The 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference: Create Jobs, Protect the Environment

05/03/2010 - 8:00pm - 05/07/2010 - 12:59am

The Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference took place May 4-6 in Washington, DC, gathering thousands of union members, environmentalists, business and community leaders, and elected and administration officials to invest, innovate and take action to create good, clean energy jobs as we preserve America’s economic and environmental security.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter headlined the conference.  Joining them was Dr. Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. EPA, Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Robert G. Stanton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison, Emanuel Cleaver and Chellie Pingree, Des Moines Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

In addition, speakers from the labor, environment and business sectors shared some of their expertise on this topic, including Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Carl Pope, Executive Chairman of the Sierra Club, Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, George H. Miller, President of the American Institute of Architects, Arnold Wellman, Corporate Vice President for International and Domestic Affairs at UPS, Inc., and Beth Springer, Executive Vice President for International and Natural Personal Care at Clorox.

The three day conference featured exciting plenaries and more than 100 workshops on topics ranging from environmental and occupational health and safety to green manufacturing to transportation to state and local initiatives.  May 5 was the Green Innovation Expo, where leaders from labor, industry, environment and academia showcased how they are charting the path to the green economy and developing clean energy jobs.  May 6 was Green Jobs Advocacy Day.