I just finished reading The Green Collar Economy: How one solution can fix our two biggest problems, by Van Jones, founder of Green For All. It was excellent! It was filled with great ideas and inspiring examples, including some I am particularly interested in from the (relatively) nearby neighborhood of the South Bronx. Two organizations, Sustainable South Bronx and the Green Worker Cooperative, have been doing some great work combining clean green development with needed jobs and training for the community’s unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled laborers. Not only do these types of projects infuse the local neighborhoods with money, but they raise spirits and morale as men and women find good jobs that can lead to careers. At the same time, they get to be leaders in the green movement – taking ownership and pride in working to retrofit our buildings, clean up damaged sites, plant green roofs, and more. I’m excited to get involved and help to promote projects like these!