Second Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit

Audience, Green Jobs Summit 2009
Audience, Green Jobs Summit 2009

The Second Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit took place Friday, March 27th, 2009 at Kennedy-King College in Chicago. This event was so popular that we sold out with over 300 attendees, doubling our size from the first Summit held in December 2007.

Agenda & Presentations

(Presentations, plenary and session notes included. Three sessions are available via Eco Achievers)
8:00-9:00 Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Exhibits Open
9:00-10:00 PLENARY I – Opening Remarks and Green Collar Jobs Overview (see Eco Achievers for video)
Introduction, Victoria Cooper, Wilbur Wright College

Opening Plenary, Green Collar Jobs Summit 2009
Opening Plenary, Green Jobs Summit 2009

Welcome, President Clyde El-Amin, Kennedy-King College Opportunities and Challenges of a Green Collar Economy in the Chicagoland Region: Paige Finnegan, Adrian Esquival and Victoria Cooper, Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative. Presentation available for the Opening Plenary Presentation.

10:10-11:10 BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Round One

11:10-11:30 Break, Exhibits Open

11:30-12:30 PLENARY II – Workforce Development Plenary Notes
Jennifer Keeling, Chicago Jobs Council (moderator)
Margie Gonwa, The LEED Council
Patrick Brown, OAI, Inc.

Green For All Keynote, Green Jobs Summit 2009
Green For All Keynote, Green Jobs Summit 2009

Earl Powell, Kennedy-King College
1:00-1:50 KEYNOTE Presentation
Introduction, Ted Wysocki, The LEED Council
Speaker, L. Anton Seals, Office of Congressman Bobby Rush, 1st Congressional District of Illinois
Speaker, Jason Walsh, Green For All

2:00-3:00 Breakout Sessions – Round Two

3:00-3:15 Break, Exhibits Open

Green Jobs Summit, March 2009
Government Panel, Green Jobs Summit 2009

3:15-4:15 Plenary III – Government Plenary notes.
David Widawsky, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (moderator)
Alderman Manuel Flores, First Ward, City of Chicago
Steve Frenkel, Illinois EPA
Suzanne Malec-McKenna, City of Chicago, Department of Environment

4:15-4:30 Recap and Next Steps

Social Ventures

New and innovative social enterprise has always been a crucial pillar in a thriving U.S. economy. Join our Social Ventures panel to discuss approaches to building and sustaining green initiatives in today’s increasingly competitive climate. Workforce development, business model strategies, and funding goals will be among the various topics highlighted. Social Ventures session notes.

Brenda Palms Barber, North Lawndale Employment Network (moderator)
Patsy Benveniste, Windy City Harvest
Kindy Kruller; Elise Zelechowski, Delta Institute/The Reuse People


In an effort to rejuvenate the nation’s economy around good jobs and a clean environment, the labor movement is advocating for the next generation of American industrial and construction jobs. This panel addresses how industrial and construction unions are embracing clean energy as an economic necessity to rebuild America. Labor session notes.

Bob Bruno, University of Illinois
James Majerowicz, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 UA
Mark Meinster, Republic Windows, United Electrical Workers
Robin Rich, United Steelworkers, District 7

Economic Development

How can Chicagoland commerce build an environment of sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship? Our spirited discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges that come with creating the right business and financial environment, conducting business in a sustainable manner, and acquiring the skills and workforce necessary to meet the coming demand. Economic Development session notes.

Bryan Stubbs, Chicago Community Ventures (moderator)
Reggie Greenwood, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
Bill Haas, The Shaw Group
Anne Weber, Green Bag Lunch

Environmental Justice

Everyone wants justice: Americans consider it a core value. Join a conversation on today’s evolving movement for equity as veteran, emerging, and new justice coalitions discuss the disproportionately negative impacts our carbon lifestyles have on communities of color and underrepresented communities. We will also discuss specific ways you can support just climate change policy in the United States right now.

Naomi Davis, BIG: Blacks in Green (moderator)
Dr. Howard Ehrman, Climate Justice Chicago
Pam Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
James Thindwa, Jobs with Justice
Kim Wasserman Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

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