ARLINGTON - UT Arlington’s Small Business
Development Center for Enterprise Excellence and Office of Sustainability are
staging a Jan. 6 Green Jobs Summit featuring experts and panel discussions on
the front lines of the sustainability movement.
The event is scheduled from 8
a.m. to noon at the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium, 500 W.
Nedderman Drive. Other sponsors include Green Collar Vets, the Texas
Manufacturing Assistance Center and Cross Timbers Procurement Center.
Green Collar Vets is an
organization focused on providing U.S. military veterans skills and education needed
to access emerging green industries. TMAC and the procurement center are housed
at UT Arlington’s Automation and Robotics Research Institute in east Fort
Tom Pryor, SBDC director, said
organizers created the summit to help people create their own “green” jobs in a
difficult employment market. Unemployment rates in North Texas have topped 8 percent.
Nationally, the figure is closer to 9.5 percent.
“In this economic world, you
better be cheap or different. Green is different,” Pryor said.
The summit’s keynote speaker
will be Glenn Croston, author of “75
Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference.”
Croston’s work lays out current green business opportunities, the business case
for sustainability and how people can build a successful and profitable green
Pryor said, for example, that
many companies would consider contracting with a janitorial service that
markets itself as “green” and uses cleaning aids that are better for the
Meghna Tare, UT Arlington’s
sustainability director, is scheduled to appear as a panelist at the summit.
She said she plans to share two types of information: the University’s green
initiatives and academic programs that can help students pursue careers in
“I’ve been very interested in
how the SBDC was working with veterans to get them back into the economy, and
an economy that has a bright future,” Tare said.
Among the green construction
initiatives at UT Arlington are the new Engineering Research Building, which
features a “green roofs” made up of planting material and water reclamation
systems; the 6,500-seat College Park Center; and the College Park residential
and retail center, which will include rooftop solar panels to aid in energy
efficiency. The events center and the mixed-use development are part of the
College Park District, a 20-acre area on the east side of campus.
UT Arlington launches a master’s
degree in interdisciplinary studies in January 2011 and already offers a minor
in sustainability. The University also offers other certification programs in
green-related disciplines designed to make students and professionals more marketable.
More information about the Green
Jobs Summit is available at www.NTGreenJobs.com.
Registration fees are $30, $15 for veterans. Exhibitor fees are $100. Call
817-272-5930 for information.
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