Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday: Small-Business Leaders, Local Residents Lead Green Jobs Tour in ABQ
Local small-business leaders and residents of Albuquerque will host a tour of clean energy businesses on Thursday, May 28, in conjunction with MoveOn.org. The goal is to drive home the point that investment in a clean energy economy will have quick economic benefits and create jobs here at home. During the tour, small-business leaders will speak to the potential for expansion of these businesses and further create job creation and encourage Representatives Heinrich, Teague and Lujan to continue efforts to pass a strong clean jobs bill. In the past month, over 15,000 small business leaders have signed a pledge to support a clean energy economy.
The clean energy jobs bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), is expected to come to a vote in the House of Representatives this summer. If passed, the bill would create high-paying jobs here in Albuquerque, reduce electricity and heating costs for local households, and keep America competitive in the global economy, the group argues.
The tour will begin at Sacred Power Corporation, 815 Bellamah NW, at Noon where the tour will learn about green solutions being provided to Native Americans who are off the grid. From there, participants will caravan to the second stop, American Clay Corporation, 8724 Alameda Parkway. There, owner Carol Baumgartel will lead the tour through the facility and talk about job training opportunities that they are offering. From there the last stop will be at 2:15 PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1601 4th Street NW, where the tour will hear from Dr. Shelle Sanchez, PHD, about the new green curriculum they are offering to the general public. This is also where organizers will provide an overview of the local clean energy economy and talk about potential expansion.
These meetings are part of Power Up America, a national organizing campaign to support a strong clean energy jobs bill. To learn more about the campaign, visit MoveOn, where you can also sign up to attend the Albuquerque tour.
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