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Sustainability / Conservation / Energy

Welcome to the Sustainability, Conservation and Energy interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that 1) Provide sufficient amounts of energy for today’s world without undermining environmental integrity or draining future resources. 2) Produce a good or service that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources. This good or service could be renewable energy, pollution reduction, an organic product, or environmental compliance. 3) Reduce the environmental impact of an organization’s production processes. Responsibilities might include establishing cost-cutting initiatives such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, waste management, or resource conservation.

People who pursue careers in Sustainability/Conservation/Energy may focus on issues ranging from reducing ecological footprint and minimizing pollution to working directly on environmental and sustainability issues in various sectors, or in areas like solar energy, wind power, hydropower and more. These jobs exist in emerging green sectors and in traditional sectors such as manufacturing, technology, insurance, and the state and federal government, making the world of sustainability/conservation/energy one that is both deeply rooted in our day-to-day life and the subject of much innovation and research.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): