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Green Jobs Alliance

February 03, 2011

Green Jobs Abound 

The Green Jobs Alliance’s (GJA) Next Step program is the key to standing up a vibrant, robust and sustainable energy-efficiency industry in Hampton Roads.

Through the Next Step program, it’s projected that retrofitting just 1 percent of the homes in Hampton Roads will create 600-800 construction trades jobs and generate $33-$44 million annually in direct economic impact to the local economy in payroll, retrofit investment and utility savings. In addition, it will increase real estate values and save millions of metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

About Green Jobs Alliance

Hampton Roads’ Green Jobs Alliance was created as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2008 to provide green job creation, workforce training and education, job placement and career development services. Areas of interest include energy auditing and modeling, weatherization, energy efficiency retrofits, green building standards, and renewable energy industries, including: wind, wave/tidal/current, solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, hydrogen and waste-to-energy projects.

About the Next Step program

The Next Step program funds come from GJA’s Department of Energy Better Buildings grant, leveraged 5:1 with private funding, and are being used to launch a regional energy alliance to promote and implement a residential and commercial energy efficiency program.

Take a few minutes to review the entire article regarding the Next Step Program in the Jan-Feb 2011 edition of Tidewater Builder Associations, The Builder to find out what's in it for you and what steps you should take to participate in the program. 

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VA Builder Article – get the “green light” on lighting

March 11, 2008

Have you ever wondered about those squiggly fluorescent screw in bulbs?  Well, let Debby Canto Davis, free -lance writer for the Virginia Builder ,shed some light on the subject with her article "CFLs Trigger a 'green light' for Energy Efficiency".  You may just be surprised at the number of choices available.  To view the entire article click – Read More …

VA Builder Article – The PATH guide to green building

March 11, 2008

The March edition of the Virginia Builder magazine includes an article written by Susan Conbere titled "The PATH Guide to Green Building".  In her article she discusses the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing's (PATH) Guide to Green Building, which is eight previously issed Tech Sets from PATH that highlight with some detail the principles of green building.  You can visit the PATH website at and to read the article in the VA Builder click – Read More …