Happy Human Rights Day!

Or unhappy weighing in the situation on the planet with global warming induced by abusive industrial practices’ and the impact to indigenous nations/tribes and people of color. Even in the most financially advanced state of the Union and 8th strongest economy on the planet, we are observing the dismissal of the poorest Americans and workers who fuel the most single potent industry in the state. According to 2008 figures from CDFA, the industry banks on $36.6 billion dollars that then generate close to $100 Billion in related activity. Why then are the farmworker communities/regions the poorest in the state/nation? The Measure of America Human Development report highlighted the fact that the Valley continues to be one of the unhealthiest, least educated and with the most concentrated poverty in the nation. To achieve a respect for the human right to exist and subsist we need new industries based on green footprints rather than carbon. We need new industrial models that look at full circle and not bottom line. We need new culture that looks at what we can create not destroy or exploit towards inutility. Each of us Humans has the right and the power to bring all of this into fruition but we must ACTION! Join us in the effort to do all of this a bit at a time at the SJV Regional Green Jobs Coalition where we know that to grow the good is by doing it together! We are in dire need of volunteers to initiate our Millenial campaign for a new future and a new people with green capes. Check out our developing website: regionalgreenjobs.org. Ofcourse we can!

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80% of Product Footprint is determined in Design Phase


80 percent of a product's environmental footprint is determined during the design phase


Autodesk and Granta Partner to Help Enable Sustainable Product Design

Access to Best-in-Class Materials Information Technology Empowers Manufacturers to Make More Eco-Responsible Design Decisions

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK 34.41, +0.40, +1.18%)  and materials information technology innovators Granta Design Ltd. have announced a new strategic partnership, combining Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping vision with Granta’s materials information and eco design technology to help enable sustainable product design.

Granta and Autodesk are co-developing software that will add new sustainable design capabilities to the Autodesk solution. The companies are working closely to integrate Granta’s eco design methods into Autodesk software, helping designers to estimate the environmental impact of a product and make more sustainable design decisions. The new tools will access and use data from Granta’s world-class materials information database.

As nearly 80 percent of a product’s environmental footprint is determined during the design phase, the combination of the companies’ technologies stands to significantly impact manufacturers of all sizes seeking to optimize product sustainability. “The ability to optimize material selection based on environmental impact, in addition to cost and performance, is crucial to today’s manufacturers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “We believe that companies of all sizes–not just large enterprises–deserve ready access to this information, and our partnership with Granta will help deliver that capability to Autodesk customers worldwide.”

Materials analysis and selection is increasingly important for companies to control a product design’s environmental impact, both to respond to customer demand and to comply with regulation. For example, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is in the process of updating its “Green Guides,” requiring manufacturers that claim their products are made with renewable materials to say how much of the product is manufactured with those materials, what those materials are, how they are sourced and why they are considered renewable.

In Europe, the European Union’s recent Eco-design of Energy-Related Products Directive requires companies to use best practice in design for the environment to minimize the environmental impact of energy using products and energy related products. “The market must consider sustainability for myriad reasons,” said Dr. David Cebon, Managing Director at Granta Design. “Granta is a leading innovator in data and tools for practical eco design. By partnering with Autodesk, with their breadth of industry-leading manufacturing solutions, we hope to make it easy for companies to adopt sustainable design practices into their processes.”


San Joaquin Grows in Green Jobs

Study: San Joaquin Valley grows in green jobs PDF Print E-mail
FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2010 12:18
Solar installersRenewable energy projects and California’s high-speed rail system could bring more than 100,000 jobs to the San Joaquin Valley, according to a recent study.Commissioned by the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, “The Economic Opportunity from Clean Energy Jobs in California’s San Joaquin Valley,” details biomass, hydrogen, solar, and wind projects that are currently in development or pending approval are likely to generate between 68,366 and 79,512 construction jobs in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Meanwhile, the 800-mile high-speed train system linking Central and Southern California should yield 24,000 jobs in the region by the time it’s complete. Up to 1,500 jobs would be created from the network’s heavy maintenance facility alone.

The San Joaquin Valley, hit hard by job losses in the current recession, has actually made significant strides in the area of clean energy and other green industry activity, according to the study. While statewide employment in the core green economy grew from 117,000 to 159,000 from
1995 to 2008, (36%), green jobs in the Valley increased by 48 percent over the same period.

There are currently 9,000 green jobs in the region while 6.5% of electricity is produced in the Valley in contribution to state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Projects, a regulation compelling energy producers to increase their renewable energy supply 33% by 2020.

The study, authored by Dr. Shawn Kantor, professor and County Bank Endowed Chair in Economics at the University of California, Merced, states that the San Joaquin Valley is expected to produce 10% of California’s renewable energy within the next ten years.