Charting a Career in Sustainability
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.
, Michael Baker International
Confirmed SpeakerAaron Pfannenstiel is an urban planner and geologist with PlaceWorks, where he primarily focuses on community planning, hazard mitigation, and resiliency and works to incorporate hazard mitigation into comprehensive planning. With a background in geology, environmental studies, and urban planning, Mr. Pfannenstiel helps public sector clients better understand their hazards, assess their vulnerabilities, and obtain funding for development and implementation of policies, programs, and strategies intended to address community hazards. Mr. Pfannenstiel has prepared local and multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans, emergency operations plans, climate adaptation plans, general plans, and safety elements for communities throughout California. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Pfannenstiel has volunteered with numerous planning and hazards focused non-profit organizations (American Planning Association, California Planning Foundation, Care for Nepal) and trained hundreds of students, planners, and other professionals in these topics over the past decade.
, Raimi + Associates
Confirmed SpeakerAaron Welch has broad experience with community planning, its intersection with transportation and urban design, and incorporating sustainability, health, and equity into the planning process. Aaron has managed multiple community planning projects at different scales, from corridor plans and station area plans to detailed development standards, sustainability implementation, and health and equity analysis. Aaron specializes in neighborhood-scale sustainability initiatives, and has some of the most extensive LEED for Neighborhood Development qualifications in the country, with direct technical consulting for the U.S. Green Building Council, NRDC, the U.S. EPA, and over a dozen private sector and community development projects. Aaron has also provided technical assistance to half a dozen communities around the country, in collaboration with Global Green, through the US EPA Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities technical assistance program. He has also served as primary author or co-author on multiple publications and toolkits including the LEED Reference Guide for U.S. Green Building Council (past two editions); a Health Toolkit for the American Institute of Architects; and A Citizen’s Guide to LEED-ND for NRDC.
, Rhoades Planning Group
Confirmed SpeakerBrynn’s is a planner at Rhoades Planning Group. Her experience and interests are focused on ecological health and restoration, socially and environmentally-conscious urban environments, CEQA, LEED-ND, and sustainability. She manages projects that create low impact development, foster healthy communities, advance environmental justice, and are supported by the community.