Where jobs & the environment meet   ·   April 13, 2015, Washington, D.C.
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Program

Schedule at a Glance

The Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is presented by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

Monday, APRIL 13, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary

Conference Opening Remarks

Kim Glas, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance; President, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation
Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW)
Collin O'Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation 

Keynote Address
James DeLuca, Vice President, Global Manufacturing, General Motors 

Moderated Roundtable Discussion: Repair America: What’s Working?

Repairing the basic systems that we use for transportation, energy, communications, and clean water reduces carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases driving climate change and grows economic opportunity for millions of Americans by creating and maintaining quality, family-sustaining jobs. Modernizing these systems now—and making sure they are resilient to the challenges a changing climate brings—is vital to America's economic and environmental future. Hear from a panel of experts who will talk about the strides being made and share success stories about repairing America’s infrastructure.

Moderator:
Dana Bourland, Vice President, Environment, JPB Foundation

Presenters:
Tom Gross, Director of Pipeline & Gas Distribution, United Association (UA)
Shoshana Lew, Deputy Assistant Director, Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
Clinton L. Plummer,
Vice President, Development, Deepwater Wind

Closing Remarks
James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. WORKSHOP SESSION I (Workshops TBA)

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. BlueGreen Champions Luncheon sponsored by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (not included in registration price, tickets separate) or lunch on your own.

Vice President Joe Biden will receive the 2015 Green Jobs Champion Award at the event.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION II (Workshops TBA)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary Session

Moderated Roundtable Discussion: The Clean Power Plan: State Leaders Striving for Optimal Outcomes

Leaders in states around the country are focused on taking the right steps to make sure their state’s response to the Clean Power Plan works to protect workers’ livelihoods and spurs good jobs in cleaner energy, all while reducing the carbon emissions that are driving climate change. A panel of national and state leaders will discuss how stakeholders around the country are working to help craft State Implementation Plans to meet the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Moderator:
Roxanne Brown, Assistant Legislative Director, United Steelworkers (USW)

Presenters:
Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary, Montana State Labor Federation
Mark Wagner, Vice President, Government Affairs, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network 

Keynote Introduction
Michael Brune,
 Executive Director, Sierra Club 

Keynote Address
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts

Closing Remarks
Kim Glas, President, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. NETWORKING RECEPTION

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Youth Caucus at Good Jobs, Green Jobs

National environmental, labor, and campus network groups will host an event focused on building youth power  and a sustainable future. A diverse group of high school and college students, and young professionals  from across the youth justice movement will be meeting to share and further develop their organizing skills and create a unified vision for our future. 

Through think-and-do workshops and breakouts on community engagement as well as facilitated discussions on a just generational transition, the Youth Caucus at Good Jobs, Green Jobs will empower young activists to build new partnerships and relationships that will lay the foundation for enduring collaborative efforts between our many movements. 

Register for the Youth Caucus here.

NOTE: Registering for this event is separate from the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference registration. Admission and registration for the Youth Caucus is free. Participants of the Youth Caucus will have access to a special discounted rate of $75 ($149 for the Conference and Luncheon) for overall Conference registration. 

 

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Resist and Restructure: Defeating Fast Track and Creating an Equitable Trade Policy for the 21st Century

The attempt to railroad massive trade deals through Congress by introducing Fast Track legislation has generated opposition from a range of constituencies across the United States. Learn how these trade deals benefit multi-national corporations at the expense of everyone else; undermine our democracy and sovereignty; subvert our labor/environmental/consumer standards; and cost us millions of jobs and billions in lost wages. Also learn how we can defeat fast track and bad trade deals and put this country on a path for balanced trade that protects our quality of life and strengthens democracy and human rights.  We defeated Fast Track before and we will do it again—but only with your active participation in the struggle. 

Registration is separate from Good Jobs, Green Jobs. Register here.