Co-Owner And Managing Broker
GreenWorks Realty
• Students that are interested in realty should prepare themselves like traditional real estate agents but can also further their education with programs like Eco-Brokers and the National Association of Realtors green designation, as well as other coaching and training programs.
• Washington State has a program called Green Agent Essentials that helps educate agents about green building in Washington State.
• Be an entrepreneur. Look to leverage and grow markets. Green technologies can have an impact, be a selling point, and help differentiate your services in industries which are just embracing green, like realty sales.
As co-owner of GreenWorks Realty, Ben Kaufman is a pioneer in the green industry. GreenWorks Realty is the first company in the United States to focus on green and community focused building. Ben says that 60 percent of his customers consider the green aspects of a property that they are purchasing. Ben also pointed out the impact of green building in the local Seattle area. The ECert Report, compiled by GreenWorks Realty, shows that certified green homes make up over 30 percent of new construction in King County and that buyers put a premium on these homes. In addition, pedestrian oriented developments, such as Trails at Newcastle, promise green amenities that can reduce energy consumption and carbon output. Green building and realty is going to continue to see growth in environmentally conscious areas like the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle Climate Partnership (Seattle City Government)
• Graduate programs in environmental sciences are going to be required for workers looking for environmental management positions in city governments.
• Writing and speaking skills are important for resource information officers working on environmental programs.
• Seattle University offers a masters degree in non-profit leadership. The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington has a nonprofit executive leadership program as well.
The Seattle Climate Partnership is an agreement among public and private organizations in the city of Seattle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Seattle metropolitan area has been a leader in both public and private green funding and should continue to be a national leader in green tech. As director of this partnership, Charlie Cunniff works with local businesses to help them implement sustainability programs.

Charlie also highlighted the Carbon Neutral City program that is currently in the planning stage. Seattle city government is attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a number of avenues, including low carbon transportation initiatives and programs designed to create greener, more energy efficient buildings.
Development Director
Washington Wildlife And Recreation Coalition
• Political science majors are often hired by environmental lobbying and non-profit citizens groups, however a variety of college majors are needed.
• Passion for environmental causes and networking are the two most important ingredients in a green jobs search.
• Green Drinks, a green jobs networking event, is a good place for recent graduates to find connections that can lead to employment in organizations like the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition lobbies to protect wild habitats, parks, and working farms. As Director of Development, Carrie Bates works with donors who care about protecting Washington's quality of life now and for future generations. Carrie highlighted the great work that the organization does in Washington State, including leveraging funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and for the Land and Water Conservation Program.
Office And Program Assistant
Washington Native Plant Society
• Many majors can be useful in environmental advocacy, but environmental engineering is one of the more prominent.
• Work in environmental consulting is more profitable than work in non-profits. Environmental consulting firms hire from a number of majors including botany, fisheries management, forestry and wildlife biology.
• Two exciting and growing new green technologies include DNA sequencing and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
The Washington Native Plant Society mission includes conservation, advocacy, and public outreach to protect Washington State's native plants. Linda Ellis, a retired landscape architect, works at the Seattle headquarters coordinating volunteers and managing several WNPS projects.

The society has hired interns from the University of Washington. Linda also specifically mentioned the programs at Edmonds Community College as another great educational resource.

