by Timothy A. Simon | Commissioner,
to the Green
from Green Technology Magazine | Fall '07
he possibility that human activities could change Earth’s climate, with disastrous social and economic consequences, has emerged as the greatest challenge of this new century.
Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger,
Unlike those who suggest that serious attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will hurt the economy, the Governor sees a new “Gold Rush” for the state – an unprecedented opportunity to build a vital new economy based on products and services that can meet the needs of society without endangering its future.
Our investment community agrees, and its visionaries have declared that “green technology” – from clean, renewable energy to new approaches to the design of our homes, offices and communities – will power the 21st century economy.
It is likely that the majority of those whose help we need to accomplish this transformation are unaware of the events unfolding around them – or their tremendous potential to make a difference in the lives of millions. These individuals are the students in
Rarely in our history has it been more important for our schools to operate, and to educate, with real awareness of society’s needs. We are in a transitional period that will end with an economy, a workplace and a culture that are very different from what has come before.
If we manage the transition well, the differences will be positive: cleaner air, healthier more productive workplaces, improved transportation systems, and communities that satisfy basic human needs as much as they do the needs of commerce.
A haphazard, half-hearted approach could lead to a much different kind of future, one in which the flaws and injustices of our current culture are magnified and increasing numbers of men and women find themselves without access to essential resources.
It is our responsibility to ensure that this transition is productive and creative, that it provides increasing numbers of Californians with work that is financially and environmentally rewarding. This is the scenario the Governor proposes, and I strongly support his vision.
The range of needs is great, and it is important that the diversity of opportunity is shared among
As an important step in this direction, on
This conference will bring together investors, political leaders, educators, industry experts, and labor leaders to advance long-term investment, financial growth, and job creation within the green technology sector. Key figures will articulate the challenges and solution strategies for a diversified, continuous expansion of green business and technology in
This conference is not intended to be a one-day event, but rather the beginning of a dialogue to bridge the gap between the investor community and the green economy workforce to ensure that all communities can benefit from these new economic development opportunities.
This dialogue must also include those in the educational community, from students and teachers to administrators. The talent and experience that exists in this sector is essential to a successful evolution of our economy.
We have the power to create an educational surge that can match the