Where jobs & the environment meet   ·   June 6, 2016, Cleveland, OH
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Join us at the 2016 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference on June 6, 2016 in Cleveland. 

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GJGJ Registration Open – 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  


Registration opens - 7:30 a.m. 

Opening Plenary Session - 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Conference Opening Remarks – Kim Glas, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance; President, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland 

Keynote Address

Introduced by Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

Secretary Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Department of Labor 

Moderated Roundtable Discussion: Cleveland, Ohio: A Green City on a Blue Lake

Introduced by Harriet Applegate, Executive Secretary, North Shore Federation of Labor 

Our host city has a great story to tell about its ongoing transformation to a Green City on a Blue Lake. The efforts of community, civic and business leaders have built a sustainability agenda for Northeast Ohio that is making buildings more energy efficient, cleaning up air and water, growing renewable energy, lifting up local food systems, and providing real transportation choices for the people of the area. 

Participate in this discussion moderated by the BlueGreen Alliance featuring leaders from the civic, business, and non-profit sectors discussing Northeast Ohio’s transformation.  

Lee Geisse, Regional Program Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
Tom Conway, Regional Program Manager, BlueGreen Alliance 

Jenita McGowan, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Cleveland
Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance
Dr. Lorry Wagner, President, Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

Closing Remarks – Kim Glas, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance; President, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

Break - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Workshop Session - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (View Workshops)

BlueGreen Champions Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. featuring keynote from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

Break – 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Workshop Session - 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (View Workshops)

Break - 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Closing Plenary Session - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Moderated Roundtable Discussion: Repairing America’s Basic Systems: Clean Infrastructure Creating Good Jobs 

Introduced by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing 

Around the country, failures caused the lack of investment in our infrastructure have caused Americans to lose faith in the basic systems we rely on for energy, water and other vital services. In Flint, Michigan, thousands of children were exposed to lead and other health risks by the water coming out of the faucets in their homes. Our outdated energy systems have failed during times of crisis and extreme weather, with millions left without heat and power after Hurricane Sandy.   

To repair the faith of the American people in our basic energy systems, we must first take action to repair and modernize those systems—creating quality jobs for workers manufacturing needed materials and reconstructing or replacing failed systems. Join us for a panel discussion focused on solutions to repair America’s infrastructure in a way that maximizes the economic benefits to the American people and results in safe, healthy communities.   

Roxanne BrownAssistant Legislative Director, United Steelworkers (USW) 

Michael BruneExecutive Director, Sierra Club
D. Michael LangfordPresident, Utility Workers Union of America 

Keynote Address 

Introduced by Tim Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO ` 

Leo W. GerardInternational President, United Steelworkers (USW)  

Closing Remarks – Kim GlasExecutive Director, BlueGreen Alliance; President, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation  

Networking Reception - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  


Side meetings and site visits beginning at 8:00 a.m. (View Side Meetings/Site Visits)


Below are the workshops available for the 2016 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. More will be added in the near future. 

Quick Links to Sessions/Events

Workshop Session I

Workshop Session II

Day Two Events

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

WORKSHOP SESSION I - 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Changing Energy Landscape: Bringing Traditional Energy Workers and Front-Line Communities Into the Clean Energy Economy

Join us for a discussion of the economic impacts of the structural changes occurring in the American energy sector and opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels to move traditional energy sector workers and their communities into the new economies that are being created as a result. An examination of past experiences, current efforts, and future possibilities to assist individuals, localities, and entire regions to transition into the emerging clean energy economy through investment in people and the communities they call home.

Lee Anderson, Director of Legislation and Policy, BlueGreen Alliance 

Ed Good, Legislative Director, Utility Workers Union of America
Dan Sawmiller, Senior Campaign Representative, Ohio and Kentucky Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club
Nora Todd, Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Sherrod Brown
Kim Wasserman, Director of Organizing and Strategy, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization 

Many Streams Into a Mighty River: Coming Together to Solve America’s Water Problem

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is opening America’s eyes to the impacts that our aging infrastructure has on public health, the environment and the economy. This workshop focuses on water policy, financing, treatment, delivery and the manufacturing supply chain.  We can come together and drive support for real change in water systems across the country.The workshop will include informative presentations from a drinking water utility, a manufacturer of water components, and the regional sewer district, as well as opportunities to highlight your organizations programs and connect with other groups working to create a secure water future. 

