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March Campus Sustainability Events: Undergraduate Sustainability Discussion and Green Careers Night

By Phil Jutras ꞌ65

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Undergraduate Sustainability Discussion

March was Green Month at BC, and it began with a sustainability discussion with students facilitated by Allison Reilly of BC’s Career Center.  Reilly was joined by BCEEAN representative Phil Jutras, who discussed a variety of careers and sectors involving sustainability.

Twenty undergraduates with an interest in green careers learned about emerging roles in sustainability, including corporate energy management, energy renewal, and water filtration and conservation.  The discussion also covered state and federal policy roles on energy and the environment, and highlighted nonprofits’ growing roles as sustainability managers at utilities and universities.  All of these areas represent a growing source of green jobs.

Students inquired about majors such as Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.  An important factor in pursuing careers in the green sector is the development of a personal mindset that encompasses one’s lifestyle and commitment to the environment.  What we do every day in the way of preserving resources and conserving and reducing waste is the foundation for exploring a career involving sustainability.

Green Careers Night

On March 26th, the BC Career Center, in cooperation with EcoPledge, the Environmental Studies Program, and BCEEAN, hosted a green careers night.  Over 70 highly motivated students and 24 organizations, including green businesses, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations, convened in the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons.

After providing an introduction regarding their current roles within their organizations, each green organization representative, including a number of BC alums, gave a brief introduction regarding their organization’s focus and offered career-related information for their respective sector.  The participating green organizations included, among others, the Charles River Conservancy, EnerNOC, NSTAR, First Wind, Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Decade –  Newton, and Synapse Energy Economics.

Each student had an opportunity to connect with organizations from different green sectors, engaging in informal discussions with alumni and business representatives.  Of the 70 students attending, many left with a deeper understanding of entry-level opportunities in emerging energy and environmental sectors and with an appreciation for various career tracks in sustainability and environmental resources.

Rachel Greenberg of the Career Center organized the event with support from Tara Pisani Gareau, Noah Snyder and the faculty of the Environmental Studies Program, Liza Degenring (ꞌ16) of EcoPledge, Bob Pion of the Sustainability Office, and Phil Jutras of BCEEAN.

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