For The Green Collar Economy book group: enter your reading homework for the first three questions here (and enter the last response on your topic page).Green Collar Economy book

3/2 3/9 3/16 3/23 3/30
Foreward, Introduction, Ch 1 (p. 34) Ch 2 & 3 (p. 86) Ch 4 & 5 (p. 144) Ch 6 & 7 (p. 189) Afterword, Action Items (p. 198) and items from Resource List appropriate to your topic
  1. Explain how one idea in the reading relates to other topics already covered in class or something you learned elsewhere (another class or life experience).
  2. List what you think are the three to five most important points made in the reading.
  3. Write a question to provoke discussion among others who read the same passage.

16 Responses to “The Green Collar Economy

  1. caseyskorupski Says:

    Homework for 3/30:
    1. The strongest point in this section is what Jones describes as the battle to “convince the public that a true clean-tech revolution gives the best answer for” price, people and the planet. He suggests that we must shift dramatically towards the direction of uplifting environmentalism and eco-populism. He drives home that the way to draw in cash-strapped, economically fearful families is to fully deliver the promise of a work-allowing, wealth-obtaining and health-inducing green economy for their families.
    2. Most important points:
    -Green collar jobs provide pathways to prosperity and contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality.
    -Local Gov’t. Green Jobs Pledge
    -Advocaters of Green-collar jobs:

    3. How can we best deliver the promise of Jones’ green economy in lieu of the current public support?

  2. caseyskorupski Says:

    Homework for 3/23:
    1. Something that stuck out to me was the immense success of the city of Chicago setting a powerful example for industrial centers across the nation and world. They are very strategic in their city planning and economic structure. For example, they pulled in a solar-panel manufacturer by promising to buy 5M worth of panels. The factory is employing 99 percent local employees with many ex-offenders amongst that figure. They are smart with their people and their money.

    2. Most important points:
    -Urban settlements cover only 2 percent of Earth’s surface, but consume more than 75 percent of the Earth’s resources and produce 75 percent of Earth’s waste.
    -Chicago’s powerful example(see above).
    -Use the government as a creative outlet as opposed to a big brick wall.

    3. Will today’s generation be able to adopt the same mindset as Churchill (mentioned for his “buoyancy and hope” quote and ideology) and protect the future for the coming generations, or will our coming generation feel the repercussions of selfish and closed-minded leaders?

  3. caseyskorupski Says:

    Homework for 3/16:
    1. The thought that seemed to relate to our topics covered in class thus far was the section named “The NOAH Principles.” In this section, Morrison was basically suggesting that we need to have a generally positive approach to what we disagree with. He basically discusses that we will be better received if we focus on solutions, goals, friendships, accountability and faith. All of these he juxtaposes with current “protesters” and their tendency towards issues, demands, targets, accusation and unpatriotic demeanor.
    2. Most important points:
    -NOAH Principles and the positive approach to a green economy
    -Idea of the “Green New Deal”
    -Future is now section that highlights the important technology and ideology that is already affecting many urban areas around the US.

    3. How can we partner the government in on what we’re hoping for?

  4. aaronjudgement Says:

    The min points in this weeks reading for me are;
    1. The idea of govt. as a partner to those trying to make a difference vs. backing the problem makers.
    2. Our need for a new ‘New Deal’ termed by Jones as the Green Growth Alliance. Partnered with green business the other five main groups that should make up that alliance are; Organized labor, Social justice activists, environmentalists, students, and faith organizations.
    3. The largely un-talked about issue as far as energy waste is our food production and delivery system. This needs to be addressed and the entire system needs refinement and reformation.

    My question is this in the first chapter Jones talks about the need for faith organizations to play a vital role in reforming our economy, I disagree with this, despite his argument and believe whole heartedly in seperation of church and state. Is faith necessary to be compassionate and earth conscious?

  5. monique3421 Says:

    HW 3
    – Something that was pretty cool to hear was that we can do this, just watch the energy waste, food, computers, building materials, water,and transportation.
    Our water is only 2.5% fresh, most is ice and snow. Glaciers are melting and leaving polar bears with no place to survive.

    – main points;
    [Green Growth Alliance]
    Labor, Social Justice Activists, environmentalists,Students, and Faith Organizations.

    – How can you teach children to protect the environment, as well as their parent? How can you get through the government so they can put the Green Alliance, first.

  6. monique3421 Says:

    We need to Rewind and see how our natives survived the future without an expensive stove, a range rover, and expensive fancy clothes. We need to revise how they survived and lived such a healthy life without hurting the world.

    2.Important points:
    – “We are all in this together
    -Being green shouldn’t doesn’t mean to buy a prius or expensive healthy food.

    3.How can we take a step back from “NOW”, and make a difference before we’re doomed?

  7. seatruth Says:

    This isn’t my book group, but thought you all might be interested in this!!!

    Van Jones to Advise Obama on Green Jobs
    The Obama administration has tapped author and activist Van Jones to become a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation. Jones is expected to start work next week. He is author of the bestselling The Green Collar Economy, which lays out a plan for a green economy he says could help solve the nation’s economic inequality while also addressing the long-term environmental threats to our survival as a planet. Jones is the founding president of Green for All and the founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. That group challenges human rights abuses within the US criminal justice system.