James M. Proctor II , Senior Vice President and General Counsel, McWane, Inc.
Suzanne Chiavari, PE, Engineering Practice Leader, American Water
Kellie Rotunno, Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 

Cancer-Causing Chemicals and Safer Alternatives

In this exciting workshop, find out what women fire fighters in San Francisco, United Auto Workers in their GM contract, and the United Steelworkers in their worker education program are all doing to move production away from dangerous chemicals and towards inherently safer ways of working. 

Andy Comai, United Auto Workers
Connie Engel, Science & Education Senior Manager, Breast Cancer Fund
Lieutenant Heather Buren, President, United Fire Service Women
Deborah Mancini, Coordinator, United Steelworkers District 4  

Going From Camouflage to Blue and Green

Veterans, on account of their training and commitment to duty and service, can often be the best hiring choice across many professions. This workshop will explore progress being made among labor unions with training and apprentice programs bringing military veterans into infrastructure and energy careers, environmental and community efforts to inform veteran action on clean energy, as well as government action to help veterans transition to civilian life successfully.

MG(R) Anders B. (Andy) Aadland, President, CastleLink LLC
John Corn, LCDR, USN (Ret.), Human Resources Manager, Training and Development, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Robert Shields, Coordinator, Veteran Student Support Program, Cleveland State University  

Green Sustainable Technical Education Program (Green S.T.E.P.) and CTHSS E-House Virtual Tour

Find out how technical high schools, utilities, and business associations are partnering to prepare students for success in the emerging green workforce! Green STEP is Energize ConnecticutSM’s collaborative workforce development program that will prepare students for jobs in the green industry. The program pulls from sustainable initiatives and resources in the state, industry professionals, sustainability education experts, career track teachers and professionals, while Energize Connecticut programs provide students with thirty hours of training and exposure to career and higher education options in the green industry. Learn how and why these partnerships developed, how this exciting program is being implemented across the technical high school system in Connecticut, and gain tips on bringing a similar program to your state.

Diana McCarthy-Bercury, Administrator and Evaluator, Green S.T.E.P.
Lisa Sarubbi, Administrator and Evaluator, Green S.T.E.P.
Clifton Thomas, Carpentry Department Head, A.I. Prince Technical High School 

WORKSHOP SESSION II - 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Common Sense Economics: Women and Families

Join us for a conversation and interactive Workshop to recognize and strategize around the economic disparities that exist for women, the incredible economic challenges families face such as child care, health issues and more.

Common Sense Economics empowers working people by providing education on critical economic issues and how these issues impact our daily lives.  This interactive workshop is a labor innovation that activates and empowers workers, community members and others to think beyond their individual lives and workplaces, so they can make change in the world we live in.

This workshop will focus on real solutions where working women and men speak up together in campaigns that will lead to higher wages, better benefits, and a higher quality of life.

Save Energy, Save Money, Create Jobs, Fight Climate Change: A “Real Life” Example, The Westin Hotel!

A green, energy-efficient building isn't just good for the environment, it's good for jobs and the bottom line too. Energy efficiency saves money, reduces financial risk from rising energy costs, and is a proven best practice among leading companies. The building we are in has a story tell and so do the folks who made it possible. Originally built in 1974, this aging structure required extensive interior and exterior renovations to become a four-star Westin Hotel. Highlights of the project included complete interior renovation of all 484 guestrooms and all public spaces, replacement of all roofing and glazing, increased insulation, and new lighting and mechanical equipment which produced significant energy savings and resulted in LEED certification of the hotel.

Join us to learn more from the professionally trained work forces that delivered excellence in workmanship, training, skill and integrity on this project and others!

Presenters invited from:
ourneymen Plumbers Union UA Local 55
Pipefitters Local Union No. 120
Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #33
Gorman-Lavelle Corporation
Policy Matters Ohio

Justice Across Movements: Connecting Economic, Immigrant, Racial and Environmental Justice

The fight for environmental justice is inextricably linked to the fights for economic, immigrant, and racial justice as evidenced by the disparate impacts from climate change and environmental dangers in neighborhoods with a high density of working families, immigrant families and in communities of color. This workshop will dive into the intertwined nature of these impacts. Hear from speakers with deep knowledge of the fight for justice across these many movements, and join a discussion in how these movements can build off each other. 

Presenters invited from:
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Center for Community Change
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC)
Strategic Concepts for Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
WE ACT for Environmental Justice                 

Shaping Innovative Mobility and the Future of Transportation

Shared, connected, and autonomous vehicles, smart apps and infrastructure, new business models and services are already changing the auto industry, the transit sector, and transportation planning. "Innovative mobility" is a hot topic, but what the future of transportation looks like is a matter of equally hot debate. Connecting traditional and emerging transportation approaches could bring big upsides—or downsides—for workers, jobs, environment, and equity, as well as safety, service delivery and cost.  Join labor and environmental leaders and experts from the transit, automotive and technology sectors to discuss the innovation they’re seeing today, and the public policy issues we need to consider to shape the next generation of transportation.

