The emerging green economy promises to provide large-scale job creation while healing the Earth and building the middle class. Roxanne Brown, Assistant Legislative Director for the United Steelworkers and Steering Committee member of the BlueGreen Alliance, describes how this national partnership of major labor unions and environmental organizations is expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. BlueGreen Alliance Director of Chemicals, Public Health and Green Chemistry Charlotte Brody portrays the real-time societal transformation underway when workers and environmentalists find common ground and also honestly acknowledge their differences.
About the speakers:
Roxanne Brown is the Assistant Legislative Director for the United Steelworkers (USW), one of five lobbyists in the USW’s legislative office in Washington DC, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Blue Green Alliance, initially an alliance of the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club that has expanded into a national partnership of major labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. She covers a range of issues including climate change, environment, and labor law reform in her lobbying and advocacy work.
Charlotte Brody, Vice President of Health Initiatives, joined BlueGreen Alliance in January 2010. Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, she was the National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals.
A registered nurse, Charlotte previously served as the Director of Programs for Green For All, Executive Director of Commonweal, and a founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.