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The 2014 GreenBiz Forum defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium, along with ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.
Ian Kim, Director, Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Kim advocates for policies in the city of Oakland and statewide in California to create "green-collar" jobs (quality, career-track, manual labor jobs in industries like renewable energy, water and energy efficiency, and green building), especially for low-income young adults and those with barriers to employment. He is a co-convenor of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellum's Green Economy Task Force, and served as Vice-Chair of the Oakland Oil Independence by 2020 Task Force. Kim holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Ian and his wife, Sunjung, are often laughing at the antics of their two-year-old daughter, Minju.
Bill Stock, Director, Regulatory Relations, PG&E.
Stock’s current responsibilities center on regulatory strategic planning efforts ranging from workforce pipeline development to enterprise risk management. Previous work in Regulatory Relations included advocacy supporting PG&E’s Advanced Metering Initiative, PG&E’s bankruptcy as well as numerous energy crisis related issues. Prior to joining Regulatory Relations he was involved in state and federal government policy and lobbying activities. He has also held positions as Director of Nuclear Fuel Management and as a negotiator of bulk power contracts. Prior to joining PG&E, Stock worked as a chemical engineer for the C.F. Braun Company and was engaged in research with the General Atomic Company. Stock holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UC San Diego, and a J.D. from the Whittier College School of Law.
Elizabeth V. Sturcken, Managing Director, Corporate Partnerships Program, Environmental Defense Fund.
Sturcken directs the work of our California Corporate Partnerships team, which develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change. She currently oversees the work of staff in San Francisco and Bentonville, AR, working on projects ranging from greening the supply chain to energy efficiency for such companies as FedEx, UPS, and Wal-Mart. Prior to joining EDF, Sturcken worked as an Environmental Consultant for the EPA through Harvard University, on global climate change, as a Policy Analyst with the Office of Management and Budget, and as a Systems Consultant with the Bank of Boston. Sturcken holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Minnesota.
Matthew Wheeland, Managing Editor, GreenBiz.com, Greener World Media.
Wheeland has a background in environmental journalism and new media, and is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz and the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He previously worked at AlterNet and Greater Good magazine and his writings on the environment, politics, culture and business have appeared in a wide range of print and online publications.
The role of companies and local governments in promoting economic and workforce development.