Capitol Briefing: BUILDING A STRONG, INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY IN CALIFORNIA

Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, Noon to 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Eureka Room, State Capitol Basement

RSVP: info@californiaedgecampaign.org or (916) 498-3354

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend.

California has taken the plunge into the green economy as the next economic engine for innovation and growth. Implementation of AB 32 and federal investment as part of the stimulus package will create huge opportunities for our businesses and workers. However, we must upgrade the skills of thousands of Californians in order to truly reap the economic benefits of these investments.

What do state officials need to know and to do to prepare for a strong, inclusive green economy? We welcome you to join us for an upcoming briefing with expert speakers focusing on the job creation potential of the green economy and model workforce education and training programs.

Agenda:

What is the Job Creation Potential of the Green Economy?

Dan Kammen

Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Professor Kammen will highlight new, empirical green jobs numbers and discuss sectors that have real opportunity for growth in the short term, especially with expected federal stimulus investment.

Carol Zabin

Senior Labor Policy Specialist, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Dr. Zabin will present her recent research about the impact of AB 32 on jobs, especially the need to upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.

Model Programs to Educate & Train the Green Workforce

A panel of expert speakers from California’s community colleges, workforce boards, and the Apollo Alliance will share information about successful model “green worker” training and education programs from around the state and nation that will need to be taken to scale to enable the development of the new green economy.