Green Jobs, Green Housing Campaign Blasts Off!

This past Thursday community residents gathered together with PUSH to launch our Green Jobs, Green Housing Campaign. Over 50 people gathered outside of soon-to-be-rehabbed by PUSH, 398 Massachusetts ( a future PUSH rehab ) while two PUSH members told their stories of the necessity of green jobs and housing; Maxine Murphy, longtime PUSH boardmember and Roberto Sanchez, PUSH crew member. Afterward, in a bit of street theater 'money' was blown out a second floor window of 398 Mass. to represent the high cost of heating our homes during the long and cold Buffalo winters. We want to let politicians and decisions-makers know that real economic recovery begins with us and that for us, especially when we get our heating bills in the winter, going green isn't a lifestyle it's about survival! Here is the PUSH Green Jobs, Green Housing Platform: GJGH Campaign Platform 1. Public sector leaders and private utility companies should work to ensure that 1000 units are weatherized in 2009, thereby reducing utility costs and carbon emissions. 2. Create a "green jobs fund" to strengthen pathways to employment in the energy efficiency industry. 3. Pass legislation that would dramatically increase neighborhood access to residential retrofits. 4. A commitment to "greening" all local projects supported by Federal stimulus money so that people see development where they live and are able to connect to jobs they need to support their families. We want our utility bills to go down, to see development in our backyards and connect real people to real jobs in our neighborhoods. Remember, real people have real power!