Green Lining

Posted on 12 December 2008

This week, we would like to applaud Stony Brook Southampton for taking the initiative to educate their students and the public with an eye on creating more jobs related to green energy practices in the future. We find this way of thinking refreshing in these troubled times and see it as a “green lining,” as it were, in an otherwise bleak cloud.

The forum on Friday at the university was a strong reminder that great business opportunities can and, in fact, are almost always, found during difficult times such as these. It is when the chips are down and all that is familiar turns to dust when Americans tend to get truly creative by reinventing themselves, their businesses and the country. Now, looking at the economy all we can do is keep our heads up and take this breath of fresh air as a reminder that there just might be green light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.

That “green” light is a movement towards focusing on low energy consumption, reduced carbon output and general greener practices in many aspects of our daily lives — from green building construction to more fuel efficient cars to alternative energy sources for inside homes.

In his keynote address at the forum, Congressman Tim Bishop, said that “green collar jobs” are on the rise and we can only hope the new Congress — under leadership from a new president — will prove more successful in furthering the effort than they have been in recent years.

During this difficult time we do know of at least one local company, however, that is booming by offering consumers alternative energy sources and products for their home. If they can prove to be successful at the worst possible time for a business to be in business since the Great Depression, then they must be on to something.

Additionally, we also applaud Southampton Town for all that they have done this year to create mandates on green energy building practices, and we hope this will further help push a new industry.

It is not simply a business boom that we hope to create, it is business whose very benefits will help us all. We should be excited about that.

The East End has long struggled to find a niche economy that would provide decent living wages to residents. The service economy will take us only so far. Surrounded as we are by the unspoiled beauty of one of the last great places on Earth, doesn’t it make sense to think about creating here one of the first green business community models for the 21st century?

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