Fifth Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit


Five years ago, the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative was started by a group of leaders in our region who committed to making our communities a hub for environmentally sustainable economic development while ensuring access to these new, green jobs for historically disadvantaged populations.

Since 2007, the Chicagoland region has experienced many successes related to green economic and community development including a proliferation of green jobs training programs for workers from the most severely disadvantaged groups, and environmental issues becoming a primary item on political agendas both in the City of Chicago and municipalities in the surrounding counties. However, these achievements have happened against a very challenging economic backdrop: we have faced the most significant recession since the Great Depression, the unemployment rate has risen steadily, and there has been a marked decrease in federal investments for economic and workforce development projects.

So, while we have collectively accomplished a great deal in the past five years, there is much more work to do. This year’s summit is about developing targeted action plans that we hope will help guide the region in the future given our current challenges and the new political landscape.

This year’s summit was developed in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network and the Greenforce Initiative.


  • Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
  • Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: Arturo Velasquez Institute (2800 S. Western Avenue)

Registration Cost:

  • $60 for staff at partner entities
  • $70 for non-partners
  • Click here to learn more about becoming a partner
  • Registrations are transferable, but non-refundable

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NOTE: The USGBC is managing the registration process, so you will be redirected to their website.

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Time Tentative Agenda (check back often for updates)
8:00-9:00am Registration and Networking
9:00-10:00am Opening Plenary Session
10:00-10:15am Break
Workshops Employer Resources Local Policy Regional Investments
10:15-11:30am Workshop 1 Workshop 1 Workshop 1 Workshop 1
 11:30-1:00pm Lunch Plenary Session
1: 00-2:15pm Workshop 2 Workshop 2 Workshop 2 Workshop 2
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:45pm Workshop 3 Workshop 3 Workshop 3 Workshop 3
4:00-5:00pm Reception


Q: Who should attend the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit?

A: Anyone who is invested in developing the Chicagoland green workforce and economy.  Non-profit organizations, businesses, regional government agencies, educators and students are typically the largest groups of people represented at our events.

Q: Are discounts given to large groups?

A: Yes. Significant discounts are given to groups of 10 or more. Please inquire at

Q: Are student discounts available?

A: Student discounts are not available for this year’s summit, however there are a limited number of volunteer opportunities at this year’s event. All volunteers will be given complimentary registrations. If you are  interested  in this opportunity please contact Angela Bailey.

Additional Questions can be sent to