Green Energy — April 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

Green jobs conference coming to Detroit – Guest post by former Congressman Mark Schauer


Green jobs ARE good jobs

I have written before(HERE and HERE) about former Congressman Mark Schauer’s involvement with the BlueGreen Alliance and his role as the national co-chair for their Jobs21! initiative. Mark has graciously agreed to write a guest post about an upcoming conference in Detroit that will focus on building jobs and employment in the green energy sector.


Join Us in Detroit to Help Create Good, Green Jobs in the Midwest

By Mark Schauer, Former Congressman; BlueGreen Alliance Jobs21! initiative National Co-Chair

Next month, the 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Midwest Conference, will be taking place in Detroit at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center May 10-11. The Conference will feature a number of great speakers during the plenaries, including Congressman Hansen Clarke, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Daniel Poneman, United Autoworkers President Bob King, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and many others.

Perhaps more intriguing for folks in the progressive community are the dozens of workshops being held that will highlight the work and policies need to make Michigan, the Midwest, and the rest of the country leaders in creating good jobs that are also good for our environment. You can hear from leaders from throughout the Midwest who are — right now — building a better future for our children and grandchildren.

Usually, the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation hosts one Good Jobs, Green Jobs nationally, but this year they did something different, hosting one in each of America’s four regions. Already, they have had successful events in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia — gathering thousands of union workers, environmentalists, nonprofit, business and academic leaders — and Detroit will be the final stop.

The Conference is also quite affordable, with registration at just $195. And if you need a hotel, there’s a discount available until April 25.

It’ll be great to be in the Motor City networking with others, hearing new ideas and approaches to building a better future, and sharing our own experiences to help others in this fight for good, green jobs.

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