The Fourth Annual Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit took place on Tuesday, May 17 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

A BIG Thank You to everyone who worked to make he event a great one. If you weren’t able to attend please feel free to use the presentations and notes from the workshops as resources.

2011 Summit Workshops

Navigating the Credentialing Landscape

When it comes to training providers in the Chicagoland Region, credentials come a dime a dozen. With so many different types of credentials available, do you know which ones employers actually value? The workshops in this track will explore current credentials in the regional labor market occupation and how employers view them.

Energy Efficiency|1-2:20pm|Room 510| Power Point Presentations

Doug Widener, USGBC-IL (Moderator)
Jamie Peters, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Jim Gill, Wilbur Wright College
Dean Tripp, LEED Council
Tom McElherne, DNR Contractors

Service Sectors: Landscaping, Food Service, and  Pest Management|2:30-3:50pm| Room 510

Stephen Bell, College of Lake County (Moderator)
Jason Sloat, Christy Webber Landscapes
John Tamayo, Service is Us, Inc
Holly Thompson, Safer Pest Control Project| Power Point

Regional Green Job Growth

Although many are familiar with green job growth projections over the next few decades,the workshops in this track are focused on what is currently happening with regional job growth for the selected sectors. Panelists will explore the specifics of how policy promotes or hinders  job growth,  where jobs are , and the training and skills that are necessary in order to enter these industries.

Renewable Energy|1:-2:20pm|Room 520| Notes

Margie Gonwa, LEED Council (Moderator)
Ashley Craig, Environmental Law and Policy Center
John Caravette, Earth, Wind, and Solar, LLC
Michelle Hickey, Illinois Solar Energy Association

Environmental Remediation|2:30-3:50|Room 520| Notes

Dr. Victoria Cooper, Wilbur Wright College (Moderator)
Dave Graham, City of Chicago Department of Environment
Neil Silins, EMS Environmental
Amanda Allen, OAI, Inc

Innovative Green Workforce Strategies

As the bleak economic climate continues, several programs across the region have implemented groundbreaking workforce education and training programs for disadvantaged workers. The  workshops in this track will show how these programs serve as inspirational models for the region and the rest of the country.

Education|1-2:20pm| Room 580| Notes

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, The Greenforce Initiative
Stephen Lynch, The Greenforce Initiative | Power Point
Rudy Lozano , Instituto Del Progreso Latino| Power Point
Dara Reiff, College of Lake County | Power Point
Dr. James L. Miles Sr. Austin Polytechnical Academy | Power Point

Employment and Training Programs| 2:30-3:50|Room 580| Notes

Jimmy Akintonde, Ujamaa Construction (Moderator)
Andrew Kinaci, Sweet Beginnings, LLC | Power Point
Jayne Vellinga, Chicago Women in Trades | Power Point
Pete Baker, Micheal Barlow Center-St. Leonard’s Ministries | Power Point