Green Careers

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Noon - 1 p.m. (Pizza will be served)
Wheelock 101

  • Is Earth Day your favorite holiday?
  • Are you passionate about "saving the planet?"
  • Do you strive to reduce your eco-footprint to zero?

Nearly every industry is expanding its Green Career options.
All organizations, green or not, need talented staff. By choosing employers who are committed to sustainable practices, you can combine your concern for the environment with a satisfying career path. 

Here is a preview of our Green Career panelists: 
Mark Aalfs; Tacoma Power
Eric de Place; Sightline Institute
Maya Kocian; Earth Economics
Kristen McIvor; TAGRO, City of Tacoma
Kirk Myers; REI

Mark Aalfs; Tacoma Power
Mark Aalfs has been a trustee of Sustainable Seattle since its founding in 1991. While with Sustainable Seattle, Mr. Aalfs has contributed to the "Indicators of Sustainable Community" reports published in 1993, 1995, and 1998. Mr. Aalfs works at Tacoma Power, a public utility, where he manages the green power program, facilitates sustainable commercial buildings, and provides energy conservation and renewable energy information to the public.

In the 1990s he served on the Board of Directors for Solar Cookers International, a non-profit organization providing technical expertise and funding for low-cost solar cooker projects in developing countries.

Mr. Aalfs is an advocate for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and appropriate technology in the U.S. and abroad. He received a BA in environmental studies and photography from Antioch College and received an MS in Social Management of Technology from UW Seattle.

Eric de Place;
Sightline Institute
Eric de Place has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He is a senior researcher for sightline institute, contributes research and writing for the Cascadia Scorecard, especially on sprawl, economic security, wildlife, and other topics. Mr. de Place also writes for the Daily Score blog and contributes to a number of other Sightline projects, including climate policy in the western states. In 2006, his work helped defeat ballot initiatives in several Western states that would have severely eroded community and environmental protections.

Before coming to Sightline, Mr. de Place worked with the Northwest Area Foundation, helping communities develop strategies to alleviate poverty.

Maya Kocian; Earth Economics
Maya Kocian graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a BA in International Economic Analysis and minored in Spanish and Global Studies. During her years at PLU she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and Galway, Ireland. While studying in Chile she worked for the Chilean government on a report about the Mapuche indigenous group and taught English in an impoverished section of Santiago.

Ms. Kocian has been working at Earth Economics for one year and is currently focused on projects based in Latin America.

Kristen McIvor; TAGRO, City of Tacoma
Master Gardener, Kristen McIvor has a degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Washington in Urban Ecology, working on promoting community gardens and recycling biosolids through the City of Tacoma's TAGRO program.

As a soil scientist and a landscape designer, she has focused on strengthening urban food systems, building gardens in urban areas, and creating access to fresh food for all. Ms. McIvor's international experience includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, working on community development and health issues among indigenous peoples.

Kirk Myers; REI
found his way into the world of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility after having a large variety of work and volunteer experiences. His ndergraduate work was in Politics and Public Policy, followed by a diverse set of jobs that included doing environmental planning and management in South Africa, working in several non-profit mission-based organizations, and acting as a social entrepreneur working to create a non-profit focused on bringing democratic values into the corporate workplace.

Mr. Myers started a part-time job with REI in 2002 after moving to Utah, and he rapidly realized that the REI co-op was where he wanted to have his career. In 2004 he moved into a retail supervisor position, and started to implement sustainability initiatives in his store. After four great years of mountain biking in the Utah desert, in the fall of 2006 he started a sustainable business MBA at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, and formally joined REI's Corporate Social Responsibility team in June of last year.

The Green Careers event is co-sponsored by CES and the Sustainability Advisory Committee.