Agenda 2018

8:30 – 9:00 am
REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:25
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

State Government
eea picThe State of Massachusetts is the largest green employer in Massachusetts.  Learn about departments dedicated to the environment, employment opportunities, and how to find employment.
Johanna Zabriskie Deputy Human Resources Director, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), State of Massachusetts – assigned to support human resources management with the Department of Fish and Game, Department of Agricultural Resources, and State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board.

Educating for the Anthropocene
nancy woodLearn about a Social Science-based sustainability studies program focused on eco-societal challenges and opportunities that prepares students for resilient-sustainability thinking and behavior in domestic, professional and community life.  Can be applied to multiple areas including Elementary Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health and Health Sciences, Hospitality Services, Ocean Sciences, Sustainable Agriculture and Water Management.
Nancy Lee Wood Professor of Sociology, Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Sustainability Studies Program, Bristol Community College

Worthwhile Internships
annie wIf you’re going to spend a semester or summer with an organization make sure you’ll be learning as much as possible.  Check out basic legal requirements, questions to ask during an interview, and things to consider before accepting the position.
Annie Wolf  CVA, Volunteer Program Manager, The Trustees of Reservations
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9:30 – 9:55
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Leadership and Sustainability:  Mayors’ Climate Summit
lauren zLearn about the 2018 US Mayors’ Climate Summit in Boston where mayors spoke about their current initiatives and plans going forward. They will certainly lead us to a greener infrastructure and greener jobs in Massachusetts where 92+% of our population live in urban areas.
Lauren Zingarelli Director of Communications and Community Engagement, City of Boston – Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space

Rebuilding the School-to-Career Pipeline
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Learn about the development and evolution of a student internship partnership between Nashoba Regional High School and World Farmers in Lancaster MA.  Topics covered will include how to make contact with potential partners, searching for and writing grants, the challenges of managing and sustaining partnerships, and lessons learned along the way.
Timothy Castner Social Studies Teacher at Nashoba Regional High School; Grant Coordinator at World Farmers

Your Green Career Plan – Workshop
amanda picWhat’s your career goal?  What do you need to do to get there?  What do you need to learn?  How do you gain the experience required? Plot your first step in a new direction, with help from our returning career coach.
Amanda Peters Associate Director & Career Coach, Harvard Kennedy School
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10:00 – 10:25
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Municipal Careers
adam chEnvironmental issues are at the top of the list in many communities. Learn about community sustainability initiatives and the many public and private stakeholders doing this important work.
Adam Chapledaine, Town Manager, Arlington
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The Blue Economy
kevin d jpegMassachusetts has a thriving “blue economy” that supports thousands of good, local jobs in tourism, off-shore wind energy, ports, harbors and marinas, fisheries, aquaculture, scientific research, and more. Join this session to find your own career in the Commonwealth’s growing marine-based economy.
Kevin Doyle President, Green Economy; professional development consulting work has included NOAA’s Coastal Management, Digital Coast Management, National Coral Reef Conservation Management Fellowship Programs (in partnership with the Department of the Interior), and several state and territory coastal zone management programs

Shaping the Future of Sustainability
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Learn about Drawdown, a forward-looking book by Paul Hawken, that describes 100 solutions measured and modeled for their carbon impact through the year 2050.  Sector summaries include electricity generation, food, women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transportation, and materials. The UN Sustainable Development Goals will also be introduced.
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10:30 – 10:55
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Millennials in Local & State Government
rick reibMany students seek careers that make a positive environmental impact and some are doing important environmental research while in college. Their work on real world problems and solutions is valuable learning experience for the students and valuable assistance to government environmental agencies.
Rick Reibstein Lecturer, Environmental Law, Boston University and Harvard DCE; retired Senior Environmental Analyst, State of Massachusetts
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Navigating the Hiring Process – Interview Workshop
michelle wLearn about how you prepare for an interview, present yourself during an interview, and plan for negotiating aspects of the job like your salary.
Michelle Waters Ekanem Director of Diversity and Civil Rights, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
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Careers for the Blue Planet
blue planetLearn about a spectrum of careers – in government, non-profits, business, and education – that focus on water locally and globally.
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11 – 11:55
PLENARY (WHOLE AUDIENCE)

Employers Are Hiring
hr picHuman resource directors describe their hiring processes, current job openings, and future prospects with regard to green jobs.
Emcee Amanda Peters, Associate Director and Career Coach, Harvard Kennedy School
Employers Ameresco, Upper Blackstone Pollution Abatement District, Executive Office of Energy and Environment, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

12:00-12:55
LUNCH
Meet employers and presenters, and enjoy networking.  Lunch will be provided by Farm to Fork Catering.

1:00 – 1:25
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Blue Cities
pallavi.You’ve heard about Green Communities but have you heard about Blue Cities?  The majority of the world’s population live in urban areas near oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams.  Learn about Blue Cities and related careers.
Pallavi Mande Director of Blue Cities, Charles River Watershed Association
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Educating the 21st Century Workforce
ma logoSustainability is everywhere and will continue to advance. How it relates to your work and your employer has an impact on efficiency, quality, and sustainability standards moving forward.  Learn about employer partnerships, training/education trends and industry career trends.
Robert LePage Assistant Secretary of Career Education, Executive Office of Education, State of Massachusetts
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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife HQ – Tour
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Enjoy a guided tour of the working environment of Mass Wildlife staff in their beautiful LEED Platinum building!
Susan Sacco Assistant to the Director, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
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1:30 – 1:55
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Industry Association Career Resources
Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 5.18.59 PMAre you exploring career opportunities and ideas?  Many industry associations have excellent events for networking and professional development, training info, job listings, and other relevant industry/career info.  Explore the endless possibilities in this session!
Robert LePage Assistant Secretary of Career Education, Executive Office of Education, State of Massachusetts
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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife HQ – Tour
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Enjoy a guided tour of the working environment of Mass Wildlife staff in their beautiful LEED Platinum building!
Susan Sacco Assistant to the Director, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
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2:00 – 3:30
NETWORKING / RECEPTION

NOTES:
– Agenda subject to change.
– Coaching will be available at the conference at no additional charge; sign up at registration when you arrive.