President And Chief Executive Officer
Green Technology Institute
• Food Security is a growing global concern. Vertical greenhouse technology is here and has a real future.
• Los Angeles is a hub for new electric car technology, but mechanics will also be needed for green car retrofitting.
• 3D software engineers will be needed to create programs like Google Earth that can help develop strategies for eco-design and energy efficiency.
Les Hamasaki founded the Green Technology Institute with 20 years of experience working in renewable energy planning with the City of Los Angeles. Now he's turned his energy to training the next generation of the green technology workforce. Les believes that the Los Angeles area has a bright green business future: "The Inland Empire is going to be the Saudi Arabia of green industry in the U.S. All of the major green industries will be there. Currently, the majority of the people who live in the Inland Empire are commuting into Los Angeles for jobs. By creating a local industrial base, we will be able to cut down on the work force's commute and lower pollution in the area." Local manufacturing will likely include LED lighting, Solar-voltaic cell, and biofuel and biomass technologies.

Les also points to Los Angeles efforts to draw clean tech business to an industrial corridor under redevelopment along the Los Angeles River. Les believes this corridor could become the 'Main Street' for the green economy in Los Angeles with light rail connecting new green housing developments to clean tech campuses.
Interim Director
Clean Tech Los Angeles
• Clean Tech Los Angeles is a central hub for the growing environmental business cluster in Los Angeles.
• Network at events held by organizations such as The Los Angeles Sustainable Business Council and the Green Drinks meet-up.
• To find work in environmental and green policy, start out by volunteering for a local official's campaign, and gradually build your environmental policy background.
As a clean tech specialist in the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Alex collaborates with clean tech entrepreneurs, university research programs, and government officials to develop policies that will grow the future clean technology industry. The city is currently developing a Cleantech Corridor that will include a twenty acre industrial park, a cleantech business incubator, technology research center, and offices for Clean Tech Los Angeles. Clean Tech Los Angeles is attracting national and international prospective clean tech companies to the City. Los Angeles is also currently working to integrate existing businesses into the green economy by retrofitting buildings, bringing energy systems up to LEED certification standard set by the U.S. Green Building Council and offering incentives to businesses that install energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Alex says the city will also be a major hub for smart-grid installations and electric vehicle manufacturing. All of these areas of green business make Los Angeles an attractive market for green-collar workers. Expect Los Angeles to be a leading green economy as programs like Clean Tech Los Angeles mature.
Executive Director
Port Tech LA
• Consider attending a graduate program at a university that runs a clean technology incubator. Often, universities offer graduate business students work-study opportunities that can lead to employment with one of the incubator start-up companies.
• Start your own business. In order to run a technology incubator you need to first acquire entrepreneurial experience and couple that with a hard science degree and a graduate business degree.
• Research emerging technologies. For instance, cold ironing technology will potentially create many green jobs as ports seek cost-cutting measures by transitioning to more sustainable energy-grids to replace their old generators.
Jeff works on the front line of clean tech business development in Los Angeles and says that there are many emerging industries beyond the current leaders: wind, solar, hydro, biofuel, etc. These technologies will transform ports around the country. Companies at Port Tech Los Angeles are using algae as biofuel and developing engine filters that drastically cut down on the particulate matter produced by the large number of freight trucks and vessels coming in and out of Los Angeles. In the future, Jeff expects port cranes will be able to recapture potential energy by installing generators in the crane gears.

The incubator program expects to mentor around 15 start-ups at any given time as it grows to capacity. In the first couple of years these start-ups can ad 3-5 employees on average. In the following few years after leaving the program those businesses potentially grow to 30-40 employees. Expect substantial grown in clean tech hiring as organizations like Port Tech Los Angeles usher more start-ups into the Los Angeles green economy.
John D. Kelley Architect
• Select a university with a program tha teaches sustainability. Look at schools like Cal Poly Pomona and University of Oregon for programs, events and classes.
• The US Green Building council is a great resource for learning about green building and green architecture. Look to the USGBC for education, resources and networking opportunities.
• Sustainability can be part of any job. A good way to get involved in the green industry is to make it part of your current job, educate yourself, and volunteer in a green non-profit.
John D. Kelley has worked in a numerous positions in the construction industry including builder, contractor, and later, architect. John has also been involved in green building and sustainable design since the 1970s as a founding member of the Sustainability Project and the Green Building Alliance. In addition, John teaches green building classes and has been instrumental in developing Santa Barbara Green Building Guidelines.
Program Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
• SMUD's strategic partners offering networking opportunities include SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance), the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (Sacto), TechCoire. Visit their websites for more information on upcoming events.
• SMUD works closely with the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center and Sacramento State. Academic institutions like UC Davis often can suggest job leads and networking channels through community partners like SMUD.
• SMUD offers engineering internships through partnerships with local universities and community colleges.
Although Sacramento often takes a backseat to the other large California economies, when it comes to energy, Sacramento is on track to build a vibrant green economy. As the country's sixth largest municipal utility, SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) is one of the key players driving green economic growth in the area.

Projects that will spur job growth include SMUD's 128 megawatt Solano Wind Farm project-in-development, two separate solar farm projects, a 120 megawatt geothermal project to be completed between 2012 and 2013, a feed-in tariff program that will produce 100 megawatts of energy, and a pilot program to integrate solar arrays into two locations along Highway 50, near SMUD Headquarters in Sacramento and an interchange in the City of Rancho Cordova.

SMUD's Program Manager, Greg Hribar, says one of the benefits of being a public utility is that the customers are like shareholders: "We're not just here to make business partners. We're here to improve the community. Some SMUD projects don't always benefit the customer directly, but they do benefit the community. We're trying to be a leader." Greg says that a large contingency of SMUD employees will retire in the coming years, and the need to fill those jobs will provide additional economic stimulus.

He also points to the success of local start-ups like Folsom-based SynapSense Corporation as an indicator of Sacramento's promise as a green economy. "We prefer to utilize proven technology," Greg says, "but there have been a few cases where we partnered with a small company." In this case, SynapSense beta-tested its data-center technology at SMUD offices and was able to successfully bring the product to market. SMUD holds a series of events and seminars throughout the year, and is an excellent resource for emerging green professionals seeking employment in the Sacramento area.
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