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BOB DIXSON
Mayor
Greensburgh Kansas City Government
• Green and environmental change requires passion. Before you decide on a green career make sure you have the passion and commitment.
• Sustainable green jobs will be driven by private industry and must be economically viable
• The Kansas community college system offers some innovative green energy programs. Cloud County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy Technology, the first in the state of Kansas.
In 2007, when one of the most destructive tornado's in US history destroyed 95 percent of Greensburg Kansas, the city was forced to rebuild. The city government committed itself to rebuilding as a "green" town. A resolution passed by the Greensburg City Council stated that all buildings would be built to the demanding LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standard. Greensburg was the first city to pass such a resolution.

As mayor of Greensburg, Bob Dixon, is one of the few municipal leaders that have taken on such a comprehensive green building challenge. Despite heading a city government, Mayor Dixon sees private industry as the engine of sustainable change.

Greensburg is located in an area that could see sustainable green job growth. Kansas is known for its wind energy potential. The city of Greensburg will be completely powered by wind energy when the local Greensburg Wind Farm is completed.
BOB DIXSON
Mayor
Greensburgh Kansas City Government
• Green and environmental change requires passion. Before you decide on a green career make sure you have the passion and commitment.
• Sustainable green jobs will be driven by private industry and must be economically viable
• The Kansas community college system offers some innovative green energy programs. Cloud County Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy Technology, the first in the state of Kansas.
In 2007, when one of the most destructive tornado's in US history destroyed 95 percent of Greensburg Kansas, the city was forced to rebuild. The city government committed itself to rebuilding as a "green" town. A resolution passed by the Greensburg City Council stated that all buildings would be built to the demanding LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standard. Greensburg was the first city to pass such a resolution.

As mayor of Greensburg, Bob Dixon, is one of the few municipal leaders that have taken on such a comprehensive green building challenge. Despite heading a city government, Mayor Dixon sees private industry as the engine of sustainable change.

Greensburg is located in an area that could see sustainable green job growth. Kansas is known for its wind energy potential. The city of Greensburg will be completely powered by wind energy when the local Greensburg Wind Farm is completed.
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.
CHRIS STEVENS
Communications Director
Center For A Sustainable Future
• Organic farms offer volunteer positions, and can be good places to learn renewable agriculture.
• Iowa State University has a great educational resource: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State is a great place to learn about the newest advances in sustainable agriculture.
• Another excellent resource, The Stone Barn Center, (north of Manhattan) is a non-profit education center and farm. They offer education for sustainable agriculture.
The Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at John's Hopkins university works in research, educational outreach, and community action targeted at "farming, eating, and living for our future." As Communication Manager for the CLF, Chris Stevens works daily in support of these goals.

Sustainable, or resilient, farming has recently gained exposure with the continued environmental and health problems associated with factory farming. In essence, much of sustainable farming is really a "return to traditional farming," Chris explained. In traditional, or sustainable, farming, animals are not raised in a factory environment in very confined spaces and large amounts of dangerous antibiotics and pesticides are avoided.
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.
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