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Illinois Wearing a Bit O’Green at National Jobs Conference

March 13, 2008

Chicago, IL – A "green" economic renaissance may bring some "luck of the Irish" to Illinois, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. More than 80 organizations including labor and conservation groups, auto industry workers and others are meeting in Illinois to draw up a blueprint to quickly get the nation into clean energy production full-time, which one report says could generate 57,000 jobs in Illinois. Josh Dorner with the Sierra Club says such an effort would require a mix of business commitments and incentives.

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

Dorner believes just about everyone has something to gain from an economy driven by green-collar jobs.

"There really are some extremely positive possibilities to both keep jobs at companies, as well as creating new jobs in businesses around the country."

The conference will specifically explore ways clean and renewable energy can revitalize manufacturing states. Suggestions include retro-fitting plants to produce energy products, like solar panels.

More information about the conference is available online at www.greenjobsconference.org. The jobs report can be seen at www.environmentamerica.org.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IL