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Blog posts tagged with 'california'

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Green jobs in the USA - Gill reflects on what IPPR learning-exchange means for a UK green economy

Back from the IPPR learning-exchange to California, in her third blog, Gill Harper of St Columb Minor School reflects on what she has learnt about green jobs in the USA. She explores what can be brought over to the UK and in particular to communities in Cornwall.

I learnt a lot from my trip to the California. In particular, I’ve noticed that American alliances are ambitious and have been fortunate to have backing by the federal and state governments. In the UK we can learn from them and firstly aim high. Although the funding gap between America and the UK is vast, our results in job creation look better by comparison. 

We should, however, seriously consider strategies to manufacture green technologies which would have a substantial impact on job creation and to consider the broader opportunities for growing a green economy.   

My understanding now is that ‘green jobs’ are not new jobs but they are existing jobs that need up-skilling.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Green jobs in the USA – Gill reports on days three and four of learning-exchange

Gill Harper, Business Manager at Ashden Award winner St Columb Minor, has just returned from San Francisco as part of a learning exchange organised by the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR). Following on from her blog in April, Gill today outlines the places she visited and what she learnt on days four and five of the trip. Gill meets Emily Kirsch of the inspirational Ella Baker Center, leader of the green-collar jobs campaign, she also visits an urban ‘releaf’ project which is creating jobs through planting trees in cities, an independent think-tank advocating green manufacturing called the Breakthrough Institute and the national organisation Green for All which is building a green jobs movement. Finally, Gill encounters Roots of Success which is bringing green ideas into the curriculum. 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

St Columb's Gill Harper reports on her learning-exchange week in California

Gill Harper, School Business Manager at our award-winning St Columb Minor School, is spending the week in California on the West Coast Green Alliance's learning exchange, organised by the IPPR.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

First and largest referendum on clean energy policy

Strong aggressive messaging from climate hawks in California - including its Governor (left) - ensured that voters yesterday rejected Proposition 23, which sought to repeal the 2006 Global Warming Act.

Time magazine describes this result as:

a decisive and historic victory for the state’s clean energy economy, clean air and climate policy. The defeat of the Dirty Energy Proposition signifies the first and largest public referendum in history on clean energy policy.

(Hat-tip: Climate Progress)