Climate Careers Series for Students

Hosted by Portland Public Schools & Vision 2030 

No Registration Required (see details below)

Welcome high school students in Oregon!

Join us each month for our online speaker series to learn about a different climate career and related internships, certifications, and continuing education. Our series is open to any high school student, teacher, or career counselor in Oregon. Read on to learn about upcoming speakers.

No registration required. To join a session, visit this PPS website at 4 p.m. on the dates listed below: https://www.pps.net/futureyou2go

Special thanks to our sponsor Prosper Portland and all our promotional partners.

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 Upcoming Climate Career Series Speakers

Dr. Michelle Maher

Program Manager, Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association

Climate Speaker, Jan. 26 @ 4 to 4:45 p.m. 

Dr. Michelle Maher is the Program Manager for Workforce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association (OSSIA). OSSIA is a trade association that promotes clean, renewable, solar technologies with a focus on workforce development, project permitting, advocacy, and policy for solar projects in Oregon and region wide.

Michelle will provide students with an overview of the range of jobs in the solar energy industry, which is one of the fastest growing job markets in the world. She will spotlight pathways to secure a job in the industry through training, apprenticeship, and licensing programs.

No registration required. To join this session, visit this PPS website: https://www.pps.net/futureyou2go during the date/time listed above.

Previous Climate Career Speakers

Khanh Pham

Cree Dueker

Chris Crockett

Harmonee Dashiell

Jaime Duyck

Ozzie Gonzalez

Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez

Mary Hansel

Peter Hayes

Dr. Carrie Leonard

Nancy Butler

Zach Snyder

Stephen Aiguier

Rebecca Troutfetter

Nikoyia Phillips

Representative-Elect
Khanh Pham

Climate Careers Keynote

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 was the keynote speaker at our Climate Careers Summit. She highlighted the importance of equitable and local policies to advance climate solutions.

Click here to view her presentation.

Cree Dueker

Climate Careers Closing Speaker

Cree Dueker is an admissions counselor and involved in multicultural recruitment and outreach at Portland State University.

Cree was the closing speaker at our Climate Career Summit and she shared climate-related opportunities for students at Portland State University, including: Academic Programs and Classes, Events, Student Clubs and PSU Green Initiatives.

Click here to view her presentation.

Chris Crockett

Energy Engineering Career Track

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.

Chris shared information about two career tracks – energy engineering and consulting – both of which open up a huge range of climate-related jobs.

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Harmonee Dashiell

Education and Outreach Career Track

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 shared information about two career tracks – education and outreach – and how city governments play a key role to bring forward climate solutions education.

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Jaime Duyck

Electric Vehicles Career Track

Jaime is the CEO of EV EQUITY, which provides consultation and a wide range of solutions related to charging stations for electric vehicles.

Jaime spoke about the future of electric cars and the wide range of jobs in this rapidly growing field. 

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Ozzie Gonzalez

Sustainable Architecture Career Track

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.

Ozzie spoke about the importance of sustainable architecture and the range of jobs that architects undertake to build the cities and communities of tomorrow.

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Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez

Health Equity Career Track

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.

Carolina spoke 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.

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Mary Hansel

Sustainable Design Career Track

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.

Mary spoke 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.

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Peter Hayes

Sustainable Forestry Career Track

Peter is a forester and forest steward with Hyla Woods in the Oregon Coast Range.

Peter spoke 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.

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Dr. Carrie Leonard

Climate Policy Career Track

Carrie is the Chief of Staff for State Representative, Karin Power. She works on climate policy and equitable child-care policies.

Carrie spoke 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.

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Zach Snyder

Solar Power Career Track

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 spoke about the solar energy industry as the fastest growing job sector in America, and the wide range of jobs in this sector.

Click here to view her presentation.

Watch Zach’s video to meet him: 

Rebecca Troutfetter

Energy Efficiency Career Track

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 spoke about why energy efficiency is a critical piece of our energy resourcing and the wide range of jobs in this growing industry sector.

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Rebecca’s video to meet her:

Nancy Butler

Wind Power Career Track

Nancy is a training specialist with Vestas, the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, and with +140 gigawatts of wind turbines in 85 countries, the company has installed more wind power than anyone else.

Nancy offered students a close-up look inside a working wind turbine and focussed her remarks on the training and career tracks associated with manufacturing, installing, and servicing turbines around the world.

We will post a recording of Nancy’s presentation below (stay tuned)

Stephen Aguiler

Green Building Career Track

Stephen is the Founder and President of Green Hammer, a nationally recognized leader with a mission to inspire the evolution of our living environment by creating buildings that promote health and protect the planet.

Stephen spoke about the future of green buildings, living buildings, net zero energy buildings, and the many career paths in the building industry that range from architecture, engineering, carpentry, construction, project management, and more.

We will post a recording of Stephen’s presentation below (stay tuned)

Nikoyia Phillips

Equity Career Track

Nikoyia (Nuh-Koy-Uh) Phillips is the Equity Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). BPS works closely with the other City bureaus, Multnomah County, frontline communities, and youth-led organizations to implement the City’s Climate Emergency Declaration and to establish and co-convene climate justice and action initiatives.

Nikoyia will speak about how equity is shaping the implementation of our 2030 climate action goals and she will share her personal story and diverse career path that has involved community organizing, nonprofit development, and public health policy.

We will post a recording of Nikoyia’s presentation below (stay tuned)