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JULIA KERTZ GRANT
Foothills And Open Space Manager
City Of Boise Department Of Parks And Recreation
• Spend a day shadowing an environmental professional to learn about the industry.
• Look to graduate programs that offer interdisciplinary environmental programs that include a variety of classes including business, law, and education classes.
• Alumni networks are a great place to get the help and connections to break into the environmental industry.
The Boise metropolitan area, like much of the Pacific Northwest, has many growth opportunities for green industry professionals in public, private, and public-private partnerships, according to Julia Kertz Grant, Foothills and Open Space Manger at the Foothills Learning Center in Boise, Idaho.

The Sunergy Solar Plant, the first large scale solar energy production facility in the state will come online in 2012. The $45 million facility should provide job opportunities in a number of green tech and green engineering areas.

Julia also pointed out the impact of the City of Boise's Green House, a local green technology incubator funded by both the public sector and the City of Boise. This public-private business incubator provides financial, human resources, e-commerce, legal, and marketing support services for several growing, early stage green companies. As these young companies mature there will be plenty of job opportunities for green industry graduates in the Boise area.
SANDY PICKARD
Business Manager
Solar Energy International
• Take classes at Solar Energy International. Workshops are offered in solar, thermal, green building, and even hydro technologies. Classes are offered in twelve locations around the US.
• Roofers can improve their skills by taking classes in solar energy installation.
• Solar energy installation and commercial size energy efficiency projects are the hottest areas of green technology.
Solar Energy International has been providing education in solar and other renewable energy technologies for 20 years. They have become one of the premiere institutions for accredited renewable energy workshops and offer classes in a number of locations.

Business manager Sandy Pickard highlighted the important work this non-profit does through their educational mission. Solar Energy International has expanded to include workshops in solar electric, solar thermal, micro-hydro, and wind energy. Classes are also offered online.
TOM RAWLS
VP Sales And Marketing
Native Energy
• Look at social responsibility positions in large companies. Many companies are concerned about our energy future and their public image. Corporate responsibility positions will continue to be an area of continued job growth.
• Ceres (ceres.org) is a good place to look for companies interested in sustainability. BSR (The Business of a Better World) is an extensive network of sustainable companies and a good resource for job seekers.
• Check out schools with green and sustainability programs. The University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and St. Michael's College have excellent environmental programs.
Native Energy is a developer and seller of carbon credits. Carbon credits allow for the funding of renewable energy projects and reduce the amount of energy required from fossil fuels. When a company buys carbon offsets they are funding a project such as a wind farm or a methane digester and thus offsetting the effect of their own pollution. In the last 10 years, Native Energy clients have helped build a remarkable 48 projects including wind, biogas, and solar.
JULIA KERTZ GRANT
Foothills And Open Space Manager
City Of Boise Department Of Parks And Recreation
• Spend a day shadowing an environmental professional to learn about the industry.
• Look to graduate programs that offer interdisciplinary environmental programs that include a variety of classes including business, law, and education classes.
• Alumni networks are a great place to get the help and connections to break into the environmental industry.
The Boise metropolitan area, like much of the Pacific Northwest, has many growth opportunities for green industry professionals in public, private, and public-private partnerships, according to Julia Kertz Grant, Foothills and Open Space Manger at the Foothills Learning Center in Boise, Idaho.

The Sunergy Solar Plant, the first large scale solar energy production facility in the state will come online in 2012. The $45 million facility should provide job opportunities in a number of green tech and green engineering areas.

Julia also pointed out the impact of the City of Boise's Green House, a local green technology incubator funded by both the public sector and the City of Boise. This public-private business incubator provides financial, human resources, e-commerce, legal, and marketing support services for several growing, early stage green companies. As these young companies mature there will be plenty of job opportunities for green industry graduates in the Boise area.
SCOTT M. FLYNN
Green Homes Builder
Flynner Homes And Renovations
• Green building has been very negatively affected by the real estate crash.
• The long term cost savings of green building to both home owners and companies will continue to propel green building in the future.
• Retrofitting existing commercial buildings is the most promising area of green building in the current market.
According to Scott Flynn, owner of green builder Flynner Homes, green building nationwide has been hit hard by the extreme downturn in real estate prices, and the Boise area is no exception. However, Scott says environmental retrofits of existing commercial building are still popular due to the energy savings that can be achieved in larger projects.

As a green home builder, Scott says part of his job is to educate his customers on the green technologies that are available. Many green technologies require a more substantial initial investment, but pay for themselves in long term cost savings. This can be a tough sell in a down economy.

A big part of green building is getting more value form the energy that is put into heating and cooling a structure. Advanced framing techniques and green insulation techniques can provide a significant cost in energy bills if they are implemented during construction. Scott uses computer modeling to find the furnace and duct work that best optimize energy savings.
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