Customer Service Manager
Bergey Windpower
• Get hands-on experience. If you are looking for training as a wind turbine technician, make sure that the program has a wind turbine and a tower on site.
• New Mexico State University's College of Engineering is becoming known for their wind program. They were awarded a $2 million grant for equipment to develop large-scale wind blade and component test facilities.
• Look oversees. The European market for wind energy is more developed that the US market. Wind Turbine technology is moving quickly in countries such as Holland.
Bergey Energy, a prominent Oklahoma wind energy company, is a pioneer in the Wind Turbine market. Bergey Energy developed from wind turbine research at the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s. Today, Bergey sells and manufactures wind turbines that are used around the world, including such far flung markets as Kenya, Romania, and Fiji.
Program Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
• SMUD's strategic partners offering networking opportunities include SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance), the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (Sacto), TechCoire. Visit their websites for more information on upcoming events.
• SMUD works closely with the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center and Sacramento State. Academic institutions like UC Davis often can suggest job leads and networking channels through community partners like SMUD.
• SMUD offers engineering internships through partnerships with local universities and community colleges.
Although Sacramento often takes a backseat to the other large California economies, when it comes to energy, Sacramento is on track to build a vibrant green economy. As the country's sixth largest municipal utility, SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) is one of the key players driving green economic growth in the area.

Projects that will spur job growth include SMUD's 128 megawatt Solano Wind Farm project-in-development, two separate solar farm projects, a 120 megawatt geothermal project to be completed between 2012 and 2013, a feed-in tariff program that will produce 100 megawatts of energy, and a pilot program to integrate solar arrays into two locations along Highway 50, near SMUD Headquarters in Sacramento and an interchange in the City of Rancho Cordova.

SMUD's Program Manager, Greg Hribar, says one of the benefits of being a public utility is that the customers are like shareholders: "We're not just here to make business partners. We're here to improve the community. Some SMUD projects don't always benefit the customer directly, but they do benefit the community. We're trying to be a leader." Greg says that a large contingency of SMUD employees will retire in the coming years, and the need to fill those jobs will provide additional economic stimulus.

He also points to the success of local start-ups like Folsom-based SynapSense Corporation as an indicator of Sacramento's promise as a green economy. "We prefer to utilize proven technology," Greg says, "but there have been a few cases where we partnered with a small company." In this case, SynapSense beta-tested its data-center technology at SMUD offices and was able to successfully bring the product to market. SMUD holds a series of events and seminars throughout the year, and is an excellent resource for emerging green professionals seeking employment in the Sacramento area.
Immediate Past President
Environmental Council Of Sacramento
• Network at the Sacramento Sustainability Forum's Monthly meet-up.
• Local professional organizations such as the Sacramento chapter of the American Institute of Architects offer potential job leads.
• The University of California, Davis Center for Regional Change has a great environmental planning program.
In his work with the 40-year-old Environmental Council of Sacramento, Alex works with local business and government to propose policies around land and water use that protect the local habitat. One of the big grinds in the Sacramento area, according to Alex, centers around the development of agricultural land. Future environmental jobs will develop as organizations such as the one Alex works with seek to prevent development of certain areas by asking for government consideration to designate these as local wildlands.

"California is rich with environmental consulting firms because of California's strict environmental rules," says Alex. The resulting need for engineers, biologists, hydrologists, and planners will continue to bring green job growth to Sacramento.
Program Director
SARTA Cleanstart
• I had a volunteer 3 years ago who was able to volunteer for clean tech companies and eventually get a job. Ultimately, perseverance may be as useful as any skill set.
• Network with organizations such as Green Capital Alliance, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and SARTA (Sacrament Area Regional Technology Alliance).
• Aspiring clean tech careerists can volunteer at the Clean Tech Showcase, (which Ingrid coordinates).
Many clean tech companies in the Sacramento area are going national and international, according to Ingrid. At SARTA Cleanstart she mentors start-up clean tech companies, bouncing ideas around with the entrepreneurs and providing support in the way of investor and potential employee referrals.

Sacramento enjoys world-class academic support from the nearby Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis. Ingrid lists biofuel as leading the clean tech sector in the Sacramento area. Local energy projects such as the wind farms going in along the Sacramento River ensure that the area will continue to see green job growth.
President And Chief Executive Officer
Green Technology Institute
• Food Security is a growing global concern. Vertical greenhouse technology is here and has a real future.
• Los Angeles is a hub for new electric car technology, but mechanics will also be needed for green car retrofitting.
• 3D software engineers will be needed to create programs like Google Earth that can help develop strategies for eco-design and energy efficiency.
Les Hamasaki founded the Green Technology Institute with 20 years of experience working in renewable energy planning with the City of Los Angeles. Now he's turned his energy to training the next generation of the green technology workforce. Les believes that the Los Angeles area has a bright green business future: "The Inland Empire is going to be the Saudi Arabia of green industry in the U.S. All of the major green industries will be there. Currently, the majority of the people who live in the Inland Empire are commuting into Los Angeles for jobs. By creating a local industrial base, we will be able to cut down on the work force's commute and lower pollution in the area." Local manufacturing will likely include LED lighting, Solar-voltaic cell, and biofuel and biomass technologies.

Les also points to Los Angeles efforts to draw clean tech business to an industrial corridor under redevelopment along the Los Angeles River. Les believes this corridor could become the 'Main Street' for the green economy in Los Angeles with light rail connecting new green housing developments to clean tech campuses.
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