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SANDY PICKARD
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.
TOM RAWLS
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.
MARK GRAY
Recruitment Director
Clean Water Action Rhode Island
• Canvassing at an organization like Mark's is a great way to get a career in politics or environmental policy off of the ground.
• Become tenacious: working in environmental advocacy is often a test of communication skill. With proper motivation there is opportunity for rapid advancement.
• Are you a people person? People who excel at canvassing have developed the strong communications and leadership skills that will translate to many people-driven green jobs.
Mark Gray maintains a recruitment presence for Clean Water Action on several fronts, including online visibility, university campus visits, and Earth Day events. Clean Water Action has worked in the Providence area for 20 years and canvasses year-round to educate the public on both local and national initiatives. A current campaign in Rhode Island pushes for producer responsibility legislation, which would hold manufacturers responsible for recycling and disposal of waste material, offer incentives to green their processes, and mandate certain toxic substances be replaced with natural alternatives, when possible.

"I would say there's a thriving environmental community," Mark says of Providence. Local environmental leaders include the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Conservation Law Society, Ocean State Action, and the Environmental Justice League. Clean Water Action also partners with local institutions such as Rhode Island College, Providence College, and Brown University. The strength of the local environmental community makes Providence an excellent career location for environmental professionals.
PRISCILLA DE LA CRUZ
Marketing Director
People's Power And Light
• Network as a volunteer: People's Power and Light accepts volunteers, which offers exposure to other green energy non-profits and companies in the area.
• Keep an eye out for similar organizations: I was just at a conference where people in New Jersey and New York showed interest in People's Power and Light's organizational model.
• Skill sets: Working with community groups helps develop public education and advocacy skills. Organizations like People's Power and Light look for outreach experience and a strong communications background.
With the importance of supporting renewable energy alternatives growing in the public consciousness, People's Power & Light provides advocacy, education, and alternative energy buy-in programs that have proven successful in creating a tipping point for the people of Rhode Island. Marketing Manager Priscilla De La Cruz lists membership between People's Power & Light's Rhode Island and Massachusetts members at 23,000. Among their programs, the New England GreenStart program serves 8,000 of their members. Through electric utility National Grid's green power choice program, People's Power & Light offers New England GreenStart as an on-bill green power product. For members, New England GreenStart matches a member's monthly energy usage with renewable energy sources, featuring community-organized wind sources. Other sources include solar, small-hydro from environmentally friendly dams, and landfill gas.

For members not in National Grid territory, the New England Wind Fund offers renewable energy certificates, which members purchase to offset their monthly energy usage from fossil fuels, or one time events or gifts. People's Power & Light helps people understand how this relationship between the utility and communities works by organizing educational visits to local wind turbines. A number of new wind turbines are in development in Rhode Island, which has potential for industry growth in both offshore and land-based wind. People's Power & Light is located at the Gordon Avenue Business Incubator.
SANDY PICKARD
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.
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