Impressive Speaker Line-Up for Green Careers DC Event! Terrific networking + education if you are interested in green jobs and the green economy!

Impressive Speaker Line-Up for Green Careers DC Event! Terrific networking + education if you are interested in green jobs and the green economy!

Janine Finnell By Janine Finnell

6th Annual Green Jobs Forum (Aka Jobs, Careers & Entrepreneurship for a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy)

Thursday, August 22, 2019; 4:30 – 9:00 pm at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Plus Green Career & Networking Workshops from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Have you been hearing about New Green Deal as a visionary approach to build a clean economy and create jobs?  While this important legislation continues to evolve, you can get started right now to …learn about what is already happening on the ground – right here in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – from a diverse group of experts on growing a clean economy and jobs!


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Register today to secure your seat for this exclusive look at innovative approaches to growing a green economy in the DMV region (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia).

Is this for you? This event is for people interested in green jobs and careers, for those who want to use their careers to “be the difference,” and those who want to transform their existing work to become more green-centric! Also, meet like-minded others who want to help shape a greener economy and world!

This special event will benefit job hunters, people already working in cleantech/greentech and green-oriented endeavors, and new-to-green learners/aspirers, as well.

Opportunities for Good! Our most pressing environmental problems and growing energy needs provide opportunities for new jobs that work to do good — for the environment, the economy, and society at large!.

Join Leaders in Energy at the Green Jobs Forum and learn about exciting new developments, hone crucial skills, meet like-minded peers, and join with our network of passionate and dedicated Leaders.

Here are some details about the forum:

You’ll learn how…

●       The Maryland Clean Jobs Act, will create 20,000 solar jobs and thousands of in-state offshore wind power jobs);

●       Charlotte, NC became the first city in the United States to have a circular economy plan to reduce waste, as well as generate more jobs. (The circular economy is a holistic way of developing an economy along the lines of nature by ‘closing the loop’ to ensure nothing is wasted.)

●       Companies and government agencies in Northern Virginia are hiring in the green jobs sector;

●       DC  is generating green jobs through its Green Fellows and Solar Works DCprograms;

●       MWCOG has developed the “Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region” strategy to coordinate federal and community efforts.


●       Get tips and advice from folks who’ve recently landed and even created green jobs at IFC, the World Bank, VEIC, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

●       Hear from entrepreneurs who created innovative start-ups to reduce food and plastic waste (Last Call and The Plastic Tree).

●  Meet exhibitors who are hiring, providing training in green/clean tech plus offering educational credentials, and career assistance— including the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, the largest green employer in the DC area, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and others.

You can also:

●       Attend Green Career and Networking workshops to build your green career and ease you into successful networking.

Where is it? This event will be offered on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019, by Leaders in Energy. It’s all happening at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 (near Union Station on the Red line).


Here’s a full outline of the Green Jobs Forum and presenters!

Welcoming Remarks: Steve Walz, Director of Environmental Programs for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Steve leads COG’s water, air quality, waste management, energy and climate teams serving localities across metropolitan Washington.

Panel 1: Economic development and employment specialists from around the Washington DC Region will discuss green jobs and workforce initiatives around the region including the recently enacted Maryland Clean Jobs Act (which among other benefits will create 20,000 solar jobs and thousands of offshore wind-power jobs).

●      Samuel Beirne, Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration

●      Alex Cooley, Manager, Labor Information Services, Northern Virginia Community College

●      Tommy Wells, Director, District of Columbia, Department of Energy and Environment

●      Emily Yates, Founder + Principle of Urban Revolution Group (Charlotte, NC)

Moderator: Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy,

Panel 2: Tips and advice from Leaders in Energy members who have landed or created green jobs

●      Rodger Correa, US Communications Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare

●      Barbara Englehart, Senior Finance and Accounting Professional, ICF

●      David Gelman, Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic, VEIC

●      Charles Girard, Energy Advisor, World Bank

●      Erin McGeoy, Co-Founder and CEO of Last Call, an on-line platform that connects users with discounted unsold food from restaurants

Moderator: Spencer Schecht, Member Experience Manager, the Smart Electric Power Alliance

Exhibitors will include companies, educators, and career assistance organizations such as Advanced Biofuels USA, BCS., CleanChoice Energy, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), The Plastic Tree, and the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter and University of Maryland Student Chapter (with 16 energy and sustainability certifications), plus Career Confidence. Thanks also to Wegmans and WethePizza for their support.

Networking sessions will happen before and after sessions to facilitate meeting other green-minded people!


Discounted tickets are available for early-bird signup (ends August 16h) and student pricing. Forum admission includes event program plus pizza, and beverages.

Additional Opportunities:

Separate registration is available for the Green Career Workshops and Networking Workshop during the day!

Green Career and Networking Workshops*:

8:30 am – 4:30 pm as listed below:

●      Green Career Workshop: What is Your Green Career Plan? (8:30 – 11:30 am)

●      Fear is Your Copilot: Networking in Washington DC (12:15- 1:15 pm)

●      Green Career Workshop 2.0: What is the Best Fit for Your Career Path? (1:30-4:30 pm)

 *Learn more about the workshops here. Sign up here.

Come to the Annual Green Jobs Forum on August 22nd!

Hear about the cutting edge in new jobs, green innovations and evolving opportunities and new green paths to protect the earth! Plus \ meet and mingle with like-minded/green-minded others.

Develop crucial skills for today’s environmental leaders by attending our daytime workshops! From networking skills to creating and honing your personal Green Career Plan. The Green Career and Networking Workshops are a boon!

Location for Forum and Workshops:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments,

Kirby Training Room, 777 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002

For more information, please contact

Learn more about Leaders in Energy’s mission and how to join our community at


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Thanks to Leaders in Energy members — Miriam Aczel, Carole Douglis, and Carol McCaffrey — for their contributions to this article.

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