Cree Luminaires Installed at Washington State Elementary School

EVERETT, Wash. — Monroe Elementary School in installed nearly 450 LED fixtures by Cree Inc., becoming the first predominately LED-lit school in the Everett Public Schools district. The company’s luminaires light the newly rebuilt two-story, 68,000-square-foot, grades K-5 elementary school, which serves about 600 students.

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Survey Indicates Wash. Green Jobs Are on the Rise

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A survey produced by the state’s Employment Security Department identified 99,319 green jobs in Washington in 2009, about 3.3 percent of the state’s work force.
The survey, released in March, suggests green jobs grew by 33 percent, or 15,100 positions, for companies that were surveyed in 2008 and again in 2009.
“If Washington can see this kind of shift to green jobs during a recession, just think what will happen as our economy recovers,” says Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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Voters Pass $4.66 Billion for School Projects

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Voters in Washington recently approved $4.66 billion in maintenance and operations levies for school construction, as well as $507 million in bond issues and $816 million in capital projects.
The ratification of funds is good news for construction companies in Washington during a period when construction spending across the country is at its lowest in seven years.