Ramsey County Green Jobs Green Futures Virtual Summit: free online event, Nov 19

Ramsey County Green Jobs Green Futures Virtual Summit

While this virtual summit is focused on opportunities in the St Paul area (Minnesota), this free event focused on green jobs may provide learning opportunities regardless of location. Here’s the description of the Ramsey County Green Jobs Green Futures Virtual Summit on November 19:

Join us for this virtual summit to build a shared understanding of the green jobs ecosystem in our region and spread the word about how to access career pathways and opportunities in St. Paul to build our vibrant, sustainable future.

This event is presented in partnership by Ramsey County, the Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board, the City of St. Paul and the St. Paul Area Chamber, with the goal to provide workforce and career professionals with insights and information about green career opportunities in St. Paul. Speakers will share their own stories, current trends, workforce needs and opportunities and pathways for job seekers to explore.

Working Agenda:

9 AM: Welcome – Ling Becker, Director of Workforce Solutions for Ramsey County

9:10 AM: Opening Remarks – Jim McDonough, Commissioner, Ramsey County District 6

9:15 AM : Update from the City of St. Paul – Russ Stark, Chief Resilience Officer, City of St. Paul

9:20 AM: What are Green Jobs and Why Are They Important? Robert Blake, Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board Member and Owner of Solar Bear

9:30 AM: Case Study – Examples of Green Jobs: Vomela – Lou Raiola of Vomela and Eric Pasi of IPS Solar

9:40 AM: Panel – New Green Projects and the Demand for Green Workers

Nick Martin, Policy and Outreach Manager, Xcel Energy

Eric Pasi, Co-owner and Chief Development Officer, IPS Solar

Sarah Whebbe, Solar Power Consultant, All Energy Solar

10:10: Virtual Coffee Break and Networking

10:20 AM: Panel – Pathways to Green Jobs

Rick Martagon (Moderator), State Program Administrator, Apprenticeship MN at the MN Department of Labor & Industry

Tom Aasheim, Director of Technical Education and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Finishing Trades Institute Upper Midwest

Dave Dressler, Training Director, Minnesota Statewide Limited Energy JATC

Brian Farmer, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Local 633 Cement Mason-Plasterers & Shophands

Nate Runke, Regulatory and Political Affairs Coordinator, International Union of Operating Engineers, (Local 49)

10:50 AM: Closing – Ling Becker, Director of Workforce Solutions for Ramsey County

11:00 AM: Optional Q&A: Stay with us to ask your questions about Career Pathways and Opportunities

This event is free and will be accessible through Zoom. We will send registrants the link to join as the event approaches. We will also be sharing resources and links, such as to the Ramsey County Green Construction Careers and Trends report. We look forward to the conversation and making new connections!

To make the most of this and similar online events, be sure to read our article, How to leverage online industry events for your transition to a green job.


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