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Climate Careers Summit

December 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us in spreading word of our December 2 Climate Careers Summit for high school students! Together with our partners, we are proud to co-present our region’s first online careers summit featuring over a dozen career paths that build a brighter climate future.
All high school students are welcome, and every student can meet inspirational speakers who will share their climate-related careers in architecture and green building, education and outreach, health policy and climate justice, energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, renewable power, transportation and more. Students will also learn about internships and education opportunities to prepare themselves for a job in these growing fields.
Read on to learn more about the summit and our wonderful guest speakers. Click below for the summit website with videos about our speakers and a link for students to register.
The summit is made possible by SAGE’s Vision 2030 Team in partnership with Portland Public Schools and other districts in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Special thanks to Prosper Portland for sponsoring our summit.
Special thanks to our speakers!
Climate Careers Keynote by Representative-Elect Khanh Pham
Representative Pham is a policymaker for Oregon’s 46th House District. She played a lead role in passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, the nation’s first successful climate justice initiative that raises $50 million a year to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and job training programs focused on low-income families and communities of color.
Representative Pham will highlight the importance of equitable and local policies to advance climate solutions.
Climate Careers Closing Speaker – Cree Dueker
Cree Dueker is an admissions counselor and involved in multicultural recruitment and outreach at Portland State University.
Cree will be the closing speaker for our summit when she will share climate-related opportunities for students at Portland State University, including: academic programs and classes, events, clubs and PSU green initiatives.
Energy Engineering Career Track, Chris Crockett
Chris is an energy engineer with Nexant, a globally recognized consulting, software, and services leader. Chris works with customers on energy efficiency and electric mobility projects in the USA and Canada.
He will speak about two career tracks – energy engineering and consulting – both of which open up a huge range of climate-related jobs.
Education and Outreach Career Track, Harmonee Dashiell
Harmonee is the Sustainable Communities Program Coordinator with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She connects the work the city does with the people in the city.
She will speak about two career tracks – education and outreach – and how city governments play a key role to bring forward climate solutions education.
Electric Vehicles Career Track, Jaime Duyck
Jaime is the CEO of EV EQUITY, which provides consultation and a wide range of solutions related to charging stations for electric vehicles.
Jaime will speak about the future of electric cars and the wide range of jobs in this rapidly growing field.
Sustainable Architecture Career Track, Ozzie Gonzalez
Ozzie is the Principal of P3 Consulting where he helps clients bring their sustainability, equity, and prosperity visions to life. He helps small and large businesses grow, while improving their environmental and social impacts.
He will speak about the importance of sustainable architecture and the range of jobs that architects undertake to build the cities and communities of tomorrow.
Health Equity Career Track, Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez
Carolina is a Policy Analyst with the Environmental Health Section at the Oregon Health Authority where she works to improve policy and programs that relate to Environmental Public Health.
She will speak about the vital role policymakers play to advance both health equity and climate justice and what it is like to work for a state agency.
Sustainable Design Career Track, Mary Hansel
Mary is the Co-founder of Biomimicry Oregon. She works to educate others about Biomimicry, and also works for the New Buildings Institute, a nonprofit that advances zero-energy buildings.
She will speak about the importance of creativity in sustainable design, and how nature inspires climate solutions. She will also emphasize the range of jobs in the world that use principles of biomimicry to bring sustainable designs to life.
Sustainable Forestry Career Track, Peter Hayes
Peter is a forester and forest steward with Hyla Woods in the Oregon Coast Range. Peter will speak about the importance of creative problem-solving to treat the land well for our communities and our future.
He will also discuss a range of careers focused on sustainable forestry management.
Climate Policy Career Track, Dr. Carrie Leonard
Carrie is the Chief of Staff for State Representative, Karin Power. She works on climate policy and equitable child-care policies.
She will speak about the role that elected officials play in cities, counties and states to develop and enact effective climate solutions laws, and what to do with a science degree if you don’t end up as a working scientist.
Solar Power Career Track, Zach Snyder
Zach is the Program Manager at Solar Oregon, a nonprofit that has educated Oregon communities about solar for the last four decades. He administers all of Solar Oregon’s educational programs, including solar tours!
Zach will speak about the solar energy industry as the fastest growing job sector in America, and the wide range of jobs in this sector.
Energy Efficiency Career Track, Rebecca Troutfetter
Rebecca is the Senior Director of Engineering for CLEAResult, an international company that helps people make smart energy decisions. She and her teammates work to help homeowners and numerous commercial facilities understand and improve their energy footprint.
Rebecca will speak about why energy efficiency is a critical piece of our energy resourcing and the wide range of jobs in this growing industry sector.



December 2, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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