Director Of Communications
Casey Trees
• Casey Trees has a great volunteer program, and partners extensively with influential organizations, companies, and municipal government in the D.C. environmental community.
• Local universities are involved in many aspects of D.C.'s green economic development. In particular, George Washington University's Architecture and Landscape department, American University's Office of Sustainable Development, and the architecture and planning departments at Catholic University and the University of Virginia.
• Washington D.C. is a great place to be job-searching. Check out their very active Green Drinks chapter.
Unlike a lot of leading green cities that continue to lag in the planning of green space and stormwater mitigation, Washington D.C. is drawing upon one of its original strengths, its tree canopy, to meet city sustainability goals. Casey Trees, a non-profit focused on restoring and enhancing the city's tree canopy, plays a central role in the D.C. area's greening efforts. "It's a very green-focused city," says Jared Powell, Casey Trees Director of Communications, "The city council members are very focused and involved."

In 2009, former Mayor Adrian Fenty announced a tree canopy goal of 40 percent by 2035, which amounts to around 8,600 trees per year. "What's great about Casey Trees is we offer several ways to help residents plant trees for free," Jared says. Programs vary from providing logistical support to groups looking to find locations to plant, to youth education and job training programs, to providing trees for planting at a substantial savings at $50 per tree. Casey Trees also partners with the Washington, D.C. Department of the Environment on its Riversmart Homes program to provide treescape auditing. This is just one of several DDOE programs that are bringing green economic development to the city.

The Spring of 2011, concluding on May 7, is Casey Trees' largest planting season to-date. More than 450 mature trees were planted across the District in less than three months. Environmentally minded professionals can volunteer with Casey Trees to get a grasp of the local green scene. "It's a great way of seeing different parts of the city," Jared says, "and it's a great way of forging community."
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.
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.
Republicans For Environmental Protection
• Working as a staffer in a political organization is a good place to get into environmental politics.
• All members of congress employ an environmental legislative assistant.
• You can work on sustainability inside corporations. Look for positions as Corporate Responsibility Officers or Sustainability Officers.
Republicans for Environmental Protection is an organization dedicate to restoring the GOP's great conservation legacy. Rob cites several environmental Republican presidents who established milestones in our nation. Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite. Ulysses S. Grant created Yellowstone, the first national park. Theodore Roosevelt championed conservation by designating 150 National Forests and five national parks. Even conservative icon Ronald Reagan ratified the Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone Layer. Rob's expertise is in Republican environmental politics but his advice could just as easily translate to the Democratic Party. While any college major can lead to a career in politics, law degrees are very common and any classes in environmental science would also be helpful. Look for entry level positions as political staffers, at think tanks, or in foundations.
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.
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