NWF’s EcoCareer Conference: Opportunity for Students and Faculty

Photo courtesy NWF EcoCareer Conference Website.

   According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the best jobs for the 21st century will be in the green economy, and the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders program is positioned to prepare the future sustainability workforce in collaboration with colleges and universities across the U.S.
   More and more companies are incorporating sustainability in their business operations. To prepare students for rapidly shifting economies, colleges are ramping  sustainability education across all disciplines.
   The NWF believes that students interested in a career involving sustainability should understand local and regional job demands, professional credentials, and how to enhance their preparedness inside and outside the classroom.
   NWF’s EcoCareer Conference 2017 (February 22 — 23) is designed to help, featuring a large array of leadership and career development resources for sustainability .
   NWF encourages students and faculty to participate in this two-day virtual conference to hear from leading experts and learn more about:

  • Finding well paid jobs in the clean economy
  • Developing effective career plans
  • Identifying project learning credentials
  • Exploring online sustainability career skill resources
  • Interacting with others across clean economy fields
  • NWF’s Career Center – to aid in developing key competencies necessary to secure great careers for an environmentally friendly economy.

   The National Wildlife Federation’s President and CEO, Collin O’Mara, will provide opening remarks for the conference. O’Mara comes to NWF from the state government of Delaware where he led the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Cabinet Secretary from 2009 through 2014. In that position, Secretary O’Mara served as the state’s top environmental official, led the state’s efforts to conserve and restore wildlife and fishery habitat, improve air quality and public health, ensure access to clean water, expand outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities, and enhance the state’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate impacts .
   The featured keynote speaker will be Kevin Doyle, project manager and co-author of popular books about environmental careers, including The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World, and The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century.
   Other speakers include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Green Economy
  • The Wildlife Society
  • The Corps Network
  • Aramark
  • Jobs for the Future
  • U.S. EPA
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Second Nature
  • U.S. Green Building Council

The Conference Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, from 10am – 5:30pm (eastern time). The Workshop Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 from noon—8:00pm (eastern time).
   For those who are registered and certified EcoLeaders, the conference is free. For students the EcoCareer Conference and Workshop is $45, and for faculty the cost is $70.
   For more information, including daily itinerary, and to register, visit the NWF’s EcoCareer Conference website by clicking here.

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