The Gateway Community College Foundation (GCCF) provided financial support to help The GREAT Center (Gateway’s Resource, Education and Training Center) launch of its “Green Leadership Series.” The series kicked off on March 25 at Gateway, with a forum entitled “The Future of Green Initiatives.” It featured keynote speaker Dan Esty, a green policy expert, professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School, and former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
In addition, the forum included a panel discussion moderated by Thomas Marano of the Community Builders Institute. It featured education, legislative, public utilities, planning, and development experts, including speakers from United Illuminating and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA).
The Future of Green Initiatives event targeted municipal planning and development officials, commercial brokers, community development professionals, transportation planners, and green building professionals. The next event in the series is scheduled for mid-September, and the theme is “Green Transportation,” with particular focus on alternative fuel advancements for municipal vehicles.
The GREAT Center offers fast-paced training in high-growth occupations and builds customized programs to suit the scheduling, budget and professional development needs of local business.