Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow is the official green jobs conference for the State of Michigan. This event will take place on May 11 in Lansing and is presented by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG). The conference will bring together business, education and training, labor, environmental, community- and faith-based, and policy advocacy partners and stakeholders who are currently working on developing a green economy and talent base in Michigan.
This all-day event will take place at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI (directions) and will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions. You can review the conference agenda and online registration is available.
This conference is part of DLEG's $6 million green jobs initiative, which is desgined to:
- Increase the number of green industries and businesses in Michigan.
- Develop green education and training programs, spurring the growth of Michigan’s green economy.
- Invest in worker education and training to prepare our workers for green jobs.
- Support urban renewal by creating green jobs and training opportunities for a diverse mix of people.
DLEG is targeting these areas in its green jobs initiative:
- Alternative Energy Production and Efficiency – including, but not limited to, jobs in wind energy; biofuels and bio-materials; solar storage and energy, energy efficiency, and advanced technology vehicles.
- Green Building Construction and Retrofitting – including, but not limited to, jobs in energy efficient building, construction, and retrofits; energy efficiency assessment for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities; materials recycling and reuse; architecture and design; land use and site analysis; building materials; and construction/rehab.
- Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation – including, but not limited to, jobs in food systems; green chemistry; water quality; forest, land, and water management; and brownfield redevelopment.
DLEG's green jobs initiative is part of Governor Granholm’s No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program. NWLB was announced on August 1, 2007 and has a goal of training 100,000 people in Michigan in three years for jobs in high demand occupations, emerging industries, or entrepreneurial endeavors. NWLB provides up to two years of free tuition at any Michigan community college, university, or other approved training program, for qualifying participants.
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