The following excerpts are from this article in the Burlington Free Press: http://m.burlingtonfreepress.com/topheadlines/article?a=2011303120004&f=1376

Vermont Green, a public-private partnership to promote green jobs in the state that received nearly $5 million in federal funding, has expanded its definition beyond weatherization and the energy sector to include sustainable agriculture.

How much more will we expand the definition if green jobs? I use a SMART Board in my classroom and hardly use any paper any more, am I working in a green job? Seriously, we’ll start modifying the definition until it ceases to have meaning (like the whole idea of tolerance) and in the meantime those grants will keep pumping more and more money into these public-private partnerships.

David Rubin is the director of workforce development for the Central Vermont Community Action Council, and also heads Vermont Green, which launched in January 2010 and will run through January 2012, unless Rubin is able to find more grant money to keep the project going.

Why do we need to spend money on these types of projects? And it isn’t just any money, its taxpayer money.

“We’re actually working right now with the state Department of Commerce to help create enough funding so we can grow as rapidly as we need to,” McCormick said. “We’re looking at bringing in 18 jobs in the next five years in Vermont, including everything from engineering to finance, algae research technicians, greenhouse operators and laborers in the greenhouse.”

Stop the press! 18 jobs in five years! Eureka!

“Broadly speaking the green economy is at the heart of what Vermont is all about,” she said. “It’s about our culture.”

I would need to some research, but I suspect that tourism ranks much closer to the top of what lies at the heart of the Vermont economy.

And as for our culture…I thought we were supposed to cherish rugged individualism and self-reliance. I didn’t realize that you need grant money to be self-reliant.

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