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Green Economy Symposium Explores Sustainable Development

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Black Voice News Staff Report

Green jobs, recycling and disposal, electronic waste and disposal and environmental health were the topics of a lively discussion at the Green Economy and Sustainability Symposium and Mini Job Fair sponsored by the Black Voice News.

The Riverside event held Saturday in conjunction with the newspaper’s 40th anniversary celebration at Grier Pavilion explored the role of social and environmental enterprises in shaping the Green Economy. The morning symposium brought together representatives from state and local governments, public utilities, financial and research institutions, start-up entrepreneurs, job staffing firms and the private sector.

The event explored accelerating the transition to green economies, job trends and resources available to individuals and local economies.

Lea Petersen, public affairs manager of The Southern California Gas Company, moderated a panel discussion on green power initiatives.

"Our goal is to assist people in doing their part to help the environment by being energy efficient, using low-flow water showerheads, weather-proofing your home and taking advantage of the many rebates we offer to help in your next step in your green routine.”

Matt Beaumont, Customer Communications at the SoCalGas Solar Water Heater and Customer Assistance exhibit provided information on the Ca. Solar Initiative - Thermal Program and Energy Efficiency.

A solar water heating system captures the warmth of the sun, transfers that heat to water, and works with your conventional water heater to help use less energy, said Beaumont. The utility’s Solar Thermal Program also offers cash rebates to SoCalGas customers who purchase qualifying solar water heating systems. For more information, go online to SoCalGas.com or call 877-238-0092 Beaumont says assistance is available to help people, who are income qualified to lower their natural gas bills by 20%.

Other panelists included Jamil Dada, Association of the Workforce Development Board, and Ryan Gleason, account manager of Riverside Public Utilities.

Workforce Development, EDD, Robert Half & Associates and Apple One were on hand to discuss job and small business contract opportunities with potential applicants. The Southern California Gas Company and Riverside Public Utilities sponsored the symposium.

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