Green jobs are opening up, the San Diego Renewable Energy Society and the Solar Living Institute are teaming up to help workers explore & secure green career opportunities. The resulting San Diego Green Career Conference will be at SDSU on April 25.

Contact: Katrina Phruksukarn, San Diego Renewable Energy Society

(619) 269 -6579 / organizer@sdres.org / www.sdres.org

April 8, 2008



U.S. and California jobless numbers are climbing, threatening to grow to the worst rates since the Great Depression. But thanks to billions in stimulus money, there is one sector of the economy that will soon be booming… the green sector.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Solar Energy Society, along with numerous Universities and researchers have predicted aggressive job growth across the green economy. As an example, the Center for Energy, Resources, and Economic Sustainability (CERES)
at the University of California Berkeley conducted a scenario analysis for the California Air Resources Board in which they said that California AB 32 would increase "the Gross State Product by about $76 billion, real household incomes by up to $48 billion and create as many as 403,000 new efficiency and climate action driven jobs. The
economic benefits of energy efficiency innovation have a compounding effect. The first 1.4 percent of annual efficiency gain produced about 181,000 additional jobs, while an additional one percent yielded 268,000 more."

With this and more in mind, the San Diego Renewable Energy Society and the Solar Living Institute are teaming up to help workers explore & secure green career opportunities. On April 25th they will present the San Diego Green Career Conference at SDSU.

The conference will provide extensive information and insider tips on emerging opportunities in the green sector, as well as green career consultants and recruiters with practical tools and strategies for a successful green job search. Speakers include Joel Pointon, SDG&E's Clean Transportation Program Manager; United States Green Building Council San Diego Chapter President Keith Schneringer, The San Diego Foundation's Dr. Emily Young; Andrew McAllister of the California Center for Sustainable Energy; Paul Hannam of Bright Green Talent, and more.

Panelists and presenters from across the green sector will discuss opportunities in the fields of photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind power, green building, energy efficiency, entrepreneurialism
and more. Conference participants will have the opportunity to ask panelists and speakers questions pertaining to their specific situations, as well as receive free resume review services. Ample networking time will also be made available to attendees.

Conference organizer Orion Walker says the recent Good Jobs Green Jobs conference in Washington, D.C. exhibited that now is the perfect time to enter the green career market. "The excitement in the air was palpable," Walker said, "We heard time and again from senators,
congress members, and other government officials that 'now is the time.' This administration is truly dedicated to building the green economy. In these economic times, this is the way forward."

For more information on the Green Career Conference visit www.greencareerconference.org or contact Katrina Phruksukarn at the San Diego Renewable Energy Society at (619) 269 -6579.

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