February 6, 2015

Join the Roberts Environmental Center and ImpACT…

for a day of discussion, networking and presentations on the opportunities for today’s graduates to join the growing field of sustainable and environmental careers. A keynote presentation by renowned environmental leader David Orr and panel presentations by green industry leaders will highlight the opportunities and challenges facing green jobs today in environmental law, consulting, nonprofits and corporate enterprise. Tabling by numerous companies and organizations with environmental career options and sustainability interests will give students the chance to engage directly in possible career and internship opportunities.  

Conference Schedule

February 6, 2015 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Claremont McKenna College  

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Consulting Panelists: Hilary Haskell, LSA Associates Jon Roberts,Cadmus Group Ryan Miller,Malk Consulting Freeburg Forum
11:30 a.m. (lunch)12-1 p.m. (talk) Lunch Keynote: “Hot Careers in a Warming World” Speaker: David Orr, Distinguished Environmental Studies and Politics Professor, Oberlin College Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room
1:15 p.m.–2 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Law & Government Panelists: Bill Christian, Yale Tom McHenry, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Holly Stout, Legal Council Cal Air Board Davidson Lecture Hall
2:15 p.m–3 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Business Panelists: Gregg Clevenger, Lanza Tech Jenna Goodward, Microsoft Peter Fankuchen, Hydroponics Julie Ogilvie, AECOM Zach Weismann, Sustainable Brands Davidson Lecture Hall
3:15 p.m.–4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Non-Profits Panelists: Megan Wargo, Pacific Trust Jessica Dillon, The Nature Conservancy David Landecker, Environmental Defense Council Davidson Lecture Hall
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Career Fair I-Place Courtyard

  Event Detail:

On February 6th, 2015, the Roberts Environmental Center, in a new partnership with Student impACT, hosted the first annual Green Careers Conference at Claremont McKenna to energize students around the breadth of environmental career possibilities and foster a discussion on key environmental issues and solutions.

The conference catered to all 5C students interested in creating positive environmental change through their careers. The conference centered on a keynote lunch presentation at the Athenaeum by David Orr, Distinguished Environmental Studies and Politics Professor from Oberlin College. Mr. Orr spoke on environmental leadership and will set the tone for the four panel discussions and accompanying career fair.

The panel presentations offered a forum for students to engage with environmental experts and 5C graduates working in the environmental field to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities to create change through green careers.  The panel presentations included 12 panelists and focus on careers in environmental business, law, non-profits and consulting. The career fair was hosted alongside the Career Services event taking place in McKenna Auditorium. This provided an opportunity for students to discuss specific career opportunities and facilitate a lasting connection between the Claremont community and innovative environmental firms.

The goal of the Green Careers Conference is to give students a broad perspective of the careers available in the environmental field. The team intended to show students how environment and economic objectives can be achieved at the same time, and to foster a discussion on environmental solutions through green careers. Ultimately, the hope is to motivate students to pursue careers that contribute to positive environmental change and start a tradition of engagement and leadership in environmental professions at the Claremont Colleges.

There is growing evidence of a strong student interest in environmental professions. The Roberts Environmental Center received 49 applications for student employee positions this past fall and the student-led environmental club on campus has a student following of nearly 150 individuals. Along with the school’s recent acceptance to the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative, CMC is perfectly poised to be a leader in preparing students for advanced, environmentally responsible careers. Student impACT and the REC share a vision for engaging Claremont students in real-world, environmental issues.

 

We hope this conference inspired students to think in innovative ways to enhance Claremont McKenna College and the greater Claremont community’s commitment to environmental initiatives. For more information, contact organizers Jake Shimkus jshimkus15@cmc.edu, or Jessie Capper Jcapper17@cmc.edu, Jenna Perelmam Jperelma2452@scrippscollege.edu, Liza Farr Efarr15@cmc.edu, and Janelle Shiozaki jshiozaki16@cmc.edu.