Green Market Exposition Offers Window Into Local Green Collar Economy

gme_postcard2-finalBRIDGEPORT, CT Bridgeport’s emerging green collar economy will be the topic of discussion during the Green Market Exposition taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., Bridgeport.

The Green Market Exposition will look at local sustainability and feature speakers and resources on green jobs, green job training, local green businesses, eco-friendly products, and provide information about sustainable living. Look for the Fairfield Green Food Guide in the exhibition area.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will kick off the event at 10 a.m. A presentation by Susan Giordano of Alternative Global Energy, will follow. Alternative Global Energy is an environmental management-consulting firm based in Shelton CT. The company’s motto plans to be “Saving the Planet One Solar Project at a Time.”

“The Green Market Exposition is a community event meant to bring green collar job resources and sustainable urban living information to Fairfield County residents,” said Adrienne Farrar Houël, President and Chief Executive Officer of GBCE/The Green Team. Houël’s company is one of the exhibitors that will provide green job training opportunities and information on how to become part of the green collar economy. She is also one of the expert panelists who will contribute to the Local Green Jobs/Green Jobs Training panel discussion.

Another exhibitor, bluegreen Research Institute, released the Bridgeport Region Green Jobs Study this past summer, which recommended focusing on occupations known to be associated with Green industries, rather than training for jobs in one Green industry, giving participants in training programs a better chance of finding work in the major Green industries and established sectors.

Also taking place at the Green Market Exposition: panel discussions on the Green Automobile Future for Bridgeport; Greening the Industrial and Business Base; a presentation by Carolyn Humphreys of Sunlight Solar and an Eco Fashion panel discussion.

Other guest panelists include Robert Araujo of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Michael J. McCarthy of bluegreen Research Institute, a project of The WorkPlace, Inc., Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board; Peter Curtis, Adjunct Professor at Gateway Community College; Erin Buckley of The Center for Green Building; Jean Williams of 5MillionGreenJobs.Org; Paul Timpanelli of Bridgeport Regional Business Council; William Leahy of Institute for Sustainable Energy; Seth Leitman of McGraw-Hill Green Guru Guides; Jim Motavalli of New York Times; and Remy Chevalier of Electrifying Times: The latest electric car news online.

The Green Market Exposition will also feature more than 25 exhibitors including MowGreen.us, Milford Pedicab, CT Environmental Headlines, Ocean Grown, Organic Ornamentals, Smart Car, Origins Make-up, Fairfield Green Food Guide, Housatonic Community College and Gateway Community College.

Activities will include a Frisbee demonstration; the announcement of Habitat for Humanity’s Green Build project for Bridgeport; the introduction of Fairfield County’s Green Jobs Resource Guide; Recognition of Bridgeport Area Green Coast Award winners; Smart Car raffle. The first 100 attendees will receive a re-useable souvenir bag with samples, information and resource guide. Free admission given to all, with full access to the Barnum Museum, its exhibits, and all GME exhibitors and panel discussions.

With its rich history and beautiful gallery, the Barnum Museum is the perfect backdrop for the Exposition. “Contrary to common knowledge” says Kathy Maher, Executive Director and Curator of the Museum, “P.T. Barnum dedicated much of his life to improving the quality of life for all citizens.  Conscientious urban development, philanthropic gifts to arts and culture, and establishing many, many community parks, Barnum would most certainly be a forerunner of a healthy, green community.  It is a privilege for The Barnum Museum to carry on his socially conscious legacy.”

The Green Market Exposition is presented in partnership with Alternative Global Energy, Greenburbs and Conscious Decisions, and will look at local sustainability and feature speakers and resources on green jobs, green job training, local green businesses, eco-friendly products, and provide information about sustainable living.

Schedule of Events

10:00-10:30

GME Opening Remarks:

Mayor Finch

10:45-11:15

Susan Giordano

Alternative Global Energy, Inc.

11:30-12:15

Bridgeport’s Green Automobile Future

Remy Chevalier, Electrifying Times magazine

George Dragone , Dragone Classic Motorcars of Bridgeport

Seth Leitman, McGraw-Hill Green Guru Guides

Jim Motavalli, New York Times

Donald Sadoway, MIT

Kevin Townley

12:30-1:15

Greening the Industrial & Business Base

Robert Araujo, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Frank Kuchinski, Poulsen Hybrid

Lloyd Fremed, Xerox

Paul Timpanelli, BRBC

1:30-2:15

Local Green Jobs/Green Jobs Training

Erin Buckley, The Center for Green Building

Peter Curtis, Gateway Community College

Susan Giordano, Alternative Global Energy , Inc

Adrienne Farrar Houël, GBCE/The Green Team

Carolyn Humphreys, Sunlight Solar

William Leahy, Institute for Sustainable Energy

Michael J. McCarthy, bluegreen Research Institute

Jean Williams, 5MillionGreenJobs .org

2:00-3:00 (weather permitting)

Frisbee Demo

2:30-3:00

Carolyn Humphreys, Sunlight Solar

3:15-4:00

Eco Fashion Panel,

Irina Simeonova & Guests, World Fashion Council

Contact: Daphne Dixon, daphnedixon@mac.com, (203) 536-4695

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