Summit to focus on ‘green’ jobs, March 9-11

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Economic development, Renewable energy - generally | Tags: , |

From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Job and investment opportunities in environmental fields will be among topics addressed this week at the eighth annual Green Energy Summit at the Frontier Airlines Center.

The summit features a variety of speakers from corporate consultants, educators, chief executives and scientists concerned about the impact of climate change. The conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in a variety of areas, from sustainability and green jobs to renewable energy and water technologies.

“These areas are going to play a major role in the future economic development of this state,” said conference chair and co-founder George Stone of Milwaukee Area Technical College, the conference host. “The sooner we get into this game, the sooner we start investing, the better for everybody.”

The summit is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Frontier Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. The event continues Saturday with tours of Milwaukee-area renewable energy and sustainability facilities including Helios USA’s factory in the Menomonee Valley, the MATC Solar Education Farm north of Capitol Drive, and the Concordia University Wisconsin Center for Environmental Stewardship in Mequon.

The summit started as an event aimed at technical college students but has been broadened to include public and private universities, and increasingly, major businesses. This year’s theme: “The Green Frontier: Historic Changes, Unprecedented Opportunities.”

“The mission is to educate businesses and investors, as well as the future workforce – our students – to the opportunities that exist, and to the opportunities that are going to exist,” Stone said.


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