640,329 is a pretty impressive number. It represents the number of jobs that have been created or saved so far through the Recovery Act, according to new numbers reported by the Obama administration on Friday.
But the true significance of this number lies in the people behind it. Tahlia Williams is a single mother of a 3-year-old son, in Brooklyn, New York. “Construction is something that I wanted to do for a long time,” she said. “I had no way of knowing how to get into this field because I always heard it was a man’s world.”
Now, Tahlia has a job weatherizing homes in New York with the Community Environmental Center (CEC).
Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, today released its Green Economy Roadmap to highlight the people, communities, and programs that are building the green economy across the nation. The map plots out stories from across the country–some of these stories stem from the unprecedented green investments in President Obama’s Recovery Act. Some are the stories of everyday people doing their part to improve their communities. All of the stories are inspiring examples of how green jobs offer real opportunity for prosperity and advancement.