Two emerging technologies that appear to have a bright future include GIS and DNA Sequencing. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a technology that can be helpful in many green careers, including Botany. DNA sequencing is a leading science that has led to far greater understanding of plant taxonomy.
Outreach And Media Coordinator
Nature Consortium
• Experiential learning: Volunteering with Nature Consortium offers hands-on conservation experience to add to one's resume.
• Tech-savvy: In the non-profit world, a large portion of the target audience is wired into some form of media. Social media skills are a great plus for environmental professionals who are able to take their organization's message and meet people where they are already spending much of their time.
• Area of need: Fundraising is a talent as much as a skill. Organizations like Nature Consortium value team members who can offer this ability.
The rich natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest make the combination of the arts and environmental conservation an easy pairing. Nature Consortium is a grassroots, community-based organization whose mission is to connect people, arts and nature. They produce a Youth Art Program, an Urban Forest Restoration Project and the Arts in Nature Festival.
The Youth Art Program teaches youth about the environment while discovering their creative talents. Nature Consortium offers a variety of classes designed to increase participants' artistic skill and environmental knowledge, positive identity, connection to the environment and social competence. In West Seattle's Duwamish Greenbelt, volunteers with the Urban Forest Restoration Project remove invasive plant species, add mulch, clean up litter, and install native plants. The Arts In Nature Festival is an experiential performing-arts based event, which includes a wide variety of live music performances, dance troupes, aerial & fire performances, interactive arts activities, illuminaria, and sound & visual installations in 8 rustic cabins creating a Museum of Sound that festival attendees can explore and interact with.
Seattle has a large network of environmental organizations like Nature Consortium. Outreach and Media coordinator Monica Thomas also mentioned the long history of environmental programs at local universities. Both the University of Washington and Washington State University have long-established programs in environmental sciences. The University of Washington's School of Forest Resources has been operating for over 100 years. This extensive environmental network makes Seattle a great market for green and environmental professionals.
Communications Director
NW Energy Coalition
• Professionals focused on seeking out policy-focused networks should consider organizations like Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington League of Conservation Voters.
• Internships: for students looking to gather policy experience, organizations like NW Energy Coalition often consider candidates for summer internships. Being connected to their network of partners sometimes offers access to job availabilities that wouldn't normally be accessible to the general public.
• Inroads to policy careers: While many professionals start off working at an entry level policy position in green and environmental advocacy organizations or in departmental offices of municipal or state government, another possible career path would be to start out as a communications director for an advocacy group and build adequate knowledge of the issues and key players in order to make a switch to policy.
For 30 years the NW Energy Coalition has advocated a clean and affordable energy future for the region, promoting development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Recently, the coalition has focused on transitioning the region off of coal, playing an instrumental role in the plans to transition Portland General Electric's Boardman Power Plant off of coal generated power by 2020. They also took a central role in advocating for the transition off of coal power at Washington's Trans Alta power plant by half in 2020 and completely off-line in 2025. "People don't realize that coal creates most of our air pollution in Washington, despite the small percentage of energy production in the state that it represents," said Communications Director Marc Krasnowsky, "A lot of people don't realize that coal power is there. They see hydro power and assume our power in the region is completely clean."

Another main thrust of NW Energy Coalition's recent work has been advocating for energy transmission policies that will overcome the barriers that divide energy-balancing areas. Certain geographical areas and bureaucratic areas can cause local control issues surrounding energy transmission, and the coalition has been involved in a West-wide plan that will minimize the need for new transmission lines by focusing first on energy efficiency, better use of existing lines, and freeing transmission reserved for coal and other energy interests. "We need to get people on adjustable transmission schedules to share equipment," said Krasnowsky, "This is different that what transmission operators are used to."

