March 15, 2010
Job opportunities in this issue's classifieds include a public transit agency president/CEO and executive director of a national program!
White House Convenes Clean Energy Forum
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined representatives from government at all levels, businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations, on March 3 for a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum to discuss the relationship between livable, sustainable communities and increased development and creation of jobs.
The forum, “Livability and Sustainable Communities—Taking Action for a Clean Energy Future,” was an outgrowth of the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities established by DOT, HUD, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The group discussed the need for comprehensive energy and climate legislation and opportunities to create jobs, expand business opportunities, and drive innovation and economic development by building more efficient, more livable communities.
LaHood emphasized the importance to DOT of “moving toward a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable America.” He said the partnership “will help us refocus our priorities on smart growth strategies that will help Americans lower their household transportation costs, improve air quality by lowering emissions, and reduce our dependence on oil. And we’ll spur the kind of economic activity that flows into communities when they focus on transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists alongside cars and trucks.”
Donovan added: “Clean energy is the key to unlocking the potential of America’s economy and our ability to create jobs and build the kind of strong, sustainable, inclusive communities our country needs to compete and prosper in the 21st century.”