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This report provides 10 aggressive strategies that tackles multiple industry sectors and makes Ohio more sustainable.
Ohio state needs a more sustainable strategy for heat and power used by manufactures. CHP which combined heat and power technology meets maufacturers' needs for energy, it can also reduces greenhuse gas emissions and energy waste. However, Ohio spends larger amount of investment on CHP but fewer maufacturers adopt this technology. The report lists the reasons why not many maufacturers adopt it and suggests methods that wil help reduce the barriers.
By investing to upgrade our grid, make our manufacturing sector leaner and greener, build a 21st century transportation system, and weatherize homes, we can create good jobs, promote home-grown clean energy, save money, stabilize our economy, and improve our environment.
The report examines energy use and where energy emissions come from, with a focus on how to develop sustainable transportation systems, reducing emissions in the electric power sector, industrial sector, and to promote energy saving opportunities amoung residents.
Clean energy policies can create jobs, support local business in green markets, and ensure residents have access to jobs created. This brief helps guide you on how to make the most of green investments. After reviewing the City of Oberlin’s energy use and emissions, several policy options and best practices were identified for five energy-using and emission-producing sectors: (1) upgrading the electricity system, (2) greening the commercial and industrial sector to reduce energy costs for firms, (3) enabling anchor institutions in the community to reduce energy use and cost, (4) making the transportation system more sustainable while promoting smart growth and complete street principles, and (5) promote energy savings for Oberlin residents in their homes. By adopting policy options and best practices, communities can spur local investments in the green economy.
Cities and counties from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the most recent report from the Apollo Alliance. Four Ohio municipalities: Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, are highlighted in the national report. Policy Matters Ohio, Apollo’s Ohio partner, is thrilled that New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth. The mission of Ohio Apollo is to work with Ohio’s cities to adopt these policies and create jobs through environmentally sound and energy efficient solutions.
Jobs can be created by restoring public sector jobs, investing in infrastructure, and investment in green energy. Employmeent compensation can be created by improving the income tax credit, retaining expandd medicaid, raise the minimum wage, and promoting community benefit agreements. To protect workers' rights, the state needs to prevent wage theft, enforce labor law and preserve collective bargaining. Simultaneously, the state should offer earned paid sick days, provide parental leave and invest in job trainning.
The report lays out the Apollo Alliance's four-part plan: invest in renewable power, create high-performance buildings, drive toward energy independence, build high-performance cities.
Investment in green energy creates large amount of jobs and demand for skilled workers. And labor unions are created and are critical part of a strong worker economy as they provides benefit to workers such as job training. The report provides case studies for Apprenticeships programs around green energy jobs.
Ohio communities need a better approach, one that fosters economic growth while also protecting the environment and supporting local businesses and workers. This is why the City of Oberlin, in partnership with Oberlin College and the city’s municipal utility have launched “The Oberlin Project” to make Oberlin the greenest little city in the U.S., grow the local economy in the process, and become a national model for sustainable economic development. This report is a policy blueprint to help Oberlin, and all Ohio communities, drive demand for clean energy while leveraging green investments to secure maximum value to the community. The four key components of this comprehensive strategy are designed to balance the three E’s of sustainable economic development—environment, economy, and equity.