Zoe Lipman, Senior Policy Advisor, BlueGreen Alliance

Makenzi Rasey, Program Associate, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ed Watt, Director of Special Projects, Amalgamated Transit Union
Alexander Keros, Manager, Vehicle & Advanced Technology Policy, General Motors

Demand Better, Buy Cleaner: Taking on Inequality and Climate Change by Boosting Domestic Manufacturing and Rebuilding Infrastructure

Massive sums of public money goes toward public infrastructure projects. Sums even larger are controlled by the financial industry, which drive infrastructure investment but also contributes to unacceptable inequality. These projects are vital for our communities’ stability and prosperity. They should also represent the best of what society should offer, and be symbols for high quality job creation and top notch environmental stewardship. Sadly, too much of the money is stuck in the realm of finance, and public procurement does not consistently mandate that projects and raw materials maximize domestic economic impact, nor do they minimize climate impact. Hear from experts on how they are working to shed light on runaway inequality, and also to specifically change laws to ensure that our public funds are used in a way that creates high quality domestic jobs and takes on climate change all at once. 

Mark Rowlinson, Assistant to the National Director, United Steelworkers
Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute
Mike Williams, Vice President, Strategic Development, BlueGreen Alliance
Representative, Jobs to Move America Campaign (Invited)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tour ArcelorMittal Cleveland

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Space is limited. This is a free event; however, no shows will be assessed a $15 penalty fee.

Join us for a tour** of ArcelorMittal Cleveland’s Hot Dip Galvanizing Line, one of the facility’s most modern and world-class operations. Depart the Westin by bus at 8:30 a.m. The tour will last approximately two hours, and the bus will return to the Westin at 11:30 a.m. 

ArcelorMittal Cleveland is a union facility represented by the United Steelwokers. It is recognized as one of the most productive integrated steelmaking facilities in the world, producing one ton of steel for slightly more than one worker hour. Part of the world’s leading steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland facility is the company’s third largest in the United States. 

The Hot Dip Galvanizing Line has helped ArcelorMittal Cleveland become a global center of excellence in producing advanced high strength steel for the automotive industry. Advanced high strength steels produced at ArcelorMittal Cleveland are helping automakers achieve aggressive fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting while maintaining vehicle safety.   

** There will be a short driving tour; however, the walking portion of the tour requires a substantial amount of walking. Please consider your physical condition before taking the tour. Remember to dress for the weather since portions of the tour may be exposed to outdoor conditions. Long sleeve shirts (jackets, hard hats and safety glasses will be provided) and long pants are required. Please wear flat, closed-toe shoes, hiking or works shoes preferred. No tennis shoes or high heels, please. Cameras and video equipment are not permitted. 

Cleveland Area Water Infrastructure Tour

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Space is limited. This is a free event; however, no shows will be assessed a $15 penalty fee. 

Join us for a day-long tour of two facilities that are important to protecting water in Northeast Ohio. The Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek showcases many types of Green Storm Water Management approaches and dynamic clean water educational programs for the public. While at the center, the Ohio Sierra Club will introduce participants to their volunteer water quality monitoring and reporting program. 

After a box lunch, the group will visit the Southerly Waste Water Treatment Plant, the largest of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s facilities. Southerly has an average daily flow of 125 million gallons per day. Capital Improvements at the plant have helped to dramatically improve the water quality in the Cuyahoga River. 

The trip will depart from the Westin by bus at 9:00 a.m. and return at approximately 3:00 p.m. Participants must wear closed-toe, solid-sole shoes for safety during the tour of the water treatment plant.

Please contact Tom Conway with the BlueGreen Alliance with any questions about the tour at 219-680-7221.

Forum: Protecting Voters and Increasing Civic Engagement

Tuesday, June 7 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Westin Hotel. 

Voters nationally and in Ohio are facing many hurdles in participating in the democratic process. As voters prepare to participate in the presidential election, challenges remain in ensuring voters’ rights are protected and civic participation is increased. This forum will provide an overview of the national landscape, drill down on recent election law changes in Ohio and how those laws could impact outcome of this election, how to educate voters through civic engagement programs, and how organizations could support efforts to ensure fair elections.

PHOTO: Denise Fairchild from the Emerald Cities Collaborative addresses the Conference.