The California BlueGreen Alliance — building upon our efforts to support the defeat of Proposition 23, which would have repealed the state’s landmark global warming and clean energy jobs legislation — is a strong voice for continuing and redoubling efforts to create good 21st century jobs that are also good for our environment in California.
In 2012, we worked to help pass Proposition 39, which invested in clean energy and energy efficiency projects around the state.
California BlueGreen Apollo Alliance
The California BlueGreen Apollo Alliance has partnered with local groups in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland to promote the clean energy economy at a local level.
In Los Angeles, LA Apollo is working with the city and other allies to implement the Green Retrofit and Workforce program which will create good jobs for individuals retrofitting over 1,000 city buildings. LA Apollo is also continuing to look at ways to revitalize the regional manufacturing base using the production of clean energy products, components and systems as a catalyzing agent.
LA Apollo Alliance
Elsa Barboza, SCOPE
The San Diego BlueGreen Apollo Alliance is working with the San Diego State University MBA Graduate program to assess the region’s green jobs capacity and competitive advantages, along with advocating for green jobs development and investments.
Heather Honea, PhD, San Diego State University, College of Business Administration, (619) 594-4308
The Oakland BlueGreen Apollo Alliance has joined with the Ella Baker center to convene the Oakland Climate Action Coalition — a cross-sector coalition of community-based organizations, environmental experts and advocates, labor unions and green businesses working to achieve significant carbon reductions while building a vibrant local economy and quality of life for all Oakland residents with a focus on low-income communities and communities of color impacted most by global warming.
Emily Kirsch, SCOPE
In August 2010, the California Apollo Program released a comprehensive strategy to create energy jobs in California, restore prosperity and engage new and existing workers and business to retain California’s global leadership in clean energy and technical innovation.
In 2008, the California Apollo Alliance worked cooperatively with the State Building Trades Council of California to secure passage and enactment for important legislation that establishing Green Technology Partnership Academies. These 61 Academies train high school students for green building and “goods movement” jobs related to the greening of ports in California’s four main transportation corridors and nine economic regions.
Additionally, the California Apollo Alliance advocated for the passage of numerous measures ensuring the availability of job training for California’s workers (AB3018 and AB118) and the affordability and availability of renewable and solar energy projects in California (AB1451). The California Apollo Alliance also worked with bodies like the Air Resources Board to ensure that the concerns of workers were considered when these policies were developed and implemented.
In Oakland, the Oakland Apollo Alliance joined with other organizations to create the Oakland Green jobs Corps – one of the first green-collar job training programs availability for low-income individuals and people of color.