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Small-Business Leaders, Local Residents Host Green Jobs Event
Call on Congress to Pass Strong Clean Energy Jobs Bill to Jump-Start Job Creation in Seattle
Local small-business leaders and residents of Seattle will host a green-jobs rally and tour of area clean energy homes on Wednesday, May 27, in the High Point neighborhood of West Seattle. The event is being organized by the Seattle chapter of MoveOn.org, which has about 50,000 members in the Seattle metro area. At the rally, local residents will call on Congress to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this summer. If passed, the bill would create high-paying jobs, reduce electricity and heating costs for local households, and keep America competitive in the global economy.
WHAT: Clean Energy Jobs Day – A tour of the High Point neighborhood as an example of how green energy initiatives create jobs, better communities, and a safer world.
WHEN: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 27, 2009. The tour is expected to last 1-2 hours.
WHERE: See below.
WHO: Join MoveOn.org members and meet people who are incorporating green concepts into their Seattle lifestyles. Meet High Point residents, a realtor, a small-business owner, and a candidate for Seattle city council.
MEDIA FEATURES: See green-built sidewalks and roads, Longfellow Creek, green spaces, a pond park, walking trail, waterfall, and the Seattle skyline. See green homes constructed by five different construction companies. And while it’s under construction, catch a glimpse of Neighborhood House, which will include 20,000 square feet of classrooms, gathering spaces, social service offices, and technology labs—one of the largest built-green projects in the country.
Stop #1: Resident home of Jennifer Cobb, 3123 SW Raymond Street. MoveOn organizers will provide an overview of the local clean energy economy and talk about potential expansion. Yves Vetter, the owner of a small, local green retrofitting business will speak. Jen will show us the green features in her home, constructed by Saltaire.
Stop #2: Wendy Hughes-Jelen of GreenWorks Realty will lead us on an environmental walking tour of the neighborhood on our way to one the neighborhood’s model homes. Wendy will explain High Point’s green features, which include bio-swales, different forms of pervious and impervious surfaces, and landscaping designed for water filtration. From the home, you can view the green space, pond park and walking trail, waterfall, and Seattle skyline.
Stop #3: Resident home of David Ginsberg. David will show us the green features in his home, constructed by Devland, Inc. David is currently a candidate for Seattle City Council and his platform includes a commitment to the greening of Seattle.
Directions: Take the West Seattle Bridge to the stop light at the end and and turn left on 35th Avenue SW. After about 2 miles, turn left on Raymond Street. Just past 32nd Avenue SW is Jennifer Cobb’s home at 3123 SW Raymond Street. Bus: Route 21 departs about every 30 minutes along First Avenue downtown and along 35th Avenue in West Seattle.
This event is part of Power Up America, a national organizing campaign to support a strong clean energy jobs bill. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.moveon.org. MoveOn.org Political Action is a political action committee powered by 5 million progressive Americans. We believe in the power of small donors and grassroots action to elect progressive leaders to office and to advance a progressive agenda. We do not accept any donations over $5,000, and the average donation to MoveOn.org Political Action is under $100.