2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, Feb. 8-10

Transportation Secretary LaHood, EPA Administrator Jackson Featured at 2011 Green Jobs Conference

February 8-10 Conference is Leading Forum Building a Green Economy

2011 Chevrolet Volt on Display on February 8

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are featured speakers at 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, February 8-10, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The Conference will bring thousands of labor, environmental, business and community members to D.C. for the nation’s leading forum for building a green economy, just two weeks after President Obama challenged the nation to win the clean energy jobs of the future.

The Conference will also feature: Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden; Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta; and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.

The Conference will also feature a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. A demonstration of American ingenuity in the development of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Chevy Volt has a driving range of 379 miles and will be on display February 8 at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

Coordinated by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, this unique event is the nation’s leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming, and preserves America’s economic and environmental future. For more, view the Agenda and Workshops at www.greenjobsconference.org.

The 2011 Conference is focused on putting into practice ideas and strategies to build a sustainable economy that creates good jobs, and will highlight state and local initiatives, emerging and growing green sectors, efforts to create a green infrastructure, successful workforce development programs, and model partnerships between government, the private sector and local interests.

February 10 is the BlueGreen Alliance Green Jobs Advocacy Day. For more information, visit www.bluegreenalliance.org/advocacy_day.

Media and bloggers interested in covering the Conference should request credentials online at http://www.greenjobsconference.org/press-and-bloggers.

WHAT:           2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

WHEN:           Tuesday, February 8 – Thursday, February 10, 2011

WHERE:        Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

REGISTER:   Request Credentials at http://www.greenjobsconference.org/press-and-bloggers.

FULL SCHEDULE (all times subject to change):

Tuesday, February 8

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -- Opening Plenary Session

8:00 a.m.         David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance

8:10 a.m.         Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

8:25 a.m.         Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

8:45 a.m.         Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

8:50 a.m.         Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council; Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

9:05 – 10:00 a.m. -- Plenary Panel: Clean Energy Economy — Manufacture It. Improve It. Invest in It.

Moderated by Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta and featuring White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, this plenary session will explore the role of the private and public sector in implementing a clean energy agenda that harnesses the creative drive in the U.S. economy and channels it to revitalize the American middle class with the creation of good jobs and a more prosperous, vibrant and sustainable future. America must pursue an agenda that rebuilds homes and offices for energy efficiency, rewires the electricity grid for smart distributed production of renewable energy, and drives production of American-made clean energy technologies. With this investment strategy, “green” is no longer just a discrete area of investment, it is a lens for examining our nation’s economic prosperity.


  • Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
  • Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers
  • Kevin Knobloch, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. -- Workshop Session I

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. -- Luncheon Plenary: Building a Movement: Union Members and Environmentalists Working Together For a Better Future

The labor and environmental movements have come together in recent years to affect change on their common goals: to create millions of good jobs across the country and to protect the environment for future generations of Americans. As we move forward, how do we build a movement that will accomplish these important goals? How do we ensure the creation of good, family-supporting jobs through investments in clean energy, and how do ensure that these working men and women have the opportunity to form a union? How do we build this movement for good jobs and a sustainable economy in communities and cities across the country?

This plenary session, emceed by national radio talk show host Bill Press and featuring Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen, Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry, and Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope, will focus on the future of the “blue-green” movement and how to reach our goals of job creation and environmental protection. Session will begin at 12:40 p.m.


  • Bill Press, Host, The Bill Press Show
  • Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America
  • Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union
  • Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. -- Workshop Session II

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. -- Workshop Session III

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. -- General Reception, Marriott Ballroom

Wednesday, February 9

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -- Plenary Session

8:05 a.m.         Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

8:15 a.m.         Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America

8:20 a.m.         Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation

8:35 a.m.         Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist and Economic Advisor, Vice President Joe Biden

8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. -- Plenary Panel: Sustainable Communities 

Building sustainable communities means investing in measures that will make them safer, healthier and more prosperous for this and the next generation. We can make our communities more healthy and livable by investing in a green health care system, making our schools more efficient and cleaner for students, expanding access to transit and different modes of transportation for communities across America, recycling, cleaning up our water supply, building a stronger and more efficient communications infrastructure, and ensuring that the products on the shelves and used on the job are safe for everyone.

This panel, moderated by WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi and featuring U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, will discuss how the United States can grow a more sustainable economy that ensures the health and safety of our children, workers, our families and our communities, with a special focus on health, transportation, public school efficiency, clean water, infrastructure, and consumer product safety.


  • U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, Fifth District of Minnesota
  • Kojo Nnamdi, Host, WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show
  • Lawrence J. Hanley, International President, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Clark Manus, President, American Institute of Architects

9:30 a.m.         David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance; 
Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers; 
Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. -- Workshop Session I

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. -- Workshop Session II

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. -- Workshop Session III

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. -- Premier Sponsor Reception

Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave, NW

Reception will feature the presentation of 2011 Green Jobs Champion Award to Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu.


About the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

The 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference is coordinated by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (BGAF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that conducts research and educates the public and media about solutions to environmental challenges that create economic opportunities for the American people.

BGAF works with the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy, and which includes the United Steelworkers, Sierra Club, Communications Workers of America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Service Employees International Union, National Wildlife Federation, Laborers’ International Union of America, Union of Concerned Scientists, Utility Workers Union of America, American Federation of Teachers, Amalgamated Transit Union, Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, and the United Auto Workers. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.