Beyond their numerous, ongoing policy projects, NW Energy Coalition's website holds an extensive archive of clean energy policy resources for professionals who need to remain up-to-speed on regional energy policy. A recent post on their website noted that the recent completion of the 6th Northwest Power Plan could cause a net creation of 47,000 jobs attributable to clean energy efforts in the region in the next 20 years, a good sign that Seattle market will continue to be a competitive green and environmental jobs market.
Education Director
• EarthCorps accepts 22 United States applicants for a year term of service and 18-20 international trainees, with opportunities for an additional year of leadership training.
• A tenacious work ethic is key to being successful in environmental restoration work.
• An extensive network: There are around 100 separate corps around the country. EarthCorps members often go on to train and take on leadership, or find job placement through other corps.
Founded 18 years ago by returning Peace Corps member, Dwight Wilson, EarthCorps trains future environmental leaders to approach habitat restoration in a global context through practical application. Rather than sending United States leadership to other countries, EarthCorps invites both national and International trainees to learn how to work with global partners and help build global understanding through the lens of environmental work.
Trainees spend 80 percent of their time learning in the field, working on trail building projects, invasive species work, tree planting, and back country work. Corps members receive training in the basics of geographic information systems, map reading, restoration plan creation, implementation. The remaining time is spent learning habitat training leadership and community building skills. "Everyone leads a work crew, learning leadership style and how to work as a team," said Education Director Sharon London.
With over 1,000 alumni, the EarthCorps has seen past trainees go on to take leadership roles in local, national, and international conservation groups, government environmental departments, and alumni-founded international conservation corps. Other alumni go on to further graduate study before entering the workforce. "Being an EarthCorps Alumni is a great status for applying to grad school," London said, "and for getting a good job."
Vice President
The Conservation Campaign
• To work in an executive position like Frankfourth, hard-bitten political campaign experience is required. Working on a ballot measure campaign is a good place to start.
• For professionals looking for an executive position in a land trust or other land-focused conservation organization, a background in real estate is one viable path to advancement.
• A degree in non-profit management can become an advantage for candidates applying to an executive position where several local non-profit groups are attempting to consolidate into a single, larger entity. Because of current economic conditions, this scenario has become common for environmental groups working at a local level
The Conservation Campaign is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action to create, renew and protect public funding for conservation. In last year's national midterm elections, the 36 conservation funding measures on the November ballot, 30 passed, creating more than $2 billion in new funding for land conservation and capping a year of 41 wins out of 49 measures. The 84 percent passage rate was the second-highest ever-despite a difficult economic climate.
Among the factors contributing to their continued success despite economically challenging conditions, Conservation Campaign Vice President Dee Frankfourth said, "We've used the same tried and true footwork. We've learned in the last 15 years what language to use to communicate with voters, focusing on our shared values. And what's dear to them becomes even more dear to them during a recession."
Frankfourth has run state-wide environmental campaigns in which she hired Green Corps and Clean Water Action canvassers, and she has seen first hand how beneficial working in the field can be when starting a career in environmental advocacy: "Sometimes meeting voters on their turf really does have an impact. In campaign work, doing it the good, old-fashioned way does pay dividends."
Executive Director
EOS Alliance
• EOS Alliance's Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) provides leadership in the development and implementation of training and certification programs that allow professionals to understand and comply with regional and national regulations, and increase their expertise in diverse areas.
• Carbon Tech Alliance is a partnership of EOS Alliance's NWETC division and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and is sponsored by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Training in Carbon Capture and Storage is available through NWETC.
EOS Alliance fosters an ecologically sustainable world through diverse educational opportunities, professional training, and strategic partnerships in the Pacific Northwest. Executive Director James workman said their Northwest Environmental Training Center has provided high-level scientific training to environmental professionals from over 65 government agencies and 35 private consulting firms. EOS Alliance partners with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, whose work on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) continues to contribute to the understanding of how CCS technology might be brought to market. Although the technology is still in an early stage, with no guarantee when or how the technology might become economically viable, it could potentially create a new industry that could transform how carbon pollution from traditional forms of energy production are prevented from entering the atmosphere.

The Northwest is an excellent place to study CCS due to naturally abundant underground deposits of basalt in Eastern Washington, a material which could potentially be effective at interacting with carbons and capturing them in crystalized form, if future research reveals no unwanted side-effects. If the best hopes for CCS technology become a reality, the region will benefit greatly from the groundwork that EOS Alliance and its partner organizations are currently preparing.
Senior Researcher
Sightline Institute
• Innovate: Policy work requires the ability to use facts and figures creatively in developing effective policy solutions. Emerging policy specialists can start a blog about a point of interest the showcases strong writing and original concepts.
• Good policy professionals are good storytellers who enjoy telling stories using math. This is a rare quality, and a key to excelling in a policy career.
• Sightline Institute's website is a key destination for any professional looking to remain up-to-date on sustainability policy, research, and ideas covering the Cascadia region.
Seattle-based Sightline Institute provides Cascadia's community problem solvers with practical vision and innovative thinking, inspiring and empowering them to bring about a healthy, lasting prosperity. The true significance of Sightline's work lies not in the specific advances it has encouraged, but in the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of daily acts of progress that it helps empower, and the ideas that it helps plant.

