The 17th Annual Conference on Environmental Issues at Medgar Evers College – Creating Green Jobs: A New Paradigm

The Medgar Evers College Department of Physical, Environmental, and Computer Sciences – in conjunction with the National Science Foundation; and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration – will hold the 17th Annual Environmental Issues Conference on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Founders Auditorium at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. The 2012 Conference is themed “Creating Green Jobs: A New Paradigm.” The creation of green jobs has been part of an ongoing strategy at federal, state and local government levels to help provide a livelihood for the unemployed struggling in a stagnating American and global economy.

“For 16 years, with the generous support of Con Edison, this Conference and this College have been at the forefront of exploring how environmental issues impact our communities,” said Medgar Evers College President William L. Pollard. “This year, we look forward to providing crucial information on how our students and our community members can take advantage of opportunities to participate in a strengthening green economy.”

The full day forum will feature a keynote address by Amanda Eyrich Daly, Director of Green Education and Training Programs City University of New York; as well as speakers, panelists and presenters who will collectively explore the emerging eco-conscious economy. This 2012 conference will also feature strong representation from area high school students who will be participating in poster competitions, logo designs and presentations on topics such as recycling, going green and energy conservation.

“We expect this year’s Conference to be an exciting educational forum that also provides practical information for educators, students, and the community on their future in a greener America,” said Conference co-founder Dr. John Gibbs.

For the past 16 years Medgar Evers College, in collaboration with Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc., has been presenting its Annual Environmental Issues Conference. This event has provided a unique forum for community members, parents, teachers, grassroots organizations, area businesses and students to interact with environmental professionals.

Green issues provide dynamic inspiration for new curricular initiatives at colleges and universities globally. This is a trend of particular interest to urban and metropolitan institutions located in complex, multicultural communities; Medgar Evers College – which currently offers the BS degree in Environmental Science – is determined to take a leadership role in creating a full-fledged green inspired curriculum.

For further inquiries or to register for the program, please contact Dr. John A. Gibbs, Conference Chair Emeritus: 718.270.6455/6216 or email:

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.