Vice President For Communications And Government Affairs
EDP Renewables
• As an industry leader, EDP Renewables employs a team of over 300. While smaller companies look for wind energy generalists, to a degree, job openings at EDP Renewables consist mostly of technical positions.
• Current openings call for a high level of expertise. Core competencies among the companies team members span operations, transmission, integration, science, and engineering.
• EDP Renewables offers internships as opportunities arise. Internships provide an excellent footing for a career in the energy sector. Visit the company website for more information.
EDP Renewables is a leading renewable energy company, bringing hundreds of megawatts of clean energy online around the country every year. Around 200 megawatts were produced this year, despite a down economy, with an additional 200 megawatts projected for the upcoming year. Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs Roby Roberts said that when it comes to making clean energy a competitive player in the overall energy market, EDP renewable is a leader. "We are very active in the industry. We have a robust policy and regulatory group, which is extremely important, and we're active with regional clean energy advocates."

EDP Renewables was an early supporter of green business practices, as their Houston office demonstrated, being the first LEED-CI Silver rated project in the city. "We believe in walking the talk," Roberts said, "We want to be as consistent as we can to promote the values that define us." Houston has a consolidated energy presence, and companies like EDP Renewables provide a competitive job market for green collar professionals.
Communications Director
Solar San Antonio
• San Antonio is a hotspot for solar and other types of renewable energy. Texas is one of the top states for solar energy production.
• The Alamo Colleges and the University of Texas at San Antonio have created alternative energy programs, including a program for solar installers.
• The Texas Solar Energy Society is a great place to look for job and networking opportunities. This organization hosts the Renewable Energy Roundup and Sustainable Living Fair, a three day event that might be the best solar networking opportunity in Texas.
Solar San Antonio is a non-profit that works to educate San Antonio's public, goverment, and business communities on the benefits of solar energy. The organization hosts events, provides information about solar rebates, and offers training and job information.
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.
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.
Executive Director
Scenic Houston
• Green tech is a growth industry in Houston. The petrochemical industry is heavily invested in alternative forms of energy and will continue to create green jobs with research facilities in Houston.
• Business in Houston is recognizing the economic value of trees, green landscaping and clean air. Businesses want to locate in a clean attractive environment and this will create new jobs.
• Look to the Houston Green Scene (houstongreenscene.org) for networking opportunities.
Groups like Scenic Houston represent a unique niche in the environmental movement. Scenic Houston incorporates more business support than most green movement organizations. With lax zoning law and strong free enterprise support, Houston developed a concrete and billboard freeway landscape that was both unattractive and unhealthy.

As executive director of Scenic Houston, Anne Culver leads an organization that has improved and beautified Houston with trees and landscaping. With the exception of the billboard industry, Houston businesses are recognizing the economic value of landscaping, trees, and controlled use of signage. Attractive places attract new business, better employees, and more jobs.

Green jobs in Houston will continue to be centered around the petrochemical (oil) industry. After ecological disasters like the BP Gulf oil spill, petrochemical companies need the positive press that investment in green industry creates. Energy companies will need to transition to new and hopefully greener forms of energy as oil supplies dwindle. This should substantially drive the growth of green technologies and green jobs in Houston.
Vice President Of Operations
Galveston Bay Foundation
• Local Formal Education Opportunities: Texas A&M at Galveston has a reputable marine biology program, and the University of Houston-Clear Lake offers degree programs in environmental sciences and environmental management.
• Local Networking Opportunities: The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP.org) is a great organization to become involved with for networking opportunities and job leads.
• Local Volunteer Opportunities: The Galveston Bay Foundation offers a variety of volunteer opportunities-from habitat restoration to administrative work-that support work in this field.
Courtney Smith, Vice President of Operations, explained that the Galveston Bay Foundation performs many important services for the Galveston Bay community, including ecological preservation and restoration, environmental education, and advocacy work. With over 3,000 acres conserved and many more with successful habitat restoration accomplished by the Galveston Bay Foundation, this organization has a profound impact on the Galveston Bay ecological community. The Foundation works with many state and federal agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In her position as Vice President of Operations, Courtney works on grant writing, contract management, and reporting. Writing and communications are vital to non-profit organizations, especially to organizations like the Galveston Bay Foundation that depend on public participation and philanthropy for support.
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