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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.
SCOTT MERRICK
Customer Service Manager
Bergey Windpower
• Get hands-on experience. If you are looking for training as a wind turbine technician, make sure that the program has a wind turbine and a tower on site.
• New Mexico State University's College of Engineering is becoming known for their wind program. They were awarded a $2 million grant for equipment to develop large-scale wind blade and component test facilities.
• Look oversees. The European market for wind energy is more developed that the US market. Wind Turbine technology is moving quickly in countries such as Holland.
Bergey Energy, a prominent Oklahoma wind energy company, is a pioneer in the Wind Turbine market. Bergey Energy developed from wind turbine research at the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s. Today, Bergey sells and manufactures wind turbines that are used around the world, including such far flung markets as Kenya, Romania, and Fiji.
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.
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