October 15-17, 2008
Chapel Hill, NC
The NIEHS WETP 2008 Fall Conference: Implications for Safety and Health Training in a Green Economy took place October 15-17, 2008 in Chapel Hill, NC. The conference brought together over 100 NIEHS and WETP awardee representatives and interested parties to explore issues in the green economy, including green jobs and industries, green remediation, green chemistry and the safety and health training that will be needed in each area. On October 15 the Awardee Meeting took place. On October 16 and 17 technical workshops were held. Below are the conference agendas, attendees list, and links to each day's presentations and breakout group reports.
Workshop Documents and Links
- RICOSH Memo: Green During Construction (101KB)
- Across the Pond Report
- Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy
- Growing Green Collar Jobs
- Green Remediation Seminar 2008
- Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
- Center for American Progress (CAP) New York City Green-Collar Jobs Roadmap Report
- Workforce Information Council: Measurement and Analysis of Employment in the Green Economy
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS
|12:45-1:45 p.m.|| NIEHS Update (421KB)
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS WETP; Sharon Beard, NIEHS WETP; Ted Outwater, NIEHS WETP; Jim Remington, NIEHS WETP; Carolyn Mason, NIEHS DERT
|1:45-2:15 p.m.|| Clearinghouse Update (19KB)
Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
Program Official Meeting: Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWT)/Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDTP)/Department of Energy (DOE) Issues
Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) Issues (187KB)
Workshop: Protecting Workers from Hazardous Chemical Exposures through Training
Thursday, October 16, 2008
|9:00-9:10 a.m.||Welcome and Overview
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Director, Worker Education and Training Program, NIEHS
Sam Wilson, Acting Director, NIEHS
|9:10-9:40 a.m.||Key Note
Dave Foster, Executive Director, Blue-Green Alliance (retired USW District 11, Director)
Plenary 1: Key Policy Drivers for Green Initiatives
This panel discussed some of the key policy drivers for the emerging green economy, including which policy drivers have funds attached to them, policy drivers besides legislation to pay attention to, and how these drivers may impact safety and health training.
Moderator: Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS
Plenary 2: Green Chemistry
This panel addressed such questions as "What is green chemistry? What are the exposure effects of green technologies? What is the connection between green chemistry and hazardous materials training?"
Moderator: Paul Renner, Labor Institute
Plenary 3: Environmental Justice and Good/Green Jobs for All
Examples of transformations being made by traditional environmental justice organizations as they embrace green jobs programs were shared, as well as opportunities for collaboration and funding from foundations and other organizations. The changes being made by community colleges in preparing for the green jobs revolution were also discussed.
Moderator: Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS
|2:50-4:20 p.m.||Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Friday, October 17, 2008
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, NIEHS
|9:10-9:40 a.m.|| Keynote (978KB)
Raquel Pinderhughes, Author Green Collar Jobs: An Analysis of the Capacity of Green Businesses to Provide High Quality Jobs for Men and Women with Barriers to Employment, A Case Study of Berkeley California
Plenary 4: Green Remediation and Construction
This panel answered questions such as "What is green remediation and will new remedies require new skills from workers? Will new remedies bring new hazards for workers?" It also considered issues around green construction and retrofitting.
Moderator: Tim Fields, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
|11:15-12:00 p.m..||Summary Panel: Insights and Future Directions
Moderator: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse