OD: Building our Nation’s Green Collar Workforce
Recorded April 30, 2009
Hear three community college perspectives that focus on
- how an institution can establish itself as a leader of the “green movement” within its community, state and region;
- what to consider when developing financially sound “road maps” to address energy management and conservations needs – regardless of your institution’s status as a signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment;
- when and where to focus “green collar” workforce training programs – considering four key elements in a curricular framework.
Higher education as a whole can be agents of change in this growing culture of environmental consciousness, and 2-year institutions are uniquely positioned to be leaders in the sustainability movement.
Learn what your colleagues are doing to develop “green collar” workforce training, initiate cost-saving energy projects, advocate for the “triple bottom line” (economics, environment, social justice) and engage their students, faculty, community, state and region by advancing a fiscally sustainable vision.
While the focus is on community college efforts, all institution types can benefit from learning how they can participate and cement their “sustainable position” in this evolving landscape.
What You Will Learn:
- Learn from community colleges who have already been successful in positioning themselves within the sustainability arena and the gains they have made fiscally, politically and administratively
- Discuss 4 strategies to develop a “Green Collar” workforce initiative on your campus and the benefits of tapping into this national trend
- Identify “entry points” any institution can take in sustainability efforts regardless of their size, location or status as signatories of the President’s Climate Commitment
Who Should Participate?
- Chief business officers
- fiscal officers
- physical plant and facilities directors
- sustainability directors
Meet the Presenters:
- Michael Mayher, Vice President, Administrative Services and Treasurer, Lakeland Community College
- Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
- Douglas Williams, Vice President, Business Services, Des Moines Area Community College
- Steve Hoiberg, Siemens (moderator)
- Course Level: Overview
- Length: 100 minutes
- Prerequisites: none
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