Green jobs blaze path toward a cleaner, stronger and healthier Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee leaders and residents will have an opportunity to discuss the future of their city next Thursday, October 20, when Dr. Henry S. Cole, president of Henry S. Cole and Associates and publisher of the environmental blog Ekos, will launch a conversation about how green jobs can strengthen the economy, improve health, and protect the environment.

“Dr. Henry S. Cole has been intimately involved in the environmental movement since its inception in 1970,” said Secretary of State and Clean Wisconsin founder Doug La Follette. “With decades of experience, Dr. Cole can offer local leaders and residents unique insight into how green jobs can help revitalize Milwaukee.”

After serving as an environmental studies professor and founding the Clean Air Coalition in Racine in the early 1970s, Dr. Cole became a senior scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and served as the science director for Clean Water Action. In 1993, he founded Henry S. Cole and Associates, which provides scientific, communications and strategic support for environmental and community organizations, government agencies and corporations with no- and low-toxic products. Dr. Cole has received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA for his contribution to phase out arsenic and chromium from wood preservatives.

Dr. Cole’s presentation Painting the Cream City Green: How Milwaukee can strengthen its economy, health and environment with green jobs will focus on how green jobs go well beyond wind and solar technology. He will explain that green jobs include those that strengthen environmental infrastructure like sewage systems, grow and distribute local food, develop and operate mass transit systems, and make homes and businesses more energy efficient. This is the second annual Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Event.

“Milwaukee is fortunate to have such a distinguished environmental leader coming to lead a conversation about how green jobs can provide a brighter future for the city,” said La Follette.

The event will take place at Helios USA, a local manufacturer of solar panels, and will begin at 6pm. It is free and open to the public.