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Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses in Western North Carolina
March 4, 2011
8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Enka site
1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler, North Carolina

The Western North Carolina Greenforce Summit provided participants with an opportunity to come together to identify and share region-specific solutions and resources to accelerating green workforce development initiatives. The Summit was a forum for building relationships, sharing best practices and for addressing resource challenges pertaining to timely green jobs creation.



Jobs Outlook and Employers Panel videos coming soon!

Goals of the Summit:

  • Explore new opportunities within North Carolina's emerging green economy, specifically in the Western region;
  • Examine ways that community colleges and other key stakeholders can help prepare the workforce in this region to meet employer needs and help to grow the green economy;
  • Identify opportunities to align economic development and economic opportunity in the green economy;
  • Build relationships, share best practices, and develop strategies to address resource challenges related to creating green career pathways and engaging lower-skilled adults; and
  • Learn how to use campus sustainability projects as hands-on training opportunities for students in green education and training.

The Greenforce Initiative, a partnership of Jobs for the Future and National Wildlife Federation, is collaborating with the Code Green Initiative, the Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP), and the North Carolina Community College System to host a summit in the Western region of North Carolina. The purpose of this summit is to provide in-person opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, sharing best practices, and networking among curriculum-level education, workforce development, basic skills and sustainability leaders from community colleges in each region. The gathering will service as a launching point for a regional learning community focused on increasing the capacity of North Carolina community colleges in the Western region around educating the green workforce.  

With support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, participants will have full access to the summit, with no registration fee. Free breakfast and lunch will also be offered, along with travel reimbursement for college teams.


  • The Greenforce Initiative (a partnership between National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future)
  • Code Green Initiative
  • Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP)
  • North Carolina Community College System

Participating Campuses and Organizations:
Advantage West Economic Development Group - Advantage Green
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Host)
Blue Ridge Community College
Caldwell Community college and Technical Institute
Catawba Valley Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Code Green Initiative
FLS Energy
Haywood Community College
Isothermal Community College
Johnson Controls
McDowell Technical Community College
NCCCS Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP)
North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)
North Carolina Department of Energy
Office of Congressman Heath Shuler
Office of Senator Kay Hagan
Southwestern Community College
Tri-County Community College
Western North Carolina Green Building Council
Western Piedmont Community College
Wilkes Community College


Carly Queen
Campus Field Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation (Southeast Regional Center)
404-876-8733 x238

Gloria Mwase
Program Director
Jobs for the Future
617-728-4446 x166

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