The Role of STEM Education in the Growing “Green Collar” Economy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building B-338


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – known as STEM – education will play a critical role as our nation transitions to a clean, green economy and works to build a sustainable future. How are community colleges, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education in your district working to address the emerging career opportunities in our expanding green economy? At this widely-attended luncheon event, in collaboration with the STEM Education Caucus, the Career and Technical Education Caucus, and the Community College Caucus, speakers will focus on:

  • Increasing student interest in green STEM fields and effective ways to engage them in STEM fields;
  • Retraining current workers for green jobs;
  • Introducing students to these fields prior to high school graduation and the links between secondary and postsecondary education; and
  • The current status of green technology and engineering fields.


National Science Teachers Association; Association for Career and Technical Education; American Association of Community Colleges; Association of Community College Trustees; Second Nature; Campaign for Environmental Literacy; National Wildlife Federation; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Siemens; National Association of Sate Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium; Technology Student Association; and the American Chemical Society’s Science & the Congress Project

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Martha J. Kanter (invited), Undersecretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland
  • Dr. Patrick Konopnicki, Director of Technical and Career Education, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President, Cape Cod Community College