Vice President Of Human Resources
• Professionals working to establish a career in the solar industry can look for job openings on SunRun's jobs board at http://www.sunrunhome.com/about-sunrun/careers.
• SunRun Partners with the top regional solar installation market players around the country in order to support local green job growth.
• SunRun's San Francisco Bay Area location provides a great network of green organizations and meetups where employees can connect with other renewable energy professionals, such as Women's Environmental Network, Net Zero, and Young Professionals in Energy.
San Francisco-based SunRun has amassed a number of awards lauding their innovative business model. The company owns and installs solar systems on homeowner's roofs. This way, homeowners can switch to solar for as little as $0 and just pay a low monthly rate for power. The model makes solar increasingly affordable for homeowners, particular median income communities that until recently had been largely priced out of the solar market. The result has been a massive growth phase for the company, up by 200 percent in 2010 and continuing to grow. The company has also contributed to the solar community in the way of policy and research, writing a report on solar permitting streamlining opportunities and partnering with the Department of Energy to identify ways to bring the installation costs of solar down by $2,500 per install. These streamlining measures bring the possibility of billions of additional dollars to state economies. "We're trying to lead from the front through policy and technology, said Vice President of Human Resources Beth Steinberg, "A lot of competitors are popping up, but we've been able to attract great employees because of our credibility in the solar community."

Beth indicated that interest from professionals looking to join SunRun's team has been outstanding, with applicants that aren't offered positions still referring other contacts in their network for interviews with the company. "People have the desire to create something great, and they see that they can do that with us," Steinberg said. Unlike the majority of solar companies, SunRun has grown to the point that a number of the job openings don't require a core competency in solar, with many employees having backgrounds in software engineering. Companies like SunRun are exemplary of the growing green job market in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
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.
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