|Women in Green Jobs|
GREEN TECH ACADEMY participated in these amazing events highlighting women in sustainability and green jobs...
Women’s Interactive Workshop: Women’s Perspectives on Climate, Energy, and the Environment - Jerusalem, Israel
The Trust–Emun organization presented a “Women’s Interactive Workshop: Women’s Perspectives on Climate, Energy, and the Environment” on March 19, 2012 as part of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development’s “Climate & Energy Conference” which took place at the Adenauer Center in Jerusalem.
During the workshop, each participant briefly shared her (or his) own personal concerns about the environment. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women religious teachers brought inspiration from their religions. Heidi Livingston Eisips, Executive Director of Green Tech Academy, shared some emerging–and even surprising–sustainability concepts and how women can make a difference.
The workshops intention was to create an Action Plan with practical guidance for women to take on the issues which were raised and discussed during the workshop.
Santa Clara County's Women & Girls Summit 2010:
Thriving in the New Economy
What was the Purpose of the Women and Girls 2010 Summit?
The Santa Clara County office of Women's Policy brought together policy makers, business and community leaders and advocates who recognize that
Report from Heidi Eisips, GTA Exec Director and Panelist at the Women & Girls Summit:
The Office of Women's Policy (OWP) of Santa Clara County reached and far exceeded the many goals they set for themselves for this amazing conference. I hope that a similar Santa Clara County gathering will become an annual event. The OWP staff set out (and succeeded) to secure a commitment from participants to pursue concrete follow-up activities in four primary areas that affect women’s ability to compete and thrive in today’s economy:
Keynote speaker Joan Blades, of MomsRising.org gave a rousing "call to action," reminding us that men and women alike benefit when the workplace is more equitable and hospitable to women. Data supports that children and the economy at large also benefit, making it, well, an absolute no-brainer. Yet many traditionalists drag their feet at making necessary workforce innovations to restore balance and sanity to our work rhythms and accepted practices. Ms. Blades calls for action in seven areas, which she conveniently set to the acronym "M.O.T.H.E.R.S." (see image at left) If we were able to provide these rights to all working parents, male or female, I believe we'd see amazing results. Bottom line: it's just good business. If programs are strategically designed and well implemented, productivity skyrockets, as does employee retention and engagement!
The day was similarly chock-full of amazing speakers. Another speaker who stood out to me is Dr. Lynn Shaw, PhD. She has a great message, a to the point delivery style and is funny to boot. Dr. Shaw is an electrical technology professor at Long Beach City College, along with being a die-hard advocate for women in the trades, what many are calling "non-traditional roles." Here are her top fifteen things to do in the workplace to increase the number of women:
Dr. Lynn Shaw's Top Fifteen Ways to Successfully Recruit & Retain Women
WOMEN IN GREEN JOBS RESOURCES
Santa Clara County Office Of Women's Policy http://owp.sccgov.org
Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, Green Jobs Report http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/Greenhome.htm
Mom's Rising http://www.momsrising.org
WAGES cooperative http://wagescooperatives.org/
Women's Environmental Network of the SF Bay Area http://www.wencal.org/