Online LEED classes: The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation is teaming up with RMC Green Building Training to provide several online Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) courses. To sign up or view the course options, click here.
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Even with gas prices low, public transit ridership continues to grow. In the third quarter of 2014, about 2.7 billion passenger trips were taken on transit systems in the U.S.—a 1.8 percent increase over a year ago. (New York Times)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Climate change is clearly human caused. It is happening now. We can see the impacts, and we need to step up to the facts and take actions.” – National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis in a piece on how climate change is changing Mount Rainer.
Cap-and-trade – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee proposed a cap-and-trade plan last week that would fund transportation, education and other needs in the state. The Washington BlueGreen Alliance’s Jeff Johnson, the President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, said at the event, "Governor Inslee’s proposal challenges the status quo by putting a price on carbon, putting a price on pollution, and creating a jumping off place for creating economic growth that is more sustainable, more equitable, more accountable, and creates healthier communities." (New York Times)
Workers’ rights boosts – This story looks at two recent decisions—one by the National Labor Relations Board and the other by the U.S. Department of Labor—that are boosting efforts to protect the rights of working people and grow unions. (Politico)
Cromnibus – An opinion piece criticizes the continuing resolution passed last week by Congress, saying its environmental and transportation policies are short sighted. (The Hill)
Green chemistry – A new wave of chemists are working to make the chemicals we use every day safer. (Health 24)
The Big Apple – Efforts are underway to reduce carbon pollution in New York City. A report recently released by the BlueGreen Alliance and others that focused on reducing emissions and growing good jobs in the city was featured in the story. (New York Times)
Wall Street Journal: Q&A: Heating Up the Climate Change Debate
Los Angeles Times: Amid climate change, what's more important: Protecting money or people?
Clean Technica: India Plans 100 MW Solar Power Capacity To Cover Canals
The Ada News (OK): Two dead, three injured in Coalgate oil rig explosion