Executive Director
Arizona League Of Conservation Voters
• Don't think about jobs. Think about projects. Find something that needs to be done and then seek out the resources to do it.
• A political science degree and political science courses are good preparation for a career in environmental politics.
• Prescott College, in Arizona, offers a well regarded masters degree in environmental studies with a concentration in social ecology.
The Arizona desert not only has an abundance of natural wonders, such as the Grand Canyon National Park, but it has also become a national destination for solar energy. Arizona Public Utilities are utilizing the powerful solar energy of the desert sun at the new Solana Solar Plant, which will come online in 2011. The Solana project is being funded by recent rounds of federal stimulus money.

Dedicated environmental professionals like Steve Arnquist, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, work within the political process to keep the environmental movement and green industry moving forward. ALCV works to educate, advocate and develop public and private partnerships that forward environmental causes in the state. They also publish a scorecard for state politicians that rates each politician's voting record on environmental issues.
Environmental Associate
Environment Arizona
• Students should take classes in political science, environmental science, writing and public speaking.
• Leadership in campus environmental organizations can provide a good background for an environmental advocate position.
• Fellowship programs like the one that Bret participates in are a good way to get in the door of an Arizona environmental organization.
Environment Arizona works to protect Arizona's air, water, and open spaces by engaging the public and elected officials. As an environmental associate with Environment Arizona, Bret Fanshaw works with the media, lobbies elected officials, and does field work for the organization.

Bret believes that solar energy is going to be a big part of Arizona's green industry in the near future and could provide a number of job openings. The world's largest solar power plant is coming to Arizona in 2011. The Solana solar power plant, a project of Abengoa Solar and Arizona Public Service Company (APS), will provide power to 70,000 homes. This is the first major utility getting the majority of its power from solar.
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.
National Energy Media Director
Environmental Defense Fund
• Mica attended Columbia Business School and concentrated in Social Enterprise. Look to Ivy League MBA programs for business training in sustainable energy.
• Internships, even unpaid, or other networking opportunities are the key to getting your foot in the door in green and environmental industries.
• MBA and business students should look to Net Impact for networking opportunities in green and environmental industries. Net Impact has chapters on most campuses in many cities, and the web site includes a jobs page.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships. As National Energy Media Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, Mica Odom has insight into career success in green marketing. Mica points to the success of past EDF campaigns such as the 2007 landmark deal that canceled eight coal-fired power plants proposed in Texas and adopted an unprecedented set of environmental initiatives, preventing 57 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Mica's career highlights the importance of business skills in the green and environmental industry. MBA programs in both the Ivy League and state schools are offering innovative programs that highlight green and environmental business training. The economic push from MBA students trained in sustainable business models is currently demonstrating the viability of green career fields such as engineering, green building, renewable energy finance, green marketing, and philanthropic foundations with an environmental focus.
Mechanical Plans Engineer
City Of Phoenix
• A solid understanding of green building requires expertise in many areas including: architecture, green building materials, energy conservation, water conservation, air quality, and site selection. Take any sustainability classes you can find.
• Look at green building positions in city government. City, state, and national governments are implementing stricter green building standards and creating incentive programs. These programs require trained professionals.
• Cities need multifaceted individuals that can fill a number of roles. A solid understanding of green engineering combined with communication, and presentation skills is valuable to city governments.
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