The optimism starts herecomments (1) December 22nd, 2008 in Blogs
Posted by: Rob Moody
I attended the USGBC's Greenbuild Expo in Boston last month with 30,000 folks that were enthusiastic about the green-building movement. My week started on Monday with the Affordable Housing Summit sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation. I spoke about our experience with the NOLA100 project.
The expo’s opening plenary included an extremely positive keynote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In that speech, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate thanked America for electing a president with a specific agenda tied to energy efficiency and green building. In fact, a sense of optimism was ubiquitous throughout this year’s expo. It derived less from the political implication of our recent elections and more from what we now know will be the future of the green movement.
Undoubtedly, job growth in the alternative-energy and green-building sectors is on our next president’s immediate agenda. After the keynote, I went to President-elect Barack Obama’s Web site to get some specifics about what his green plan entails. I’ve listed some highlights and timelines. We can expect the next administration to:
• Provide short-term relief to American families facing hardship at the gas pump.
• Create 5 million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future (over the next 10 years).
• Save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined (within the next 10 years).
• Put 1 million American-made, plug-in hybrid cars—cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon—on the road (by 2015).
• Ensure 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources (by 2012).
• Ensure 25% of our electricity comes from renewable sources (by 2025).
• Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 80% (by 2050).
If you’re interested in reading more about my Greenbuild 2008 takeaways, check back soon. I’m going to blog about a few other speakers, including Van Jones and The Green-Collar Economy, and the closing session with my favorite biologist, Edward O. Wilson, and naturalist Janine Benyus. As a closet salamander geek, I really enjoyed getting the biological perspective on the green-building movement.
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