Big Jobs for a Big Planet – The first Climate Careers Summit in Portland
Hosted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
by Portland Public Schools
& SAGE Vision 2030
Keynote by Representative-Elect Khanh Pham at 10 am
Career Track Speakers from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m.
SAGE was proud to partner with Portland Public Schools to co-present Portland’s first Climate Careers Summit. The event attracted over 800 students who learned about our region’s Climate Action Plan and over a dozen career paths that build a brighter climate future.
See the list below to meet our inspirational speakers who shared their climate-related careers in architecture and green building, education and outreach, health policy and climate justice, energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, renewable power, transportation and more. Our speakers also shared information about internships and education opportunities to help students prepare for a job in these growing fields.
Learn more about who spoke at the event.
Check out our speaker bios and YouTube videos below.
Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez
Dr. Carrie Leonard
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 will highlight the importance of equitable and local policies to advance climate solutions.
Register above to join Representative Pham for the Climate Careers Summit Keynote live at 10:00 a.m.
Climate Careers Closing Speaker
Cree Dueker is an admissions counselor and involved in multicultural recruitment and outreach at Portland State University.
Cree will be the closing speaker for our Summit when she will share climate-related opportunities for students at Portland State University, including: Academic Programs and Classes, Events, Student Clubs and PSU Green Initiatives.
Register above to listen to Cree’s closing remarks for the Summit.
You can learn more at this website: https://www.pdx.edu/
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.
He will speak about two career tracks – energy engineering and consulting – both of which open up a huge range of climate-related jobs.
Register above to join Chris’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Chris’s video to meet him:
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 will speak about two career tracks – education and outreach – and how city governments play a key role to bring forward climate solutions education.
Register above to join Harmonee’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Harmonee’s video to meet her:
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 will speak about the future of electric cars and the wide range of jobs in this rapidly growing field.
Register above to join Jaime’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Jamie’s video to meet her:
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.
He will speak about the importance of sustainable architecture and the range of jobs that architects undertake to build the cities and communities of tomorrow.
Register above to join Ozzie’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Ozzie’s video to meet him:
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.
She will speak 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.
Register above to join Carolina’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Carolina’s video to meet her:
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.
She will speak 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.
Register above to join Mary’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Mary’s video to meet her:
Sustainable Forestry Career Track
Peter is a forester and forest steward with Hyla Woods in the Oregon Coast Range.
Peter will speak 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.
Register above to join Peter’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Peter’s video to meet him:
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.
She will speak 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.
Register above to join Carrie’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Carrie’s video to meet her:
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 will speak about the solar energy industry as the fastest growing job sector in America, and the wide range of jobs in this sector.
Register above to join Zach’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Watch Zach’s video to meet him:
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 will speak about why energy efficiency is a critical piece of our energy resourcing and the wide range of jobs in this growing industry sector.
Register above to join Rebecca’s live session at 10:30 or 11:10
Rebecca’s video to meet her: