WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers will be a leading sponsor of and participant in the 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference in Washington, D.C., this week, emphasizing the need for schools to prepare students for a green economy, and for school employees to use eco-friendly maintenance techniques. Along with the AFT, members of other unions, community business leaders, environmentalists, and elected and administration officials will attend the conference at the Washington Hilton May 4-6.
The AFT will conduct two workshops on preparing students and adults for good jobs in the green economy. One will focus on technical and vocational skills-based educational programs in K-12 schools and community colleges. The other will focus on developing skilled maintenance and custodial staff for green schools and publicly owned buildings, and exploring new approaches to and techniques for green cleaning.
The work of AFT members who are preparing youth and adults for jobs in the green economy will be highlighted at an exhibit titled “Building Futures Together.” Featured members are:
- Anne Cohen and Simon Hauger of the West Philadelphia High School’s Automotive Academy, which is currently designing two affordable cars that get more than 100 miles per gallon.
- David Tillman, a teacher of automotive mechanics at Henry Ford Community College in Michigan, which offers cutting-edge courses to prepare students for emerging careers such as green building certification, biotechnology and alternative energy.
- George Stone, co-chair of the sustainability core committee and provost of Milwaukee Area Technical College, a regional leader in green and sustainable programs. He will be joined by David Stinnet, who teaches wind turbine energy.
The AFT is a member of the Blue Green Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. For information on the Blue Green Alliance, visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.
For more information on the 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, visit www.greenjobsconference.org.