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Philadelphia, PA, US

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KHARI MOSLEY
Director Of Green Economy Initiatives
GTECH (Growth Through Energy And Community Health) Strategies
• How do I get that job? Kharis says it's a process of networking outside your strength. If you're a policy person, talk to practitioners, entrepreneurs, and advocacy experts.
• It's so important to know environmentalism inside and out, but you need to be knowledgeable of how business and economics work. When you do this you understand why it's important to help disadvantaged people find employment, but you also understand why businesses are reluctant to offer them employment. It's very sobering for an idealistic person.
• The people that we work with have a background in community organizing. A lot of what growing the green economy is about right now is promoting new products and services.
Moving Pittsburgh from its industrial roots into the next generation of green job development requires the kind of whole-system thinking that has been a hallmark of GTECH Strategies' various green economy initiatives. "If folks who come through your program don't get hired, then it doesn't matter what you're doing," says Director of Green Economy Initiatives, Khari Mosley, "We've brought non-traditional partners together and helped them realize that they are actually perfect partners. We've been able to push people out of the silos of private job training" that way.

Khari says there was a lot of momentum behind the green economy in 2009, but political winds have since changed: "We've really had to learn how to be creative." GTECH has overcome that adversity to develop a series of innovative programs around energy efficiency, sustainable development, and green workforce training. One such project developed in cooperation with a local community development corporation recruits local youth, ages 18-21, and will provide them with job training to construct a nine mile trail that will provide employment for the same crew for 10 years. In the process, it will help these youth gain certification for future careers in the green economy.

For green professionals who already have job training, Khari points to Pittsburgh's aging housing stock as an upcoming job creator in the area. He says up to 40 percent of Pittsburgh housing will need to be retrofitted in the coming years. Including new home construction, that would lead to green building projects on up to 100, 000 homes.

Volunteering with GTECH could be a great opportunity for emerging green professionals looking to scope out job opportunities in Pittsburgh. "We've been lucky to be at the intersection of all that's happening," Khari says, "Our continued success is everyone's success."
KATIE KERR
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.
CHRIS STEVENS
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.
JAMES SLOSS
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.
KHARI MOSLEY
Director Of Green Economy Initiatives
GTECH (Growth Through Energy And Community Health) Strategies
• How do I get that job? Kharis says it's a process of networking outside your strength. If you're a policy person, talk to practitioners, entrepreneurs, and advocacy experts.
• It's so important to know environmentalism inside and out, but you need to be knowledgeable of how business and economics work. When you do this you understand why it's important to help disadvantaged people find employment, but you also understand why businesses are reluctant to offer them employment. It's very sobering for an idealistic person.
• The people that we work with have a background in community organizing. A lot of what growing the green economy is about right now is promoting new products and services.
Moving Pittsburgh from its industrial roots into the next generation of green job development requires the kind of whole-system thinking that has been a hallmark of GTECH Strategies' various green economy initiatives. "If folks who come through your program don't get hired, then it doesn't matter what you're doing," says Director of Green Economy Initiatives, Khari Mosley, "We've brought non-traditional partners together and helped them realize that they are actually perfect partners. We've been able to push people out of the silos of private job training" that way.

Khari says there was a lot of momentum behind the green economy in 2009, but political winds have since changed: "We've really had to learn how to be creative." GTECH has overcome that adversity to develop a series of innovative programs around energy efficiency, sustainable development, and green workforce training. One such project developed in cooperation with a local community development corporation recruits local youth, ages 18-21, and will provide them with job training to construct a nine mile trail that will provide employment for the same crew for 10 years. In the process, it will help these youth gain certification for future careers in the green economy.

For green professionals who already have job training, Khari points to Pittsburgh's aging housing stock as an upcoming job creator in the area. He says up to 40 percent of Pittsburgh housing will need to be retrofitted in the coming years. Including new home construction, that would lead to green building projects on up to 100, 000 homes.

Volunteering with GTECH could be a great opportunity for emerging green professionals looking to scope out job opportunities in Pittsburgh. "We've been lucky to be at the intersection of all that's happening," Khari says, "Our continued success is everyone's success."
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