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February 3, 2017

Join the Roberts Environmental Center …

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 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 3, 2017 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Claremont McKenna College

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Consulting

James Del Monaco (Engineering Sustainability Director, P2S)
Chris Gurney (Wetlands Program Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)
Dallas Holmes PO ’64 (Former CEQA Judge, County of Riverside)

Freeburg Forum, LC 62 Kravis
11:30 a.m. (lunch) 12-1 p.m. (talk) Lunch & Keynote Presentation: Bob Hemphill, “From Jobs to Joules: The Current and Future State of Energy” Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room
1:15 p.m.–2 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Law 

Michelle Black CMC ’04 (Associate Attorney, Chatten-Brown and Carstens LLP)
Hilary Haskell CMC ’14 (Environmental Specialist, San Diego Gas & Electric)
Susan Iott (Assistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office)
Steven Rogers (Chief Counsel of Environment, Health and Safety, The Boeing Company)

Freeburg Forum, LC 62 Kravis
2:15 p.m–3 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Business

Julie Ogilvie CMC ’99 (President, Artemis Environmental Services)
Teresa Spezio (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, Pitzer College)
Armando Peniche Bustamante (Axak Energy)

Freeburg Forum, LC 62 Kravis
3:15 p.m.–4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Environmental Non-Profits

Melissa Johnson (Southern California Regional Director, NatureBridge)
Meg Hiesinger (Director of Community Engagement, The Ecology Center)
Cynthia Corrales (Workforce Development and Volunteer Coordinator, GRID Alternatives)

Marc Brody ’83 (Senior Advisor, Wolong Nature Reserve)

Freeburg Forum, LC 62 Kravis
1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Career Fair I-Place Courtyard

Details of the Conference:

On February 3, 2017, the Roberts Environmental Center will be hosting the third 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 will cater to all 5C students interested in creating positive environmental change through their careers and center on a keynote lunch presentation at the Athenaeum, which  will set the tone for the four panel discussions and accompanying career fair. The panel presentations will offer 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 panelists will focus on careers in environmental business, law, non-profits and consulting.

We will also be hosting the career fair alongside the Career Services event taking place in McKenna Auditorium. This will provide an opportunity for students to discuss specific career opportunities and facilitate a lasting connection between the Claremont community and innovative environmental firms.

Our goal for the Green Careers Conference is to give students a broad perspective of the careers available in the environmental field. Our team intends 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, we hope 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 90 applications for student employee positions this fall, and the student-led environmental clubs on campus have a student following of nearly 200 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.

The REC shares a vision for engaging Claremont students in real-world, environmental issues. We hope this conference will inspire students to think in innovative ways to enhance Claremont McKenna College and the greater Claremont community’s commitment to environmental initiatives.

For more information or if you are interested in serving on a panel at the Conference, contact organizer Jessie Capper at JCapper17@students.claremontmckenna.edu.