Hundreds Attended Conference Focused on Repairing America’s Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Address Climate Change
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Labor, environmental, business, non-profit and civic leaders gathered this week in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The Conference focused on finding solutions to repair America’s infrastructure systems—energy, communications, transportation, water, and buildings, such as schools—to create family-sustaining jobs, address climate change, and keep communities safe and healthy.
Leaders from around the country held and attended dozens of workshops, took part in plenary sessions featuring dynamic speakers, and networked and shared their own experiences creating a stronger, cleaner American economy over two days.
“We’re proud to once again put together the largest discussion in the country on how we can repair America’s infrastructure to create family-sustaining jobs, while ensuring our communities are safe and healthy and America lives up to its obligation to address climate change,” said David Foster, the President of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation. “Now, the leaders who joined us at this Conference will be heading to their hometowns to begin the hard work of moving America forward to a cleaner, more prosperous economy.”
At the Conference, the BlueGreen Alliance awarded its Green Jobs Champion Award to Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Congressman George Miller (CA) in recognition of their efforts to advocate for working families, promote clean energy, and protect the environment.
Previous winners include, Dr. Steven Chu, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Edward Markey (MA) Debbie Stabenow (MI); and U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Henry Waxman (CA).
“Senator Merkley and Congressman Miller are both exemplary leaders in moving America forward to a cleaner, fairer, more efficient economy and creating good jobs for American workers,” said Foster. “We’re proud to honor them both with the Green Jobs Champion Award.”