6 billion per year for five years, building energy efficiency would replace 22.3 conventional coal-fired power plants, reduce CO2 emissions by 86.7 million metric tons, save 204 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 10.7 million barrels of oil, save consumers $8.46 billion in energy bills and create 216,000 new jobs.
At the conference, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell said, “America’s economy is facing pressure today from job losses, international competition, mounting national debt, and a declining dollar. We can relieve these pressures by investing in clean and green energy efficiency and production technologies. And, in doing so, we can help put our people back to work – especially in the manufacturing industry that has been so decimated by the outsourcing of jobs to overseas firms.”
Also at the conference, a coalition of nonprofit environmental and economic research organizations from across the country headed by the Apollo Alliance released two new guides to help cities and states enhance opportunities in the clean, green, energy-efficient job sectors. The guide, “Green-Collar Jobs in America’s Cities,” was accompanied by a similar study and plan of action for state policy makers, “Greener Pathways.”
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