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April 10 – 11, 2013

Sustainability Skills Matter: A National Policy Discussion to Advance a Competitive Workforce for the Clean Economy

On April 10-11, 2013, a dedicated group of national thought leaders will convene in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to advance the place of sustainability skills in community college career and technical education in ways that align with employer demand and help grow demand for these skills. 

The goal of this convening is to craft a common platform for action in developing a competitive workforce for the clean economy. Reflecting on the significant innovation and successful models in sustainable career and technical education to date, this meeting will develop a "Greenprint" of policy recommendations and opportunities that:

  • Aligns sustainability skills education with employer demand in key industry sectors.
  • Creates incentives for broad employer engagement with community colleges to create career pathways that enable lower-skilled students to gain valuable skills and advance in careers.
  • Supports community colleges in helping students develop skills linked to real-world experience offered through campus or community sustainability projects.
  • Supports community colleges in promoting student, consumer, and employer awareness that can enhance demand for sustainability skills in the workforce and contribute to growth of the green economy.
  • Supports the roles of nonprofit organizations and other labor market intermediaries in linking community colleges with employers and other key stakeholders to expand effective practices.
  • Addressing barriers to scaling up the adoption of sustainability skills, for example, by strengthening the systems for credentialing these skills, by better framing them in the context of career and technical education and by promoting their value to students, employers, and other stakeholders.

Learn more about this meeting by reviewing the materials below.

Pew Conference Center
901 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20004-2008
Phone: 202-552-2000

Concept Paper for Sustainability Skills Matter


Greenprint Outline 

Participant List

Participant Bios

Registration (closed)

Travel Scholarships:
A limited number of travel scholarships in the form of reimbursement are available to cover or offset some or all travel and lodging costs. These funds are limited to about 10 participants to cover up to two night’s lodging and airfare or train tickets, so we kindly request that any individual or organization with a flexible budget to cover some conference, professional development, networking or other travel-related costs, kindly do so. For those requiring reimbursement for airfare and lodging in order to attend, please e-mail your request with estimate of cost to Kristy Jones at and notification of maximum reimbursement coverage with instructions on how to be reimbursed will be provided as quickly as possible.

Restaurant Options Close to the Meeting Venue: 
Gordon Bierch, 900 F Street, NW
Asia Nine, 915 E Street, NW
Rosa Mexicano, 575 7th Street, NW
Ella's Pizza, 901 F Street, NW
Subway, 901 E Street, NW, #104
Freshii, 555 11th Street, NW
Cosi, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Teaism, 400 8th Street, NW
Dandy Restaurant Cruises, Zero Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia - Enjoy Washington's famous cherry blossoms while sharing gourmet dining, dancing and an unparalleled view of our Nation’s Majestic monuments. A cab would be required.

Hotel Options Close to Meeting Venue: (we do not have negotiated rates)
Courtyard Washington Convention Center
Hotel Monaco
Renaissance Washington
Grand Hyatt
Fairfield Inn 

Julian Keniry, National Wildlife Federation,

Gloria Mwase, Jobs for the Future,

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