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Building Gateways to the Green Economy
Save the Date: October 8-9, 2008
Pasadena Convention Center

Whether motivated by concerns about climate change or the lure of a "new energy" market that has been valued at $6 trillion, leaders from the public and private sectors are committing increasing time and resources to fostering the development of a "green economy."

Community colleges are gaining prominence as a focus for these efforts, a reflection of their capabilities for training the skilled workers that sustainable industries will need. The potential for such training is enhanced by the fact that many California community college campuses have undertaken programs to green their facilities, thus providing opportunities for "hands-on" learning involving new technologies.

From October 8-9, the Pasadena Convention Center will be the site of the Green California Community Colleges Summit, an event that will focus on the full range of strategies and technologies that can be brought to the challenge of creating a vibrant new industry, from the latest innovations in renewable energy to green curriculum.

The event has been developed under the leadership of an Advisory Board composed of leaders in the community college sustainability movement, and is chaired by Rosario Marin, California Secretary of State and Consumer Services, Rocky Young, Chancellor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Community College District and Timothy Simon, Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, a leading advocate for "green jobs." (Click here for a complete list of board members.)

The educational program for the Summit is intended to meet the diverse interests and purposes of participants; themes that will be addressed in presentations and workshops include: Building Design and Construction, The Business Case for Going Green, Educating the New Green Workforce, The Sustainable Campus A Model for the Community, and Meeting Current and Evolving Workforce Needs for the Green Economy.

Program details and speakers are currently being finalized. For more information, call 626.577.5700 or write to


Other resources:

Green Workforce: A Green Technology special edition (pdf format)

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