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EPA Administrator Talks Jobs in NYC

2012 February 1

EPA Administrator Lisa P Jackson has a candid conversation with New York City stakeholders at the green jobs roundtable held last Monday.

By Elizabeth Myer 

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson dropped by our New York City offices on Monday, where she spoke to and inspired employees and held a roundtable with local stakeholders. During her visit, the Administrator addressed many of the priorities laid out in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last week, namely focusing on the intersection of environmental protection, public health, green jobs and a strong economy in 2012 and beyond. 

(Left) EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck answers questions alongside Administrator Jackson

At the Roundtable that followed, Lisa Jackson posed a question to NYC leaders in order solicit their thoughts on job creation through environmental protection. Specifically, the Administrator wanted to know how to amplify the success stories many small businesses have had creating green jobs in the backdrop of large industry cuts. Participants were asked to enlighten others by sharing past work which highlighted the nexus between environmental protection and a strong economy. The overall response was encouraging and inspiring. One stakeholder suggested that green jobs should be expanded to all sectors (instead of just energy) as a means to change the national narrative. Another participant emphasized the importance of professional development for individuals seeking work in the green jobs sector. Furthermore, the roundtable attendees each made suggestions for specific steps to promote job creation in the field of environmental protection. Jackson listened intently throughout the meeting and in her concluding remarks, challenged the roundtable participants to “be the legislation” that drives these issues. 

Here is my question to you, our valuable readers and environmental stakeholders: How can we broaden communication between diverse groups on the subject of green job creation?

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Louis permalink
    February 2, 2012

    The only way to promote this is to make green a cool thing. And it’s already working.
    It’s funny how everyone goes green nowadays in the EU. It’s like having a facebook account. It’s mandatory good business practice. If I have nothing else to contribute, at least I can brag about my servers running on eco-power.
    If polluters would get the PR and punishment they deserve things will change. Unfortunately all the small EU states won’t change anything if the big players like US and China keep polluting on the current level. For the US and China it’s all about profit and not saving the planet and that’s a shame.

  2. Tony permalink
    February 12, 2012

    Although I don’t have much knowledge on job creation through environmental protection, it seems promising. I’m just glad that we are taking steps to create more jobs to make this economy stronger.

    God Bless.

  3. Justin permalink
    February 13, 2012

    job creation is what we need to get this country back

  4. seowalla permalink
    March 8, 2012

    More jobs more happy faces :)

  5. smith permalink
    March 27, 2012

    we need more green revolution , more green jobs

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