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Michigan Greenforce Initiative Summit 2011
"Preparing the Michigan Workforce for the New Green Economy"
February 17, 2011
Lansing Community College, West Campus Conference Center

  • Explore the growth of the new green economy in Michigan and opportunities to expand that growth;
  • Examine ways that community colleges and other key stakeholders can help prepare the workforce in this region for the green economy, including key strategies to facilitate access and success for lower-skilled adults;
  • Identify opportunities for ongoing collaboration to align economic development and economic opportunity in the green economy;
  • Connect green curriculum programs to the greening of your campus by using the "living laboratory" concept. 


9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30am - Welcome and Introductions
George Berghorn, Chairman, Environmental, Design, and Building Technologies Department, Lansing Community College 
Tim Warman, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

9:45am - Overview of The Greenforce Initiative and the Michigan Greenforce Summit
Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

10:00am - State Level Green Initiatives from Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth  
Marcia Black-Watson, Deputy Director, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, DELEG 

10:30am - How Sustainability and State Policy Promote Economic Competitiveness
Moderator: Tim Warman, NWF
Martin Dober, Senior Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Gerald Ryan, Small Business Owner, KGR Services
Mark Abbott, Program Director - Pathways Out of Poverty, C.S. Mott Foundation
Tiffany Douglas, Michigan and Indiana Market Manager, Bank of America

11:30am - Break

11:45am - Engaging Employers and Promoting Economic Development
Moderator: Stephen Lynch, JFF
Julie Parks, Director, Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College
Bruce Thompson, Partner, Rockford Berge
Diana Carpenter, Regional and Sectoral Strategies Division Director, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, DELEB

12:45pm - Lunch and Luncheon Keynote
Opening remarks: Mark Abbott, Program Director, C.S. Mott Foundation
Keynote speaker: John Austin, President, Michigan State Board of Education, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Visiting Faculty at University of Michigan

1:45pm - Break and move to sector based working sessions

2:00pm - Sector-based working sessions
This time will alow participants to gather and focus on industry sectors that are active in their region (or area of expertise). Each group will be asked to focus their work on the three key Greenforce areas:
1 - Increasing access and success rates of lower-skilled adult learners in community college workforce training programs.
2 - Greening career pathways that lead to career advancement opportunities for the above population.
3 - Developing innovative links between on-campus sustainability initiatives and workforce training.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation
Susan Cocciarelli, Community Economic Development Specialist, MSU

Clean Transportation and Fuels (Parts, Batteries, Logistics and Shipping, etc.)
Matt Shields, Workforce Development Specialist, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, DELEG
Douglas Fertuck, Assistant Director, Energy and Automotive Programs, Macomb Community College

Increasing Energy Efficiency (Weatherization, Auditing, HVAC, etc)
Brian Shultz, Program Development Specialist, Grand Rapids Community College

Pollution Prevention and Environmental Clean Up
Guy Williams, President and CEO/Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Producing Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Geothermal, etc.)
David Sterret, President/Director, Research and Development, US United Energy Systems

4:00pm - Sustaining the Momentum: Next steps for the Michigan Greenforce Initiative
Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Campus Field Manager, NWF
Stephen Lynch, Sr. Project Manager, JFF

4:15pm - Summits ends

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