Earlier this week, the Navajo Nation signed into law promising green-jobs legislation that could serve as the first step in a broader transition for the Navajo Nation and other low-income communities in the Southwest. The bill, passed by the Navajo Nation Council in July, creates the Navajo Green Economy Commission that will coordinate a long-term green transition plan for the Navajo Nation and a Green Economy Fund that will support green-business development in the community. These enterprises range from weaver’s cooperatives to small-scale clean energy projects. While a green economy is not a new concept to Navajos, it does stand in stark contrast to our recent past and present.
Passing this legislation is an important first step in a broader transition for the Navajo Nation toward self-reliance and sustainability. With a new administration and federal incentives to help tribal nations and low-income communities transition to a clean-energy economy, we have an opportunity to create a financially and environmentally sustainable way of life.
That process can be accelerated if the state and federal government step up. We need the capital and support to launch new projects and develop the infrastructure that has been sorely lacking on the Navajo Nation. Read the full post at Arizona Central.
Financial Incentives for Tribal Nations’ Green Building From The EPA – A small directory of green building incentive programs for tribal nations.
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