Green economy conference planned for Sept. 10-11

Organized by union and environmental groups from across British Columbia.

Vancouver (20 Aug. 2010) - The British Columbia environmental and labour movements will host a conference Sept. 10-11 in Vancouver on building a green economy.

Entitled Jobs, Justice, Climate, the conference will be confined primarily to invited guests but a general admission of those interested will take place when the keynote address is presented.

Jobs, Justice Climate - download poster for conference Sept. 10-11, 2010, in Vancouver

The keynote speaker will be David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a U.S.-based national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.

Further details will be announced in the coming days.

NUPGE is a member of the national coalition, the Green Economy Network (GEN), an organization dedicated to the following goals:

"As civil society organizations, we are committed to make every effort to inspire Canadians to join in building an economy aimed at providing good green jobs for all, so that current and future generations can meet their needs while living in harmony with each other and the ecosystems that support human life and prosperity."

The following organizations are involved in the conference:

  • The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
  • The B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFED).
  • The David Suzuki Foundation.
  • The Pembina Institute.
  • The Sierra Club of B.C. Foundation
  • The BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF).
  • The British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council.
  • The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
  • The Cascadia Green Building Council.
  • The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW).
  • The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
  • The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
  • The Columbia Institute.
  • The Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378.
  • The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
  • Ecojustice.
  • The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C. (FPSE).
  • The Hospital Employees Union (HEU).
  • The Health Sciences Association BC (HSABC/NUPGE).
  • The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 891.
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 230.
  • The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union, Local 118.
  • The T. Buck Suzuki Foundation.
  • The Union of Environment Workers - (UEW)
  • The United Steelworkers of Canada (USW).
  • The Western Canada Wilderness Committee.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

More information:

Download conference poster - pdf

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