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Virginia Greenforce Learning and Action Network Summit 2011
"Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses in Virginia"
February 16, 2011
Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center

  • Explore new opportunities within Virginia's emerging green economy, specifically in the Northern, Shenandoah, and Chesapeake regions;
  • 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 workforce students.

9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30am - Welcome and Introductions
David A. Sam, President, Germanna Community College
Kevin Coyle, Vice President of Education and Training, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Victor Branch, Marketing Manager, Bank of America

9:45am - Overview of The Greenforce Initiative and the Virginia Greenforce Summit
Stephen Lynch, Sr. Project Manager, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

10:00am - The Green Economy in Virginia - What are the opportunities?
This session will cover: current and emerging green jobs trends in Virginia; opportunities by sector; opportunities to "green" existing jobs versus creating new green jobs; strategies for stimulating demand for a green workforce in Virignia; and employer perspectives on job emergence skills needed and how employers are working with community colleges.

Facilitator: Stephen Lynch, JFF 
Huey Battle, Chair, Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and Virginia Workforce Council 
Akua Gyabaah, Senior Associate, Workforce Investment and Innovation, ICF International
Shelby Robinson, Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations, Virginia Employment Commission
Tim Kestner, Research Economist, Virginia Employment Commission (second presentation document)
11:30am - Break

11:45am - Connecting Campus Greening Projects with Workforce Development for Hands-on Training Opportunities
Facilitator: Kristy Jones, NWF
Peter Trozze, Vice President, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering
David Wiggins, Workforce Services Program Manager, Blue Ridge Community College 
Gunn Prag, Capital Outlay Manager and Jim Fabian, Director of Quality Assurance, Workforce
Development & Continuing Education, Northern Virginia Community College

12:30pm - Luncheon Plenary: Funding Opportunities and How to Influence Policy to Secure Future Support
Glenn DuBois, Chancellor, Virginia Community College System
Nathan Lott, Executive Director, Virginia Conservation Network

1:45pm - 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.

Increasing Energy Efficiency (Weatherization, Auditing, HVAC, etc.)
Charlie Carter, Director, Residential Energy Management Training Program, Central Virginia Community College
Eric Oliver, President, EMO Energy Solutions

Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation
Coen Haakman,General Manager, Fresh Tulips USA
Brad Jarvis, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Producing Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Geothermal, etc.)
Zak Dowell, Adjunct Instructor, Workforce Solutions, Lord Fairfax Community College

Transportation (Parts, Batteries, Logistics and Shipping, etc.)
Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of GreenTech Automotive
Jennifer Hibbert, Transportation Manager, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

4:00pm - Sustaining the Momentum: Next steps for the Virginia Greenforce Initiative
Julian Keniry, Sr. Director, Campus and Community Leadership, NWF

4:15pm - Summits ends

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