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Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses in Virginia
February 16, 2011
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center

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 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) 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 Virginia 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, and develop strategies to address resource challenges related to creating green career pathways and engaging lower-skilled adults.

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 Virginia.

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