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Green Jobs Conference Comes to PA

March 10, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA – Steel City is the nation's hometown for a "green jobs" conference this week. Labor unions, conservation groups, the steel industry and businesses investigating renewable energy options are among those gathering to discuss how to ramp up the nation's clean energy economy.

Rachel Martin with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club says they've already done some number crunching on the jobs front.

"If we really increase the amount of renewable energy we're producing in the United States, that would create 42,000 jobs in Pennsylvania."

The conference will explore how clean and renewable energy can revitalize manufacturing plants by retrofitting them for production of things like solar panels. Those meeting will also outline the kinds of tax incentives that could help.

Josh Dorner with the Sierra Club national offices says just about everyone has something to gain from a "green-jobs" driven economy.

"Sit down and come up with a plan to really get going on this clean-energy economy. With the economy generally the way it is today, I believe this couldn't come at more important time."

The conference begins March 13. More information is available at
www.greenjobsconference.org.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - PA