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New Report Shows Promise of Clean-Energy Jobs in Home Building
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New Report Shows Promise of Clean-Energy Jobs in Home Building

Van Jones Delivers Remarks at the Report’s Release Event at the Center for American Progress Action Fund

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WASHINGTON, DC—A new report shows how innovative public policy can transform the market for home energy efficiency, create tens of thousands of new clean-energy jobs, and leverage billions in private capital to revitalize the housing sector.

The Center for American Progress released the “Green Jobs/Green Homes” report today providing a policy roadmap for New York State to achieve mass-scale, energy-efficiency retrofits of 1 million housing units over the next five years.

At an event marking the release, Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, spoke about the importance of creating clean-energy jobs, noting, “We have a president who actually understands that we can enhance our economic performance by enhancing our environmental performance. It is by diversifying our energy portfolio that we create more jobs.” He went on to emphasize the incredible opportunities for job creation, small business development, and sustained economic growth through a clean-energy transformation.

The “Green Jobs/Green Homes” report from the Center for American Progress, the Center for Working Families, and Half in Ten, outlines a program that will:

  • Combat climate change by reducing home energy consumption by 30 percent to 40 percent. This reduction will avoid the need for new power plants and cut residential energy use—which is responsible for 40 percent of New York’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Create 60,000 green job-years directly related to the expansion of retrofit work and another 60,000 job-years indirectly through additional economic activity.
  • Save New York households more than $1 billion annually through reduced home energy use and energy bill savings, with consumer protections to maximize benefits of lowered housing costs.
  • Leverage $5 billion in private investments to pay for retrofits through the creation of an innovative financing model to secure third-party investments.

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For more information on today’s event, or to speak with any of our experts, please contact John Neurohr at 202.481.8182 or [email protected].

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