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Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses in Michigan
February 17, 2011
9:00am to 4:00pm
Lansing Community College, West Campus Conference Center, Rooms M119-122

Across the nation, the government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors are making unprecedented investments in building a green economy, and these investments will transform how we produce and use energy in response to the need to address climate change, increase energy security, and stimulate economic recovery and growth. But the success of these investments will depend upon a workforce that can help drive changes in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout our economy and society. To a great extent, this is a workforce that needs to be created, through education, training, and re-skilling.

The Jobs for the Future (JFF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are joining forces through the Greenforce Initiative in six regions of the country, including Virginia, specifically the Northern, Chesapeake, and Shenandoah regions, to assist and accelerate this process. We are focusing on community colleges, recognizing the key role that these institutions play in:

  1. Ensuring that workers gain skills that lead to the green careers they want and the jobs that green economy employers need and
  2. Driving the creation of local “workforce partnerships” – bringing together green-sector employers, workforce development organizations, unions, and other community stakeholders.

The Michigan Greenforce Summit 2011 will allow participants to identify and share region-specific solutions to expanding the new green economy and accelerating green education and workforce development initiatives. Through the Summit, we will provide a forum to build relationships, share best practices, support the outstanding work of others within the State, and develop strategies to address resource challenges related to creating green career pathways and engaging lower-skilled adults.

The morning will consist of plenary sessions designed to highlight the latest information and trends, and to share some of the best practicies of local practitioners, including employers and industry. The afternoon is designed to allow attendees to participate in industry sector-based workgroups consistent with the focus of The Greenforce Initiative.

As communities and the nation move toward greater sustainability and economic recovery, community colleges must make significant and profound adjustments towards creating pathways into a new energy economy and a greener future. We hope that you will join us to explore ways in which this can take place in Michigan.

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