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JONATHAN KRAATZ
Executive Director
North Texas Chapter Green Building Council
• Volunteer at organizations like the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC has chapters in most large metropolitan areas. The American Institute of Architecture is also a good place to find information.
• Updates in building code will drive new jobs in green building. Cities are adopting stricter building green building codes. Many cities now require LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings for new city-owned construction projects.
• The ability to find the ROI (Return on Investment) for a project is a very valuable skill in the green building industry.
The U.S Green Building Council is a national non-profit organization that works to promote sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. The North Texas chapter of the (USGBC) is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is led by Executive Director Jonathan Kraatz.
CHRISTINE CHAPA
Communications Director
Solar San Antonio
• San Antonio is a hotspot for solar and other types of renewable energy. Texas is one of the top states for solar energy production.
• The Alamo Colleges and the University of Texas at San Antonio have created alternative energy programs, including a program for solar installers.
• The Texas Solar Energy Society is a great place to look for job and networking opportunities. This organization hosts the Renewable Energy Roundup and Sustainable Living Fair, a three day event that might be the best solar networking opportunity in Texas.
Solar San Antonio is a non-profit that works to educate San Antonio's public, goverment, and business communities on the benefits of solar energy. The organization hosts events, provides information about solar rebates, and offers training and job information.
J.D. PORTER
President
Zero Waste Alliance
• Recycling is about markets. You need to understand how markets can use recycled material in order to understand recycling.
• Policy is very important to recycling. An educational background in policy can be useful.
JONATHAN KRAATZ
Executive Director
North Texas Chapter Green Building Council
• Volunteer at organizations like the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC has chapters in most large metropolitan areas. The American Institute of Architecture is also a good place to find information.
• Updates in building code will drive new jobs in green building. Cities are adopting stricter building green building codes. Many cities now require LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings for new city-owned construction projects.
• The ability to find the ROI (Return on Investment) for a project is a very valuable skill in the green building industry.
The U.S Green Building Council is a national non-profit organization that works to promote sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. The North Texas chapter of the (USGBC) is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is led by Executive Director Jonathan Kraatz.
ANNE CULVER
Executive Director
Scenic Houston
• Green tech is a growth industry in Houston. The petrochemical industry is heavily invested in alternative forms of energy and will continue to create green jobs with research facilities in Houston.
• Business in Houston is recognizing the economic value of trees, green landscaping and clean air. Businesses want to locate in a clean attractive environment and this will create new jobs.
• Look to the Houston Green Scene (houstongreenscene.org) for networking opportunities.
Groups like Scenic Houston represent a unique niche in the environmental movement. Scenic Houston incorporates more business support than most green movement organizations. With lax zoning law and strong free enterprise support, Houston developed a concrete and billboard freeway landscape that was both unattractive and unhealthy.

As executive director of Scenic Houston, Anne Culver leads an organization that has improved and beautified Houston with trees and landscaping. With the exception of the billboard industry, Houston businesses are recognizing the economic value of landscaping, trees, and controlled use of signage. Attractive places attract new business, better employees, and more jobs.

Green jobs in Houston will continue to be centered around the petrochemical (oil) industry. After ecological disasters like the BP Gulf oil spill, petrochemical companies need the positive press that investment in green industry creates. Energy companies will need to transition to new and hopefully greener forms of energy as oil supplies dwindle. This should substantially drive the growth of green technologies and green jobs in Houston.
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