Charting a Career in Sustainability

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The green sector has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy over the past few years and, everyday, new sustainability-focused jobs are created by both public agencies and private corporations. With this popularity, having a competitive edge before entering the market is seemingly more crucial - now more than ever.  But how do graduating students tap into this market? What are employers looking for in candidates? What skills should students develop? What do the job duties entail? This workshop will bring together several sustainability practitioners to share their experiences crafting their sustainability resiliency-focused careers to provide students with guidance on charting their own careers in sustainability. This long standing session has presented at 10 California APA Conferences and has successfully helped hundreds of students find their path in sustainability through - one former student is now a session panelist! 

Charting a career in Sustainability not only helps students and young professionals seek guidance in the multi-faceted field of planning, it closely aligns with the Climate Change and resiliency track of the national APA conference. The session provides Professional Development resources, discusses relevant topics including; Green Building Regulations, Green Urbanism, Smart Growth, LEED, CNU, Resiliency, and Sustainability and Public Health. 


Aaron Pfannenstiel , AICP , Michael Baker International , Ontario , CA (see bio)
Aaron Welch , Raimi + Associates , Berkeley , CA (see bio)
Brynn McKiernan , Rhoades Planning Group , Berkeley , CA (see bio)