Founder And President
The Cloud Institute For Sustainability Education
• Sustainability educators look for employees to demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking paired with a capacity for systems thinking and teaching and learning skills.
• A growing need: sustainability coordinators will be in demand as schools ramp up planning for sustainability and start retrofitting their facilities to green certification standards.
• Get specific: Green Drinks is a good meet-up to get started networking, but ultimately reaching out to industry specific organizations will bring the best results. The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); the American Sustainable Business Council and Social Ventures Network are good sources for sustainable businesses.
"All jobs in the future will be green jobs, or they won't exist," says Jaimie Cloud, founder of The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. Educating for sustainability is an essential step in building a green economy. The Cloud Institute works with educational institutions in the pre-kindergarten to 12th grade range to enact sustainable organizational change, develop curriculum that educates for sustainability, and to develop authentic relationships between administrators, educators, students, and their communities.

Jaimie believes the greening of the U.S. educational system will create many jobs in New York and around the world. Among the growing list of colleges teaching sustainability, she lists Columbia University's Teachers College and Earth Institute and the Pratt Institute's Environmental Planning, Policy, and Sustainability programs as indicators of New York's prominence in the growing sustainability job sector.
Senior Policy Analyst
New York City Mayor's Office Of Long-Term Planning And Sustainability
• New York has private and state-sponsored clean technology incubators, such as Polytechnic Institute of New York University's NYC ACRE program, that host networking events.
• The Mayor's Office partners with the Urban Green Council, a major networking channel.
• The city and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority work with the various City University of New York campuses, making these schools an excellent option for aspiring green professionals.
As Energy and Green Building Policy Analyst for the New York City Mayor's Office, Hilary works on legislation to address energy efficiency in existing buildings. She also works with architects, engineers, building owners, and property managers to improve the city's energy efficiency and green building standards. Her colleagues in the Mayor's Office are providing similar assistance in other areas of green business through programs such as Green Light New York, an upcoming lighting resource center. In addition to green retrofitting, clean tech incubators, and clean tech research at New York's world-class academic institutions, New York's sustainability policies make the city a leading market for green jobs.
Public Relations And Communications
Community Environmental Center
• Learn weatherization skills. As the holder of New York State's largest weatherization contract, the Community Environmental Center can attest to the demand for energy efficiency specialists.
• Learn how to conduct energy audits. Many of New York's aging structures need to be checked for air leaks, electrical efficiency, and water quality.
• Blaze your own trail: if you possess the proper qualifications, you may be able to start your own Green Training and Assistance program at organizations like a local YMCA.
Community Environmental Center's Alexis Greene works with local government, green building and training organizations, and local community leaders to increase visibility for Community Environmental Center's energy efficiency assistance programs for low-income communities.

The center also offers green workforce training in energy efficiency, partnering with Green City Force to prepare youth from low-income backgrounds for sustainable careers. As a major provider of green building and energy efficiency consultation, Community Environmental Center is a leader in New York's green building community. Their success suggests that emerging professionals should place high consideration on the New York green building market.
Green Workforce Director
Solar 1
• On the one hand: contractors prioritize construction background over a college degree.
• On the other hand: A professional with a marketing degree that obtains green building experience becomes highly employable if they subsequently move back to the marketing and sales of renewable building products and services.
• In green building, it is crucial to understand the policy differences of individual communities. This can often be determined by going to the organizations that provide incentives to green building contractors. In New York, the primary incentive provider is the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Green Workforce Director Michael Johnson-Chase heads up the Workforce Training Program for Solar One, a seven year affiliate of the Community Environmental Center. Solar One partner's with workforce training partners to provide classes including building performance, solar-thermal training, and electrical retrofitting for commercial businesses. In addition to Solar One's training programs, the organization serves as an educational model for energy efficiency, producing most of its own energy through solar power. Outreach partners include many green building contractors, government agencies like NYSERDA, and program officials with the New York City Mayor's office, giving Solar One a unique perspective on the green economy in New York. Michael recommends sending resumes to approved energy efficiency contractors and cultivating relationships with them. Although it is sometimes necessary to start out as a volunteer when no prior construction background exists, Michael says aspiring green-collar workers can subsequently find job opportunities in building performance analysis, retrofitting contracts, and other areas of the green building industry.
Director Of Sustainability
City University Of New York
• The City University of New York (CUNY) through its centers, initiatives and 23 colleges, sponsors several energy conferences each year such as Sustainable CUNY's NYC Solar Summit. Later this month through the Center for Sustainable Energy, CUNY will sponsor the Alternative Vehicle Technology Conference and expo. Conferences such as these are excellent networking venues.
• The City University of New York's new commercialization program for cleantech, CUNY SustainableWorks,is building a Commercialization Center that will also include opportunities for students to gain experience in the development, prototyping, testing, and showcasing of new technologies with some of the top companies in the country.
• CUNY offers training in sustainability related fields such as green building, geothermal, solar thermal, solar electric, alternative vehicle technology, and energy services technology.
A million solar roofs. This stunning figure represents New York City's potential to be the top urban solar market in the country. Through its leadership of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America City Partnership for NYC, Sustainable CUNY is mapping out a way to this realization. In partnership with the mayor's office, Sustainable CUNY has created the most advanced solar map in the world. Made available online, the map offers detailed modeling of every building in the city and the potential for solar development there, as well as existing solar development. "The NYC Solar Map is a key tool to educate business, the financial sector, and the general public about the financial and environmentally benefits of solar," said Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability and the lead for the solar partnership. "Getting the public interested will be essential to moving forward." One of the keys to the U.S. DOE's success with the Solar America City program in NYC was placing leadership at Sustainable CUNY where the program could benefit from stable leadership that wouldn't suffer turnover during election years. As the largest urban university in the country, CUNY has provided the infrastructure and the leadership to keep the city's solar agenda on track. "Solar power production has grown six fold," Case said, "Further; in 2007 there were only 5 solar installation companies in New York City. Now there are 21- streamlining the process is growing green jobs." Sustainable CUNY has recently kicked off its CUNY SustainableWorks Commercialization Program, which provides a pathway into the NYC marketplace, the largest in the country, for new cleantech. Start-ups provide a huge boost to net-gain jobs in the economy, and Case says that the CUNY SustainableWorks program capabilities make it ideal for bringing products to market that need to be tested within the existing urban infrastructure. "For the public to adopt a new technology, they need a seamless transition from the existing technology to a clean technology. Being tested within existing infrastructure is key. The new CUNY SustainableWorks Commercialization Center will be the place for that process," Case said. Sustainable CUNY ultimately seeks to improve the NYC energy market through its sustainable energy programs and initiatives. New York's many legacy buildings have infrastructure codes that need to be integrated into efforts to increase sustainable energy technology adoption, which Case noted as a key to making sustainable energy technologies affordable and competitive. "It's so important to streamlining the path to jobs," she added.
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