Tuesday, April 14, 2009

City of Atlanta to host 'green jobs' symposium

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:46 PM

One of President Barack Obama's campaign promises was to promote a "green economy" — essentially, helping create jobs in such professions as energy-efficiency and clean energy. Not only could these jobs put people to work, but they'd also help the environment. (This week's cover story will touch more on the topic and what we're seeing in Georgia, a state that's traditionally been all-coal, all-the-time. Many men and women are making strides and trying to capitalize on the momentum. But as you probably know, there are challenges.)

On Thursday, April 16, the City of Atlanta, Morehouse College and several national and local community organizations will host a town hall to discuss Atlanta's potential for green jobs and sustainability.

The event will feature a diverse representation of community leaders in a panel discussion designed to educate the community about impending environmental issues and inform the audience about existing and developing career opportunities within Atlanta’s green economy. Panelists include City of Atlanta’s Director of Sustainability, Mandy Schmitt; Julian McQueen of Green for All; and Nia Robinson of Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiatives.

“The purpose of this event is to get individuals interested in the environmental industry and demonstrate to the rest of the country that Atlanta is a proactive environmental leader in helping to support the nationwide development of environmental jobs,” said Mandy Schmitt, Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta.

Mayor Shirley Franklin and the U.S. Congressman John Lewis have been invited to participate. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse campus. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more information visit the event site.

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