This year’s Conference is focused on repairing the systems Americans rely on every day, whether getting us back and forth to work, supplying our power, keeping us safe from storms and floods, communicating with police and fire during emergencies, or ensuring the institutions where our children learn are safe and healthy. It's time to repair these systems today to create quality, family-sustaining jobs, to address the threat of climate change, and to ensure the health and safety of our workplaces and our communities. College and university students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The Greenforce Initiative will host a workshop presenting local, state and national policy recommendations for advancing sustainability skills education developed by convening thought leaders and practitioners in green workforce development, and NWF's CEO Larry Schweiger will be featured as a plenary speaker.
Jobs for the Future (JFF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are partners in the Greenforce Initiative™, an effort to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to green the skills of our modern workforce.
JFF and NWF share a desire to increase the capacity of community colleges to help nontraditional students enter the job market with marketable sustainability skills. NWF has a 20-year history of working with colleges and universities to improve their overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability. For 25 years, JFF has worked to create and expand training- and education-based solutions to poverty, and it has deep expertise in engaging colleges in workforce partnerships and sector-specific workforce development initiatives.
The Greenforce Initiative is active in Illinois (Chicago), Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington (Seattle).
"By filling the needs of those most directly involved with the implementation of occupational skills development and sustainability education, the Greenforce Initiative continues to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to train workers for the sustainability jobs that exist today," says Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future.
"Though Greenforce isn't even two years old, we are proud of the network it has fostered for students across academic disciplines who seek to carve out their niche in the new sustainable economy," says Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus & Community Leadership, National Wildlife Federation. "As we move forward, these regional collaborations between community colleges and employers will yield a vital dialogue on 'hiring green.'"