Sunday, December 20, 2009

Job creation with sustainable green initiatives

The news media is filled with concerns that why jobs are not being created faster and if Green jobs are really possible, even after billions of borrowed dollars are spent by our federal government. How can it happen and what to do in our communities is on the minds of our government officials.
The solutions can emerge from discussions held within the people who work in the public sectors , with guidance from private sector professionals acting as advisers.
Cost reduction and infrastructure investments are goals of the grant funding stimulus programs. Therefore, First identify existing conditions and costs and get input from the team in each department where efficiency and cost reduction are possible. Collect the ideas and then think about what can do it more efficiently and at lower cost. Evaluate the costs and financial returns and decide about the priorities. This sustainable green assessment can be the supporting document to seek funding to improve the community. Jobs will be created as you implement the projects and then money saved can help expand into more jobs in future.
This is very simple approach and requires collaboration. Action would be lot better as compared to complaining about what is wrong in the system.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Focus on energy and rest of the benefits follows

As the world deals with climate change and global warming issues, the media is busy in finding folks who fuel the debate whether it is happening or why is it happening. Time and money is spent and we lose the focus on real issue behind it all - Energy.
Why not deal with one issue and let the financial benefit of saving money be the main reason for taking this approach? It is immediate and undeniable by anyone. If we put a 15 watt bulb to replace 60 watts, then it is guaranteed to save 75% immediately upon installation. Environmental benefits and climate change is additional benefit but slower to see it happen.
Stimulus package provides many benefits to municipalities to invest in energy conservation and green energy generation. Local power regulating agencies need to enhance the " net metering" laws to have less restrictions on size of green power systems at user site. Any excess green power should be purchased at a minimum price of 6 cents per KWH. With tax credits and long term loans the Communities can aggressively start many projects and helps us beat the dependence on oil and polluting energy sources.
Let us find smart solutions to this energy problem in nature where land, air, water , and sun is sustainable and free for us to use as energy source.