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CFO Sink Encourages "Green" Jobs on Earth Day

4/22/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE —In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Florida CFO Alex Sink today highlighted many of her efforts to support and encourage “green” and renewable energy industry business development in Florida.
 
“With record-high unemployment in Florida, we should be doing everything we can to bring jobs and new industries to our state, while still protecting the very attributes that first attracted all of us to Florida,” said CFO Sink. “I will continue to promote Florida’s natural resources and business-friendly climate so we can create jobs and become a leader in green and renewable energy industries, which will help Florida’s economy and protect our environment for generations to come.”
 
CFO Sink is in constant communication with many companies throughout Florida, listening to their ideas for growing our green economy.  Recently, CFO Sink called Frank Erickson of Erickson Energy in Jacksonville, a company that installs wind towers and solar panels on commercial properties, to discuss expanding access to these renewable energy sources. She also met with the Florida BioFuels Association, which works to increase the use of locally produced and distributed ethanol, biodiesel and other agriculturally and waste-derived fuels. 
 
According to a study published this month by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Florida would experience a net gain of over 63,000 jobs and save over $7.4 billion in energy costs by 2020 from the implementation of energy efficiency policies.  Recognizing the impact of energy conservation on Florida’s economy and its environment, CFO Sink has also encouraged legislators to keep funding for solar rebates in this year’s state budget.
 
An avid supporter of the state’s commitment to the Florida Forever program, which purchases and protects environmentally sensitive lands, CFO Sink has called on state leaders to continue their commitment to the program. CFO Sink also signed a pledge to support funding for the program.
 
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