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KAREN DUDLEY
Managing Director Of Philanthropy
The Nature Conservancy
• Some aspects of environmental philanthropy management are similar to marketing and sales jobs. Marketing and public speaking might be useful areas of study.
• The University of Miami has a well regarded philanthropy program in the the Division of Continuing Studies.
• Corporate responsibility departments might be a good place to look for growth and opportunity in the coming years.
Miami and the entire South Florida area have a multitude of amazing natural resources, such as Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, coral reefs, and marine wildlife that need the help and resources of dedicated environmental professionals such as Karen Dudley. Fund raising is the life blood of environmental non-profits, and Karen pointed out that it requires more of a sales and marketing background than other green jobs.

One of the more innovative approaches to environmental fund raising in the Miami area is the Leave a Legacy program. Individuals are encouraged to leave part of their estate to environmental charities. Corporate responsibility programs have grown in popularity in recent years, allowing for job openings for corporate responsibility officers. In addition, South Florida Power and Light has been a leader in innovative energy programs.
ROB SISSON
President
Republicans For Environmental Protection
• Working as a staffer in a political organization is a good place to get into environmental politics.
• All members of congress employ an environmental legislative assistant.
• You can work on sustainability inside corporations. Look for positions as Corporate Responsibility Officers or Sustainability Officers.
Republicans for Environmental Protection is an organization dedicate to restoring the GOP's great conservation legacy. Rob cites several environmental Republican presidents who established milestones in our nation. Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite. Ulysses S. Grant created Yellowstone, the first national park. Theodore Roosevelt championed conservation by designating 150 National Forests and five national parks. Even conservative icon Ronald Reagan ratified the Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone Layer. Rob's expertise is in Republican environmental politics but his advice could just as easily translate to the Democratic Party. While any college major can lead to a career in politics, law degrees are very common and any classes in environmental science would also be helpful. Look for entry level positions as political staffers, at think tanks, or in foundations.
MICA ODOM
National Energy Media Director
Environmental Defense Fund
• Mica attended Columbia Business School and concentrated in Social Enterprise. Look to Ivy League MBA programs for business training in sustainable energy.
• Internships, even unpaid, or other networking opportunities are the key to getting your foot in the door in green and environmental industries.
• MBA and business students should look to Net Impact for networking opportunities in green and environmental industries. Net Impact has chapters on most campuses in many cities, and the web site includes a jobs page.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships. As National Energy Media Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, Mica Odom has insight into career success in green marketing. Mica points to the success of past EDF campaigns such as the 2007 landmark deal that canceled eight coal-fired power plants proposed in Texas and adopted an unprecedented set of environmental initiatives, preventing 57 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Mica's career highlights the importance of business skills in the green and environmental industry. MBA programs in both the Ivy League and state schools are offering innovative programs that highlight green and environmental business training. The economic push from MBA students trained in sustainable business models is currently demonstrating the viability of green career fields such as engineering, green building, renewable energy finance, green marketing, and philanthropic foundations with an environmental focus.
KAREN DUDLEY
Managing Director Of Philanthropy
The Nature Conservancy
• Some aspects of environmental philanthropy management are similar to marketing and sales jobs. Marketing and public speaking might be useful areas of study.
• The University of Miami has a well regarded philanthropy program in the the Division of Continuing Studies.
• Corporate responsibility departments might be a good place to look for growth and opportunity in the coming years.
Miami and the entire South Florida area have a multitude of amazing natural resources, such as Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, coral reefs, and marine wildlife that need the help and resources of dedicated environmental professionals such as Karen Dudley. Fund raising is the life blood of environmental non-profits, and Karen pointed out that it requires more of a sales and marketing background than other green jobs.

One of the more innovative approaches to environmental fund raising in the Miami area is the Leave a Legacy program. Individuals are encouraged to leave part of their estate to environmental charities. Corporate responsibility programs have grown in popularity in recent years, allowing for job openings for corporate responsibility officers. In addition, South Florida Power and Light has been a leader in innovative energy programs.
RICK GILBERT
President
Solar Source Institute
• Get training at the Solar Power Institute: The Solar Source Institute offers NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified classes for technicians, including online classes.
• Plumbers, electricians, and workers in the construction trade are augmenting their skills and earning power with training in solar installation.
• Renewable energy programs, including solar technologies, are heavily driven by government policy. Look to changes in state, local, and federal policy as indicators of potential areas of job growth in the solar energy industry.
Solar Source has been in business in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Rick Gilbert is executive vice president of Solar Source and president of the Solar Source Institute, an organization that provides solar education, distributes solar energy systems, and offers solar contracting services.

Solar Source built the largest solar pool heating system in the world in Mazatlan, Mexico, the largest solar powered pool in City of St. Cloud, Florida, and the largest roof top megawatt photovoltaic system in the Southeast.

The Solar Source Institute is the educational wing of Solar Source and offers solar energy classes, including NABCEP Authorized Training. Certified training is increasingly important as the job market becomes more competitive.
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