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.
Director Of Sustainable Business Services
Sustainable Business Network Of Greater Philadelphia
• Networking: Go to the Urban Sustainability Forum (generally held the 3rd Thursday of the month at Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences). It's really well done, and you get the best speakers on topics relevant to sustainability.
• Propose a research fellowship to local organizations: One reason the Sustainable Business Network's Emerging Industries Project works so well is because we found great research talent for the project. All of our researchers have gone on to great jobs. So many organizations would be excited to do a similar project.
• Bridge the employment gap: One Sustainable Business Network staff member developed an environmental project during university study that created relevant work experience and improved the opportunity to land a job straight out of school.
The Sustainable Business Network brings an innovative spirit to the creation of a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. Kate Houstoun leads the network's Green Economy Task Force, the team that developed the Emerging Industries Project, which identifies strategies for addressing demand, business, and workforce training growth based on research of industry needs and case studies of local businesses.

Philadelphia stands among the leading cities working to develop green economies, and has a head start in some areas of energy that haven't caught on yet, nationally. One area of interest, stormwater, is reflected in the Emerging Industries Project. "Storm water is on the tail end of energy efficiency," Kate says. Like many older cities, Philadelphia has a sewer overflow problem that makes converting gray drainage to green drainage cost-effective. However, the fact that much of the available drainage in these cities is privately held, (over fifty percent in Philadelphia,) has discouraged conversion.

Philadelphia is developing regulations and incentives for green stormwater conversion, an area of energy efficiency where Kate sees potential for job growth nationally. "When it comes to stormwater, we have excellent management in Philadelphia," Kate says. As for stormwater conversion around the country, "The sooner, the better. Municipalities who put stormwater fees in place will have a head start on job creation."

The Sustainable Business Network partners with a diverse collaborative of labor and business sectors, including groups that historically don't work well together. "There's nothing that labor and business agree on more that growing jobs," Kate says. Other partners include many of the local academic institutions that contribute to green economic development, including local community colleges, Temple University, Drexel University, Villanova University, and Swarthmore College.

Emerging professionals looking to network with green organizations would do well to consider volunteering with the Green Economy Task Force, attending Sustainable Business Network events, or applying for one of their internships. For further networking, Kate also recommends Young Involved Philadelphia or connecting with Penn Future to attend one of their Next Great City events.
Communications Director
B Lab
• B Lab maintains a directory of Certified B Corporations that can be searched by location, industry, and sustainable impact for job seekers interested in searching for an employer that matches up with their sustainability values at www.bcorporation.net.
• The B Corporation website also hosts a board where B corporations can list job postings.
• Careers in organizations like B Lab can begin with backgrounds from the liberal arts to business or government policy. A demonstrable enthusiasm for the organization's mission is the common thread.
As green businesses attempt to increase their scale in cities across the country, B Lab is championing the push to identify corporate standards that will build consumer trust in the authentic values of companies that identify themselves as sustainable businesses. The nonfprofit certifies and supports B Corporations, a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They also advocate Benefit Corporation Legislation that will create a new corporate form. Benefit corporations are distinct from traditional businesses because they are required to have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment. They also redefine fiduciary duty to require consideration of the interests of employees, community and the environment when making decision. In addition, they publicly report annually on their overall social and environmental performance using a comprehensive, credible, independent, and transparent third party standard.
Benefit Corporation legislation has already passed in California, New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, and New Jersey. Legislation is also forthcoming in Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

With offices in the Philadelphia area and New York, B Lab has made great strides since the first Benefit Corporation Legislation was passed in April 2010. Communications Dirctor Katie Kerr listed the current number of enrolled Certified B Corporations at 454. As public and private support for B Corporations continue to climb, they are sure to provide a steady increase in green jobs.
Energy And Utilities Manager
City Of Pittsburgh Office Of Sustainability And Energy Efficiency
• Networking channels: Conservation Consultants Inc. has a resource center that houses several non-profits, including the Green Building Alliance, which is another great networking resource.
• Graduate Study: James has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh with additional experience in project management. Pittsburgh has a wide range of green jobs that don't necessarily require a background in public policy or even sustainability, just the desire to see them through.
• Know local issues: with so many new laws and regulations affecting green industry growth, an understanding of local issues is key.
James Sloss was tasked by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to create the City of Pittsburgh's Office of Sustainability & Energy Efficiency. Over the last four years, James has implemented programs that are helping to grow the city's green economy and to reach city sustainability goals set within Pittsburgh's Climate Action Plan. Currently, Pittsburgh is conducting energy efficiency retrofitting in municipal buildings as well as installing solar hot water heaters on city firehouses. Pittsburgh is one of 25 Solar America cities, and feasibility studies are underway for a 15 acre brownfield site that the city could convert into a solar farm. Other city energy projects include replacement of city lights with LED lighting, switching city vehicles to biodiesel, and placing diesel filters on waste trucks. Another innovative program, Green Up Pittsburgh, calls on community organizations to help the city convert vacant lots into green spaces. James says the city is partnering with local academic institutions like Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center, which is helping Pittsburgh business reach green business certification standards as well as incubating green start-up companies. Carnegie Melon University is also a major supporter of green industry projects and is a great source for green professionals looking to network in Pittsburgh.
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