Bill Clinton has called for a more innovative and sustainable future for America. So far, the response has been strong

At the Second Annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting last week, former president Bill Clinton announced the impact of the multi-stakeholder gathering he founded to help the nation’s economic recovery.

Focusing on cross-sector collaboration involving public, private, civil and non-profit sectors, the initiative is meant to foster sustainable job creation, workforce development, economic growth and innovation.

This year, the CGI participants announced 58 new commitments that will create or fill more than 530,000 jobs.


Taken together, these individual initiatives, when fully funded and implemented, will:

- create over 32,000, including 6,600 green jobs
- fill over 500,000 jobs with veterans and their family members
- give nearly 68,000 people improved access to capital or financial services
- give over 117,000 people access to job training and certification
- save nearly 760 million kilowatt hours of energy
- invest more than $84 million of new capital in green initiatives
- give over 12,000 people increased access to health services

CGI America estimates that almost 3.9 million Americans will be positively affected because of these programs.[1]

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Reynard is a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainable Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility. A former media executive with 15 years experience in the private and non-profit sectors, Reynard is the co-founder of MomenTech, a New York-based experimental production studio that explores transnational progressivism, neo-nomadism, post-humanism and futurism. He is also author of the blog 13.7 Billion Years, covering cosmology, biodiversity, animal welfare, conservation and ethical consumption. He is currently developing the Underground Desert Living Unit (UDLU), a sustainable single-family dwelling envisioned as a potential adaptation response to the future loss of human habitat due to the effects of anthropogenic climate change. Reynard is also a contributing author of “Biomes and Ecosystems,” a comprehensive reference encyclopedia of the Earth’s key biological and geographic classifications, to be published by Salem Press in 2013.

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