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Black Voice News Hosts Green Economy Symposium

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By Kristian Vasquez, BVN Student Intern –

The Black Voice 2011 Green Economy Symposium was held last week at the Grier Pavilion to introduce and encourage green power initiatives, jobs, recycling, and energy conservation in the community.

The purpose of the event was to address concerns of green economic development and spread awareness about services and programs that promote environmentally friendly efforts. Moderating the event was Public Affairs Manager for The Gas Company, Lea Petersen.

Petersen is also the Chairwoman of the Inland Empire Inter Utility Coordinating Council; an organization created in order to keep utility costs down.

The panelists who took part in the discussion included Vice Chair of the Green Jobs Council Jamil Dada of the California Workforce Investment Board, Account Executive Mike Bolin of the Southern California Gas Company, and Account Manager Ryan Gleason of Riverside Public Utilities.

The panel addressed questions presented by both Petersen and guests concerning new future jobs and green economy programs.“The most effective green projects that we’ve implemented” Gleason candidly stated, “have been the one’s that we try and keep as simple as possible.”

Also addressed during the discussion was California’s AB32 plan which is a bill that makes the Air Resources Board responsible for monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a cap for the emissions by 2020.

The Symposium was sponsored by The Southern California Gas Company, Riverside Public Utilities, Southern California Edison and March Life Care. Also in attendance was Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge who gave brief remarks on the current status as well as the advances that California has made towards green living.

“We’re rethinking how California can be a more sustainable place… If there is a lead place in the world in terms of the green economy” Loveridge said, “it is the state of California.”

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