Where jobs & the environment meet   ·   June 6, 2016, Cleveland, OH
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Program

Workshops

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.

Moderator:
Lee Anderson, Director of Legislation and Policy, BlueGreen Alliance 

Presenters:
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. By coming together, we can drive support for real change in water systems across the country. This interactive workshop connects participants around water policy, finance, treatment, delivery and manufacturing. Come discuss experiences and challenges you face. If you work at a water utility or volunteer with a watershed conservancy group, install water systems in buildings or make pipes and valves, enjoy fishing and rowing as well as finding policy solutions that really make a difference, this workshop is for you.

Cancer-Causing Chemicals and Safer Alternatives

Find out what women fire fighters in San Francisco, United Auto Workers in their GM contract, a Latino Workers’ Rights organization in New York, Women of Steel and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are all doing to move production away from dangerous chemicals and towards inherently safer ways of working.

Presenters:
Connie Engel, Science & Education Senior Manager, Breast Cancer Fund
Lieutenant Heather Buren, President, United Fire Service Women
Deborah Mancini, Coordinator, Women of Steel Heath Safety, 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.

Presenters:
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  

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!


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

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!

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. 

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.

Demand Better, Buy Cleaner: Using Procurement to Drive Job Creation and Climate Action

Massive sums of public money goes toward public infrastructure projects. 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, 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 change procurement to ensure that our public funds create high quality domestic jobs and demand manufactured goods like iron and steel come from low emitting sources.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Slam the Door On Unhealthy Products That Sabotage Green Building

Join us at this Healthy Products Forum from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Cleveland. Efforts have been underway to upgrade and retrofit affordable housing to reduce the amount spent on energy and make the homes more comfortable to live in. But in the rush for energy efficiency, pleasant design and other benefits, the health impacts of many products can be overlooked. It turns out that not all building products—including “green”—are equal when it comes to health and safety. Some may be great at lowering energy costs, but at the same time are sneaking some nasty chemicals with potentially serious health problems into the home. These chemicals can harm both occupants and installers. 

Registration for this event is included in your Good Jobs, Green Jobs registration. If you wish to register for this workshop only, you can do so for $30 here.

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.