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Boston Green Jobs Initiative

Posted on January 28, 2009

Investing in clean and energy-efficient initiatives could help create more Boston green jobs.

Community Labor United
and Environment Massachusetts recently released “Clean Energy, Bright Future: rebuilding America through Green Infrastructure,” a report highlighting the potential to stimulate the economy and reduce pollution through clean energy and green technology investments. The report specifically focuses on the green aspects of the upcoming federal economic recovery plan.

The recommendations include $550 million of local projects that will create more than 10,000 jobs and contribute $2.5 million to the local economy during the next two years. More than $100 million are related to clean energy and green infrastructure investments.

“While it’s true that we are battling a recession, now is the time to start planning for the future,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a press release. “My administration has worked to build a foundation for Boston to be a leader in sustainable development and green job creation.

“This report underscores the need for comprehensive action from the local, state, and federal government in order to move our economy and our environment in the right direction for the future,” Menino continued. “Boston is ready to play an essential role in strengthening our neighborhoods and repairing our economy by investing in clean energy sources and green infrastructure.”

Menino has submitted the recommendations to President Barack Obama‘s transition team. Obama has pledged to make clean energy and green infrastructure an important part of the country’s economic recovery plan. Details of the overall federal stimulus package have yet to be released.

The City of Boston also has submitted proposals through the Municipal Task Force to Gov. Deval Patrick for more than $100 million in investments. Menino’s Renew Boston effort could receive $30 million in economic recovery funding from: $13 million for renewable energy installations, $8 million to implement an integrated energy management plan and $6.65 million for the low income residential energy efficiency program.