Everblue Attends the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

Wed, 2012-05-16 08:51

As part of Everblue’s mission to engage with students and industry professionals, Everblue staff consistently attends trade shows and conference across the country. Last week, Everblue participated in the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, held in Detroit. The conference, which focused on numerous areas of interest including schools and the manufacturing sector, had one underlining theme: to bring green jobs to Detroit. Many organizations including BlueGreen Alliance, the United Steelworkers, and the Sierra Club were in attendance, amongst many others.


- Our Children, Our Future: Modernizing Schools to be Healthy, Safe and Green. The conference’s keynote address focused on modernizing schools to promote sustainability, safety, and health. Significantly, the keynote illustrated how efforts to ‘green’ schools can save up to $100,000 a year in operating costs, allowing for the allocation of funding for new staff, computers, and textbooks. On average, high efficiency schools were found to use 33% less energy and 32% less water than traditional schools. Moreover, efforts to improve energy efficiency in schools will promote job growth in a variety of industries. Many of the presenters underlined the efforts already being made in the Midwest, and how schools all over the country can systematically implement ‘green’ strategies to improve efficiency and health.

Presenters: Nathan Alford-Tate, Student at the Detroit School of Arts, Charlotte Brody, Director of Chemicals at BlueGreen Alliance, David Hecker, President of AFT Michigan, and Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Campus Field Manager for the National Wildlife Federation.

- U.S. Manufacturing in the Clean Energy Economy: State-Level Efforts to Ensure a Domestic Clean Energy Supply Chain. The following workshop underlined numerous efforts to promote clean energy jobs in Detroit, in an effort to combat the significant loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector of the economy. One of the most significant elements of the presentation involved discussion about manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines in Detroit and in the Midwest. As mentioned throughout the workshop, the main goal of the promoting clean energy manufacturing involves the development of an Offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes as well as engaging Detroit youth as leaders in the green economy.

PresentersLinda Andros, Legislative Counsel for the United Steelworkers, Scott Boos, Deputy Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Brian Lombardozzi, Senior Policy Analyst for the BlueGreen Alliance.


Overall, the conference went well with many of the Everblue’s staff enjoying the numerous workshops that were available. “One of the highlights of the conference, for me, was an educational workshop about ending foreign oil dependency,” says Chris Erdt, Everblue’s Business and Sales Representative. “For those who have followed Everblue over the years, you know that ending foreign oil dependency has been a key motivation of our organization and has guided our decision-making in the past,” he added.

The venue, located in the GM headquarters, provided not only a beautiful view of the lake, but highlighted many sustainable efforts including a ‘People Mover’ monorail, to decrease the use of automobiles. We at Everblue will be closely monitoring the growth of sustainable efforts in the Midwest as well as the manufacturing industry and we are excited for what the future our industry holds!

By Peter J. Bock

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