The Green Jobcast #5

The Green Jobcast, episode 5, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. Transcript below. (download mp3)

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First up…the Sears Tower in Chicago is going green….Wind turbines, roof gardens and solar panels will join the pair of antennas atop the Sears Tower’s staggered rooftops, said building officials who announced Wednesday that the skyscraper would undergo a $350 million green renovation. The 5-year project would reduce the tower’s electricity use by 80 percent and save 24 million gallons of water a year, building owners and architects said. The project should create 3,600 jobs, officials said, and will include a learning center on the ground floor showcasing green efforts to the public. Chicago receives $700,000 for green jobs effort…Chicago’s green jobs initiative will receive a $700,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The city’s Greencorps Chicago program was selected for the grant by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The program provides environmental jobs for between 40 and 50 people that last at least nine months. The jobs focus on eco-restoration, community gardens, plant distribution, landscaping, electronics and hazardous waste recycling and weatherizing projects. Greencorps Chicago plans on using the grant money to expand weatherization training and start an arborist training program. On Wednesday in Memphis Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $500 million in grants available to prepare workers for “green” jobs.

Four of the five grant programs announced, which are funded through the America Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009, are geared toward worker-training programs in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

General Electric announced plans to build a research, development and manufacturing facility for wind turbines in Metro Detroit. The new facility is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs. The mayor of Toledo Ohio held a press conference Tuesday announcing that new solar energy materials will be produced in the Glass City. At Tuesday’s signing ceremony, Sphere Renewable Energy Corporation of California said it plans to launch production of poly-silicon at the University of Toledo’s Advanced Renewable Energy Technology Center.

The new venture will be called Buckeye Silicon and is expected to create about 150 jobs locally.

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