According to the Renewable Energy Policy Project, more than 20,000 new manufacturing jobs can be created in Ohio in the coming years with investment in and from the “green” economy. Four town hall meetings – on June 23 in Cincinnati, June 24 in Findlay, June 25 in Canton and June 26 in Cleveland – will offer community members a chance to learn more about opportunities for high-paying domestic jobs in renewable energy, clean technology and “green” manufacturing, while also discussing environmental and economic risks associated with accelerated climate change.

In conjunction with Vice President Al Gore’s We Campaign, the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club (as part of their Blue Green Alliance) are hosting the town halls. Participants will share facts on global climate change, energy independence and green job opportunities locally, as well as offer ways community members can get more involved.

Thirteen town hall meetings are being held in cities across the country this month. If you are in the vicinity, stop by, learn more and contribute to the discussion. Details on each Green Jobs for America — We Can Solve It Town Hall Meetings…

Monday, June 23, 2008, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Laborer’s Hall
3457 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45207
Speakers will include:
USW District Director Dave McCall
Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper
Larry Feist, Cincinnati State
Matt Ryan, SEIU
Representative from the Climate Project

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 7:00pm-8:30pm
USW Local 207L Union Hall
1130 Summit St.
Findlay, OH 45840
Speakers will include:
Dave Caldwell, USW
Kimberly Gibson, Ohio Energy Dept.
Findlay Mayor Pete Seinert
Donnie Blatt, USW (moderator)
Representative from the Climate Project

Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Golden Lodge
1234 Harrison Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44708
Speakers will include:
Ken Riley, The Climate Project
Dennis Brommer, USW
George Calko, Blue Green Alliance
Randy Feemster, Timken Company
Bryan Bell, AFL-CIO (moderator)

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sachsenheim Hall
7001 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Speakers will include:
Eric Schreiber, The Climate Project
Dave Caldwell, USW
Pam Rosado, Policy Matters Ohio
Marnie Urso, Audubon Ohio
Teresa McHugh, Sierra Club
Donnie Blatt, USW (moderator)

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