    1. caseyskorupski Says:


  8. aaronjudgement Says:

    One of the biggest things that stood out for me in this section is the idea that we need to to step backwards and look at the symbiotic relationship that Native American’s have with their environment and that we should think about the repercussions for 7 generation to come.
    Secondly, is the work and writings of John Muir, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. All Three of whom are great hero’s of mine.
    Thirdly, is the timeline and distinction made between conservation, regulation, and investment. I feel that the investment phase is almost a mesh of the first two in order to move forward in the necessary direction.

    My question for this week is; What do we as a community need to do to quell the apparent ‘sink or swim’ attitude of our government and society at large towards the poor and disenfranchised?

  9. caseyskorupski Says:

    Homework for 3/9:
    1. Jones’ discusses one idea that partly relates to something I’m currently learning in my Cultural Anthropology class: the idea of Native Americans as the ecologically savvy. Jones explains that the 1964 Wilderness Act was a failure because it didn’t “make adequate provisions for the needs or the wisdom of America’s indigenous people.” He later writes that these overlooked Native Americans were the “continent’s original, indigenous conservationists.” Just this morning I discovered that the Native American people were not necessarily as “without footprint” as I would’ve liked to think. Essentially, I found that there are many cases that Native Americans have been found to be wasteful and “fire-driven.” One of these cases involved directing a buffalo stampede off a cliff due to failure to run only a few into a trap. After hundreds of buffalo have plummeted to their death, the NA would take only shoulder meat and skin from the top layer, leaving hundreds of buffalo underneath to rot. The NA were also very prone to burning down areas of forest in order to increase the “grassland” and meadows. This increase would allow more of the deer population to multiply and live, allowing NA people to hunt them in greater abundance. With these examples in mind, I find Jones’ argument of Native Americans as the original “green” folk to be rather empty.

    2. Most important points:
    -Jones’ principle for eco-equity: “We are all in this together- come what may.”
    -Government as partner
    -“Reverence for all creation” and the idea that conservation is not self serving.

    3. How can Jones’ ideas of the richness of this planet be implemented in a culture where the most opposite ideas are embraced?

  10. monique3421 Says:

    1. In “The Green Collar Economy”, It states the true facts of our Radical Socioeconomic Inequality and Rampant Environmental Destruction. We are facing another great depression. Now a days, there’s no middle class. Its either your in the lower class or upper class. Job loses and budget cuts are hurting every family by the minute. I recently seen on the news, that since all the job losses, its affecting men more then women. My dad is the one at home now, and my mom working and paying the bills. Its drastically changing, and making it difficult to survive in today’s economy.

    -Something that i thought was important in the book, was Katrina. In Katrina’s aftermath human-beings were left to survive on there own without the help of the government, especially bush (who was out celebrating McCains birthday at the time).

    -Construction of efficient and open-transmission marketplaces and a green-power-planet infrastructure would require about a trillion dollars. A third of the cost of Iraq War.

    -Everyone could profit from a “Green Gold Rush”, by kicking its carbon addiction. It can increase a national wealth and generate millions of jobs.

    3. What can we as a nation do to form a “Green Gold Rush”?

  11. caseyskorupski Says:

    Homework for 3/2:
    1. One idea that related the reading to something I’ve experienced in life is the attention to helping people get their lives revamped. I particularly enjoyed Jones’ approach to restoring people’s lives and livelihoods through simple and necessary jobs. I’ve experienced this in my life through my day to day interaction with people and their general lethargy to obtaining a goal or hope for a life that has steered “off-track,” so to speak. The realization that dreams and goals start very small is something that I am very attracted to.
    2. Most important points:
    -Swedish Carbon Tax
    -Idea of the “Green New Deal”
    -Disparity of class

    3. How can we create a similar situation to the Swedish in their elimination of carbon dependence?

  12. aaronjudgement Says:

    1. After reading this first segment of the book, I believe that systematic global decarbonization is going to be the only real solution to the issues discussed in the 11th Hour.

    2. Three points of emphasis in this reading are:
    1. ‘Stagflation’ is a key term in our countries current dilenma. It is defined as: stagnant economic growth ocurring simultaneously with runaway inflation. As prices go up the number of jobs continues to go down. As stated in the book, the reason is simple; energy is needed to make everything. Energy prices go up consumers lose faith – nonessential spending slows, employers offer less jobs, people travel less. As a result the economy stalls, but prices continue to rise.
    2. The myth of some current solutions.
    Corn based ethanol, which is currently government-mandated and -subsidized. ‘As the supermarket and the gas station fight for the same ear of corn, the price of that ear goes up and up.’ With so many starving people in the world and our dependance on corn as the basis for so much food, burning it s fuel should be punishable, not financially subsidized. Nuclear power is just as dangerous and non-renewable as fossil fuels, and the storage of toxic waste will be an ongoing problem. ‘Clean coal’ is a ridiculous, even if the theories are sound the technology to implement doesn’t even exist.
    3. The entire U.S. energy infrastructure needs to be rebuilt to support new and emerging energy sources. Our entire nations high voltage transmission system needs an overhaul. A switch needs to be made from an (AC) current system to a (DC) current system to effeciently transport wind turbine power from the midwest and solar from the southwest with a ‘smart’ in-line system integrated to store and deploy that energy as needed throughout the entire country.

    3. With the proven economic success of ‘decarbonization’ in Sweden, Iceland, Brazil, and Costa Rica; what needs to be done at home to change industry and governmental mind sets to accomplish the same thing in the U.S.?

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