Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community by the International Economic Development Council

Getting Started on Green Jobs

International Economic  Development Council

In July, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) released an abridged version of the Climate Prosperity Handbook called the Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community (available by clicking here).  The Guide is designed to assist economic development professionals as they try to position their communities for success in an economy characterized by alternative energygreen collar jobs and an emphasis on sustainability.  Using concrete examples from communities including San Jose and Chicago, the publication describes how communities can build champions, engage in scenario planning exercises, translate visions into strategies and begin to move forward on the climate agenda in economically progressive ways.

Of particular interest is an appendix listing and describing 63 community-based initiatives that have enhanced both environmental protection and economic development across the United States.  Although the Getting Started Guide will be basic reading for communities already pursuing green jobs and environmentally-responsible economic development, its exactly what it says it is – a guide for those who are “getting started” in this field.  From that perspective, it’s a great resource, and IEDC are to be commended for making it available to economic development professional around the world.