This year, Sightline Institute's policy work addressing coal in the Pacific Northwest was instrumental in coal opponent's success in the decision to phase out coal production at Washington's TransAlta power plant, the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the state. The think tank also notably publishes the Cascadia Scorecard, a sustainability measurement tool for the region that tracks seven trends that are crucial to the region's future: health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife, and pollution. Sightline Institute's research and policy contributions provide the region's advocates for a green economy with the resources to ensure that green job growth will continue.
Program Manager
Washington Water Trust
• Washington Water Trust regularly offers internships in the summer and during university semesters to students studying environmental science and/ or demonstrate a passion for water use issues.
• A unique career path: Although the staff for many water trust organizations have a majority of members with an environmental science background, one could possibly transition from a real estate background to trust work if there was a knowledge purchasing laws, as well as a grasp of the economics, water law, agriculture, fisheries, and hydrology involved in water trust work.
• Professionals looking to network in the Seattle area should consider attending or volunteering for the Washington Water Trust's annual fundraising event to connect with other water conservation community members.
Since 1998, Washington Water Trust has been working to restore stream flows that help sustain the fisheries, water quality and recreational resources vital to everyone. The trust brokers arrangements for stream water-use deals with support from Washington state Department of Ecology, as well as working closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and private landowners. Project Manager Amanda Cronin works closes with water users to develop water use solutions that are market based and end in a win-win result for water-users and stream managers. Adequate stream flow is critical for native fish such as salmon and steelhead, yet many Washington streams have become flow limited as demands increase for shared water resources. Using the Washington State Trust Water Program and cooperating with diverse partners, Washington Water Trust's innovative and market-based projects protect and restore Washington streams while honoring the values of its partners. For environmental professionals seeking out job leads in the region, Washinton Water Trust partners at The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program are well connected with regional water-use organizations who may have job openings. Emerging professionals can gain water conservation experience by volunteering with the Washington Water Trust and reading about current issues in environmental flows and water conservation work. For further information visit http://washingtonwatertrust.org/get-involved .
President And CEO
Washington Clean Technology Alliance
• The Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) maintains an active website and blog that serves as a clearinghouse for news and developments in the field. Professionals looking to keep up with clean technology issues can visit http://wacleantech.org/ .
• Students looking to work on research projects for college credits can propose an internship with WCTA.
• Local company McKinstry is one of the largest building management firms in the nation. It operates an Innovation Center in Seattle and its energy efficiencybusiness is growing quickly.. Look to McKinstry for hiring opportunities in the area.
Washington Clean Technology Alliance is a trade organization that is working to facilitate the generation and growth of clean tech companies, jobs, and products in Washington State. The organization played an active role in advocating legislation that led to the creation of Innovate Washington and the Clean Energy Partnership, a program that will help bring new clean technology ventures to market in the state. WCTA also offers cost-reducing health care plans to its 74 member companies, research institutions, and organizations.
The Washington Clean Technology Alliance is a trade organization that is working to facilitate the generation and growth of clean tech companies, jobs, and products in Washington State. The organization played an active role in advocating legislation that led to the creation of Innovate Washington and the Clean Energy Partnership, a program that will help bring new clean technology ventures to market in the state. WCTA also offers cost-reducing health care plans to its 74 member companies and research institutions. WCTA President Tom Ranken says Washington State is a top 10 player among clean technology-focused states. The WCTA website is a clearinghouse of information designed to help build the industry. In addition, WCTA maintains a newsletter and a constantly updated blog. "We blog everything that we can find," Ranken said. He encourages clean technology professionals to come to network at the monthly WCTA events to seek out like-minded members and learn about new developments in the sector. Search the WCTA website for a schedule of upcoming events.
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