David Foster is executive director at the BlueGreen Alliance, which describes itself as "a national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy."
January 24, 2012 - In Anoka, manufacturers like Olympic Steel, Firestone, Pentair and Micron Metalworks are hiring people who've graduated from a precision sheet metal class that incorporates the principles of "green manufacturing" — aimed at reducing waste and energy use on the shop floor. These companies report that improving sustainability means more money on their bottom lines, in addition to its being the right thing to do.
One thing is made clear by the report: Going green is growing new, good jobs in our state. Workers from every walk of life, in every industry and in every part of Minnesota, are finding out they too can be part of an economy that values sustainability and reducing waste.
But what the report doesn't count are all the jobs created throughout the supply chain for the industries that will drive a cleaner, more energy-efficient and more competitive American economy: read more>>>