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Creating Food System Jobs

The Union of Concerned Scientists have come out with a report that hits on one of our big priorities for Down to Earth!

The report details economic and job creation benefits of Farmers Markets and other local food outlets. 

Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems --  http://t.co/3Pz3Tny

Thinking about the Brookings Report on the Clean Economy

"As a matter of aspiration, no swath of the economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal and potential job creation. Yet, the clean economy remains an enigma: hard to assess. Not only do “green” or “clean” activities and jobs related to environmental aims pervade all sectors of the U.S. economy; they also remain tricky to define and isolate—and count."

http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2011/0713_clean_economy.aspx 

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MASSCEC Announces "Pathways Out of Poverty" Green Collar Job Training Funds

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced a second round of grants available through the Pathways Out of Poverty Program, which funds green job training programs offered by clean energy companies, community-based nonprofit groups, educational institutions, and labor organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

Announcement of Pathways Out of Poverty grants from the CEC

One of the provisions of the Green Jobs Act that passed last summer was that there be money set aside for workforce training projects focused on low and moderate income residents of the Commonwealth that want to enter the emerging green economy. Last month, the Clean Energy Center announced the 5 grants from that program.

We have attached the press release below.

In summary, the five grant went to:

Clean Energy Technology Center

One of the things that the Green Jobs Bill (passed this summer) did was to create a new quasi-public entity. The Clean Energy Technology Center is designed to attract and create green industries, which includes seeding the required labor pipeline. The Center will fund several things: 

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