By Jennifer Langston
How green-collar jobs can save you money.
For anyone wondering how a green jobs revolution might look in their neighborhood, here’s a new video that explains the Switch Project already up and running in Seattle. It’s a relatively simple idea that creates jobs, saves people money on utility bills and strengthens community connections at the same time.
Crews of trained young adults have been knocking on doors in lower-income neighborhoods, offering to install compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-flow showerheads along with other basic home weatherization tasks. They do it on the spot, but also connect renters with programs to save even more through additional conservation projects. It may come as a surprise that people are willing to open their doors, bedrooms and showers at the drop of a hat. But that’s the beauty of a homegrown program that employs people who live in a community to talk to their neighbors, while benefiting everyone involved.
This piece originally appeared in Sightline Institute's blog, The Daily Score.