Want to summarize the case for green jobs in one word? How about “Solyndra?” The fledgling solar company took $535 million of government loan guarantees (read “taxpayers’ money”) down with it when it went bankrupt last year. Even if the government thinks green jobs are a nifty idea, the market doesn’t… right?
According to South Coast Today, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is kind of famous for its buildings: big hulking futuristic concrete structures (Wikimedia Commons has several great photos). But the school’s latest plans for new classrooms won’t require any concrete at all; rather, UMass Dartmouth plans to develop its 400 acres of “forests, meadows, and wetlands” into a “living classroom.”
To help states develop strategies that will improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and reduce costs and emissions, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices today announced that six states have been selected to participate in the Policy Academy on State Building Efficiency Retrofit Programs.