Media Room

The Green Jobs BC Coalition comprises labour and environmental leaders who are experts in their fields.

Members of the coalition can speak to a range of issues related to green jobs and the green economy including:

  • Green buildings and retrofits
  • Green industries
  • Just transition to ensure quality jobs as the economy shifts
  • Growth in the renewable energy sector
  • Public transit and clean transportation
  • Trends and potential for green job growth in BC

If you would like to speak to an expert contact us at media@greenjobsbc.org or call 604-695-2039.

 


Media Release

For immediate release

October 17, 2016

Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow – BC’s Green Jobs Conference – Promotes Transition to Low Carbon Economy

(Vancouver) Green Jobs BC is pleased to announce the Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Conference will be held on November 24th and 25th at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Now is the time to unite around a shared vision for green jobs in the new economy. Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow aims to do just that -- convene a diverse range of individuals and organizations, facilitate cross-sector connecting and learning, and unite around a shared plan for good, green jobs in BC.

“It’s been almost a year since the Paris Agreement and we need to unite around a climate and jobs plan for a low carbon economy in BC,” commented Lisa Matthaus, Co-chair of Green Jobs BC. “Other jurisdictions, like California and Ontario, are proving that ambitious climate goals can actually create thousands of good, well-paid jobs.”

Conference participants will learn about policy that’s working in other jurisdictions; global leadership initiatives and progress towards climate goals; and grassroots leadership stories from BC and Canada.

The conference program includes speakers from the UK, California and a keynote from Canada’s own science journalist Bob McDonald who is calling for a green, industrial revolution.

“It’s not just about creating new jobs,” remarked Darryl Walker, Co-chair of Green Jobs BC. “With the right policies, many existing jobs can become ‘greener’ and contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”    

This is the third conference hosted by Green Jobs BC. The last conference, in 2012, resulted in recommendations for action in four key areas: transportation, building retrofits, energy, and forestry. These policy recommendations are in the plan, Moving Towards a Bold Green Jobs Plan for BC, and available on our website. This year, conference organizers will report on how well BC is doing towards implementing those policies.     

This year, in partnership with The Tyee, Green Jobs BC presents a special media workshop on the morning of November 24th for journalists, journalism students and other communications specialists on new ways to frame the public discussion about climate and the economy.

When

November 24 | 9:00am - 12:30pm | Special Media Master Class on Climate and the Economy

November 24 | 1:00pm - 7:30pm | Plenary Panels | Workshops | Reception | Trade Exhibit | Keynote Speaker

November 25 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Leadership Panel | Trade Exhibition | Special Lunch Presentation | Close  

Where

Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

About us

Green Jobs BC is an alliance of labour and environmental groups with a shared vision of an inclusive, sustainable economy that provides good jobs, is socially just, protects the environment and reduces carbon emissions. We advance policy initiatives that result in greater investment in and public support for green and community sustaining jobs.

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For more information or interviews contact Helesia Luke | hluke@greenjobsbc.org | 604-695-2039

Visit www.greenjobsbc.org for registration link and more program details.