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September 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- “San Diego CleanTech Beach: Riding The Green Jobs and Economy Wave” is an event to designed to help people countywide launch or expand clean technology careers, start-ups and community initiatives by providing briefings from leaders in the green economy sector.


The Thursday, September 15 event from 5:30-8 p.m. is hosted by The Connell Whittaker Group LLC  at San Diego Environmental Services, 9601 Ridgehaven Court , First Floor Auditorium, San Diego, CA 92123. Parking is free.


In the wake of new studies and confusing media reports about the status of the Green economy, many career changers, entrepreneurs, and others are in need of reliable information and networking to help reach their business goals. CleanTech Beach speakers are leaders in the sector and will offer reality-based briefings on the 2011 status of the local and state green economy.


Speakers and topics include:


• 6:00-6:20 pm Jacques Chirazi, Office of the Mayor of San Diego, Cleantech Program Manager: "The CleanTECH San Diego Success Story and Jobs Outlook”

• 6:20-6:40 pm Bill Powers, P.E. Powers Engineering, and Author, San Diego Smart Energy 2020 Distributed Generation Plan: "Insights Into The California Plan for Green Job Growth, and Briefing on Distributed Energy”

• 6:40-7:00 pm Arun Kumar, MSEE, MBA, LEEP AP, and President, Global Renewable Energy & Power Inc.: "Greening the Globe From The Web: Global Green Job Training and Job Creation From San Diego to India and Beyond"

• 7:00-7:30 pm Emily Young, PhD, Senior Director, Environment Analysis & Strategy, San Diego Foundation: "Findings from the San Diego Foundation Regional Clean Jobs Study, and Building Our Vision for the Future of the Region."


“Recently, the Brookings Institution released a report on the status of our national green economy, which found that 2.7 million Americans work at green jobs," event organizer Kathleen Connell of the Connell Whittaker Group stated. "In San Diego, over 810 Cleantech companies have taken root, local entrepreneurs are creating jobs and consumer-focused businesses, and more and more organizations of all types are implementing sustainability and energy efficiency practices, which can also create jobs."



She added, "Certainly, more needs to be done, but the US Conference of Mayors estimates that the number of green jobs will almost triple by 2040. So, the landscape is shifting, and people need quality up-to-date information and connections to break into the sector. Our event is designed to orient folks about the status of local Green jobs and businesses, and point them to where the action is happening. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask what can be done to create more jobs and to find out about planning and growth that are already underway in California and San Diego.”

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