It’s built right in Ohio.
New fuel efficiency guidelines are breaking all rules when it comes to notions about the kind of cars people want to buy. The fuel-efficient Chevy Cruze for example is proving that a car that’s good for the environment is the same kind of car that consumers want to buy. A Wednesday afternoon workshop session that included Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH), Dan Boon from United Steelworkers, David Green with the United Auto Workers, Rob McCulloch from the BlueGreen Alliance and James Winship from IUE-CWA -- moderated by BlueGreen Alliance’s Lee Geisse -- was further testament to that fact.
Beyond the consumer and environmental benefits of the Chevy Cruze, workshop participants emphasized the importance of reading the label to see where products like the Chevy Cruze are manufactured. For example, a tire made in Akron, OH by Goodyear is the same price as a tire made by a Goodyear plant in China. We should make sure then that we’re all buying the tire that’s made in Akron, OH.
A dynamic and energetic mix of speakers kicked off Wednesday workshops and discussions at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The opening speakers included members of Congress, state and local leaders, along with business and environmental speakers and a Goldman Prize winner showing tremendous bravery in Bogota, Columbia in pursuit of good, green jobs.
Freshman Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham emphasized in her message to attendees that there’s nothing more important than saving the planet. She added we should use every opportunity to make sure we create good jobs while doing so.
Following Congresswoman Grisham, Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1) received the Green Jobs Champion Award Wednesday morning for his work raising awareness about a range of chemicals that consumers encounter in every day, and for being a tireless advocate for cleaner air and protecting public health. Congressman Rush has leveraged his position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power to elevate the issue of climate change and draw national attention to how we can best deploy renewable energy.
Charlotte Brody from the BlueGreen Alliance led a panel of experts from IUE-CWA, United Steelworkers and Communications Workers of America (CWA) talking about the creation of ChemHat.org, a new chemical hazard web tool. The website reveals more about the contents of a chemical, exactly how dangerous it is and what happens when workers are exposed to it.
The website provides a wealth of practical information. Many of the problems workers have with regard to chemicals in the workplace stems from a lack of information. For example, the information provided to workers on the chemicals they work with comes in the form of what's called an MSDS sheet. The formatting, fonts and clarity of information on these forms varies widely from one form to the next. In the case of an emergency where toxic chemical exposure takes place, information must be as easy as possible to locate.
The Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference has attracted big name speakers over the years, and this year was no different. Tuesday afternoon, the attendees got to hear from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“High speed rail is coming to America!” Ray LaHood declared to the audience. He also spoke of the importance of Buy America requirements and preparing our country’s infrastructure for climate change. “Construction materials for our new rail projects are coming from rail from facilities in 49 states. That’s good for our workers, good for our travelers and good for the economy. For everything we do, we have an eye on the future… America was built on big ideas and bold actions because generations before us had the courage and the foresight to invest in our future… We owe no less to our children and grandchildren.”
The 2013 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference kicked off this morning plenary session that had a theme and a rallying: “Let’s Get to Work: Climate Change, Infrastructure and Innovation.” Throughout all of the speeches, and the first plenary panel, the speakers talked about how climate change is both a challenge and an opportunity for our generation.
As Congressman Henry Waxman noted, “For decades, the experts warned of the future danger of climate change. But, we’re seeing it now; climate change is no longer an issue for later.” Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Climate Justice Program at the NAACP, later echoed this statement in saying, “Many people say that if we don’t change our practices, we will be in dangers of catastrophes happening due to climate change. Those lived in the areas of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina know they’re already here.”
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, said “It is our job to create a clean energy vision and bring it to policymakers.”
Addressing a standing room only crowd of union members, environmentalists and business leaders who are all prepared for an exciting few days ahead, David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance opened up the first Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2013 plenary session. Leo Gerard from United Steelworkers, Larry Cohen from Communications Workers of America, Jon Barton from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Michael Brune from Sierra Club all spoke about why they individually are engaged in the movement to build a stronger, cleaner economy and also why their respective organizations are also leading the way.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be joining leaders in the environmental, labor, business, non-profit sectors, as well as elected champions working to address climate change like U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, at the 2013 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference — April 16-18 in Washington, D.C.
As part of the Obama administration, Transportation Secretary LaHood has been a tireless advocate for expanding and updating our nation’s transportation networks, creating jobs, building stronger communities and reducing carbon pollution. He’s helped lead the charge to make automobiles and light trucks more fuel efficient, ushering in fuel-efficiency standards that will double the how far we can go on a gallon of gas by 2025.
There are a lot of great reasons to go to the 2013 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington D.C. on April 16-18 — from the dynamic speakers to the insightful workshops to the networking opportunity with thousands of business, environmental, labor and community leaders and elected officials that will be there.
But we wanted to tell you about the top 5 reasons for you to join us, April 16-18 at the Washington Hilton Hotel:
1) Dozens of workshops focusing on how to make your community thrive, the tools necessary for a clean economy, and building the partnerships we need to create and sustain good green jobs.
Things are picking up here in Good Jobs, Green Jobs land — we’ve announced the first of the speakers that will be appearing and now we’ve got even more news — you can view the agenda and check out the workshops for this year’s Conference. These dozens of workshops are focusing on how to make your community thrive, the tools necessary for a clean economy, and building the partnerships we need to create and sustain good green jobs.
Take some time and run through them. We’ll be adding more in the near future.
We know that climate change is no longer a possibility, it’s a reality. Hurricane Sandy and the drought of 2012 showed America what climate change could do to our communities, economy and environment. It's time to get to work addressing climate change, the state of our nation's infrastructure and developing the innovative technologies of the future.
Online registration for the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is now closed, but you can register onsite at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. from:
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17
Registration for two days of exciting plenary sessions and insightful workshops is only $225.
With new, flexible registration options, you're sure to find one to fit your needs and budget. Take a look at our attendance options:*
Full-Conference Attendee: Full access to the two-day Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference complete with four plenary sessions, dozens of workshops, the Wednesday evening reception, and ample networking opportunities. Full-Conference registration is $225.
One Day Pass: Access to one day of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference that includes two plenary sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities. A One Day Pass for either April 16 or April 17 is $125.
Plenary Pass: Access to all four plenary sessions during the two days of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference for only $50.
Networking Reception Pass: Access to the Wednesday evening Networking Reception for only $50.
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