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Green Jobs and Eco-Development Expert to Speak at STLCC-Meramec

September 25, 2009

Baye Adofo-Wilson, founder and executive director of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District in Newark, N.J., will discuss green jobs and eco-development during a special presentation 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the theater at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road.

St. Louis Community College and the St. Louis regional chapter of the United States Green Building Council are sponsors of the event.

Adofo-Wilson is a nationally recognized expert on community economic development and workforce training programs in the “green” collar market.  Adofo-Wilson will discuss the creation of a sustainable, diverse community called the Lincoln Park Cultural District (LPCCD). This eco-village has revitalized a once abandoned, crumbling neighborhood in Newark, which now boasts a workforce training program with an 80 percent placement rate and an annual music festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the community.

Highlights of the LPCCD development include Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certified affordable housing, acceptance into the LEED-Neighborhood Development pilot program, urban agriculture, historic preservation, community outreach and green job training programs.

This event is open and free to the public; however, registration is required in advance. To RSVP, visit www.greenjobsecondevelopment.eventbrite.com or call the USGBC at 314-577-0225.