What We Can Learn From Portland

It seems like all we hear these days is bad news — rising poverty, increasing violence, unprecedented weather disasters — the list goes on. But there’s another story out there, one we don’t hear enough about. It’s the story of a transformation that’s quietly unfolding as the green economy takes root in neighborhoods and cities across America. Cities like Portland, Oregon. Three years ago, Green For All teamed up with the city of Portland on a pilot program designed to weatherize homes and cut energy waste. We believed that the city’s energy efficiency efforts could do more than just slash pollution and fight global warming. Done right, this work could lift people out of poverty and change lives. Already, the Clean Energy Works Oregon program has made more than 900 homes energy efficient — cutting five million pounds of carbon pollution and generating $12 million for the local economy. Most importantly, the program has put roughly 500 people to work, with a focus on hiring people who face barriers to finding jobs.

Huffington Post

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