2019

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8:30 – 9:00 am REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:25 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

State Government
eea logoThe 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 Human Resources Director, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
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GIS and Land Use
roganGIS Mapping is a tool often used to analyze land use and land cover (forests, food, wildlife habitat, transportation, buildings, recreation).  Learn about its applicability and jobs.
John Rogan Professor of Geography and Biology, Clark University – specializing in landscape ecology and GIS Science
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Explore Your Options
Screen Shot 2019-07-25 at 8.54.15 AMjenpDo you want to explore career opportunities and ideas?  Learn about current job listings, events for networking, and relevant industry/career info at several industry associations, including Mass Waterworks.
Jen Boudrie  Conference Director
Jennifer Pederson Executive Director, Massachusetts Waterworks Association Waterworks Jobs and NEWWA Careers

9:30 – 9:55 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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
Glynis Bugg Diversity and Civil Rights Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Sustainability Workshop
mardk2In this interactive session we will explore how sustainability principles can be incorporated into any kind of career or job function, even those not specifically designated for sustainability. How can people in accounting, teaching, manufacturing, admin, and other functions contribute to a more sustainable world? Come prepared to describe your own real-world experiences that conserved energy or resources, reduced pollution, improved social justice, or otherwise made things more sustainable, even though your role was not specifically sustainability focused.
Mark Myles Sustainability Professional, Educator, and Consultant

Nature-Based Solutions
sharon picCareers that protect, sustainably manage and restore our natural systems are essential for ecological health.  Hear about current trends, including a shift from engineering nature to helping nature take the lead.  Ecological restoration and biodiversity are at the center of sustainability.  Learn about creating practical initiatives and interactions with government.
Sharon McGregor  Member, Board of Directors, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate; Former Assistant Secretary, Energy and Environmental Affairs, State of Massachusetts

10:00 – 10:25 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Sustainable Living: Learn-Work-Play
lepageAdvancing sustainability has beceome a rewarding lifestyle choice for many professionals.  Learn how Suzanne’s parallel careers as a college professor (engineering and sustainability) and entrepreneur (successful food-to-table restaurant and brewery) is making her life and others immensely satisfying.
Suzanne LePage Instructor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Owner, Homefield Kitchen & Brewery

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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The Public Works
mersonEvery community has infrastructure – public buildings, roads, parks, utilities – managed by staff in the Public Works department.  The Public Works community is striving to educate the current workforce on sustainability maintenance practices, and in addition develop succession planning strategies for all public sector positions beginning at the elementary school level through middle school, high and technical school and higher education.  Informing interested future specialists about fulfilling carers in Public Works begins with exposure to the field.
Richard Merson  Director, Needham Public Works; past president of American Public Works Association, New England Chapter

10:30 – 10:55 CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Public Power
croyMassachusetts has 41 public power utilities that are not-for-profit, citizen-owned, and governed by locally elected boards. They have important roles in shaping their community’s environmental achievements to reach a 100% renewable power supply in the next few years and targets for community-wide adoption of electric vehicles and clean heating technology.  Learn about rewarding career paths in environmental stewardship, community engagement, municipal resilience, fiscal responsibility, and public policy.
Christopher Roy  General Manager, Belmont Power & Light

Water Quality and Nature-based Approaches
epa logoWatershed assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring includes many stakeholders:  elected officials, residents, experts, government staff, and more.
Myra Schwartz Assistance & Pollution Prevention Office, Environmental Protection Agency
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College to Career Connections
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Working on real world problems and solutions, students can provide valuable assistance to government agencies and make a positive environmental impact at the same time.
Rick Reibstein Lecturer, Environmental Law, Boston University and Harvard DCE; retired Senior Environmental Analyst, State of Massachusetts

11 – noon
The Keynote
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Facilitator: Rick Reibstein, Lecturer, Environmental Law, Boston University and Harvard DCE; retired Senior Environmental Analyst, State of Massachusetts
Introductory Remarks: John Regosin Deputy Director, MassWildlife
Keynote Panel:  Diverse government, sustainability and/or career development professionals cover timely topics of the day.
Michelle Waters Ekanem  Director of Diversity and Civil Rights, MassDEP
Sharon McGregor Member, Board of Directors, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate; Former Assistant Secretary, Energy and Environmental Affairs, State of Massachusetts
Suzanne LePage Instructor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Owner, Homefield Kitchen & Brewery
Richard Merson, Director, Needham Public Works; past president of American Public Works Association, New England Chapter
Christopher Roy General Manager, Belmont Power & Light
Samantha Perlman  City Council Candidate
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12:00 – 2:00
LUNCH, NETWORKING
Enjoy lunch, networking, speaking with presenters, and coaching.  

NOTES:
– Agenda subject to change.
– Coaching will be available during the conference at no additional charge; sign up at registration when you arrive.  This is a popular feature of the conference and appointments fill up!