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Equitable Pathways to Clean Energy Careers

June 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us at the next People & Planet conversation series event:

Both in response to climate change and challenges to fuel supply chains, the energy system is undergoing a radical transformation from fossil fuel to clean energy technologies. That makes now a critical time to ask: How can we, starting in our own communities, leverage the opportunities created by this transition to effectively build a just and equitable clean energy future? 

A key component of this work is ensuring equitable access to emerging careers in renewable energy. Much focus already has been paid to the value of building programs supporting green energy education and job training in the Twin Cities. However, realizing strategies that authentically connect with communities about these programs remains a growth opportunity. 

Join Jamez Staples, President & CEO, Renewable Energy Partners; Julia Nerbonne, Executive Director, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light; Joel Haskard, Co-Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP); and moderator Akisha Everett, Project and Engagement Coordinator, IonE Energy Transitions, who will discuss how training our communities for clean energy job opportunities has multiple long term benefits and how different communication strategies can improve awareness of them.

The conversation will tackle questions such as:

  • How can we build an equitable clean energy workforce in Minnesota?
  • How does a clean energy workforce support a resilient energy system?
  • How can organizations successfully connect with underrepresented communities about these opportunities?
  • And more – add your questions during registration!

Registration is required through Eventbrite for access to the Zoom link. If you have any questions, please contact ioneevents@umn.edu

People & Planet is a conversation series hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, digging into the many intersections of our changing global climate and the human and natural systems that also shape our world.