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Forough Ghahramani Featured Speaker for 3rd Annual New Jersey Women In Science, Eng. & Tech Summit

Tuesday, June 23, 2009  
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Forough Ghahramani, WIPP National Founding Partner and Executive Advisory Board Member, was a featured speaker and  event organizers for the Third Annual New Jersey Women in Science, Engineering, Technology Summit “Green Now, Women Leading the Way in Science and Technology”. Forough Ghahramani is a member of WIPP's Energy and Environment Committee and NJ State Employment and Training Commission Council on Gender Parity in Labor & Education Committee on Science and Technology.  

Forough Ghahramani led a panel of experts on some of the issues and opportunities in the “Real” Green Economy with specific emphasis on Emerging Fields. There was general consensus that a few areas appear to be particularly promising in terms of high potential for “green job” growth. The panelists provided their perspectives on the emerging fields and where the jobs are in the green economy. In addition, Forough Ghahramani lead the panelists to address topic areas including education and training challenges to meet the skilled workforce requirements for the emerging fields, the state-endorsed initiatives that can aid in the development of new industries, rigorous retraining and reemployment efforts that involve education and private investment, public awareness campaigns and opportunities for Green Entrepreneurship.

Panelists included: Kenny Esser, NJ Governor Corzine’s Energy Advisor; Jennifer Awad, Compliance Director for Bayshore Recycling; Carey Williams, Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University; and Monica A. Mazurek; Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
According to Forough Ghahramani “The next few years will be pivotal as the U.S. and many other nations around the globe undergo a massive shift in the way energy is produced and used in order to avert the effects of global warming. Green Technology will prove to provide the greatest economic opportunity for the US through 2020 and beyond. Breakthroughs in green technology will create thousands of high-skilled jobs for years to come. Factors that influence establishing the US as a clean and green industry leader includes the following:

• Energy efficiency technology breakthroughs
• The nation’s environmental and energy policies
• Investment commitment through funding sources in innovative clean and green technologies and businesses to stimulate the economy
• Financial incentives for organizations to go green
• Creating an environmental conscious public educated on what is meant by green technology: this will require collaboration and partnership between the science and engineering industries, education community, and government to train a new workforce for green collar jobs.

Issues to be addressed include: increasing energy conservation and energy efficiency by reducing consumption, close the gap between supply and demand of electricity: reduce peak electricity demands, to the extent possible draw electricity from renewable sources, investment sources for clean technology innovation and new businesses.

Green jobs in the emerging fields will be a major part of the transformation to the clean energy economy. NJ alone could create more than 57,000 jobs by investing in alternative energies, altering its transit infrastructure, and retrofitting buildings to be more energy-efficient; It is essential to identify the jobs and skills."
Forough Ghahramani is a nationally recognized leader in attracting women to Science Engineering and Technology fields and has been actively involved in identifying opportunities for collaboration between academia, government, and industry to fuel the new “green” economy. According to Ghahramani, “Energy is a key area of focus for economic viability of the US.  It is important that we bring together academia, government, and industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges with a specific emphasis on involving the general public.”  Forough Ghahramani’s active involvement in the NJ Women in Science and Technology program, as one of the key event organizers and speaker was a great opportunity to raise visibility of WIPP Energy Committee initiatives. 
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Please contact Forough Ghahramani at 609-497-1773 or

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