Sustaining Green Tide in Building a Concern

By Dean Calbreath in the San Diego Union Tribune, October 18, 2009

Ever since he was on the campaign trail, President Barack Obama has touted “green buildings” as a way of cleaning the environment, creating business opportunities, cutting energy consumption and reviving the moribund job market.

Since taking office, Obama has earmarked $5.5 billion to greenify federal buildings throughout the country, $5 billion to weatherize homes owned by low-income families and $3.2 billion to retrofit homes and commercial buildings, as well as other funds for solar paneling, water conservation and, well, you get the picture.

The latest initiative is slated to be launched tomorrow, when Vice President Joe Biden unveils a report on “Recovery through Retrofit,” a new set of proposals aimed at jump-starting the economy through renovating homes and offices with energy-saving technologies and devices.

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