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.
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.
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.
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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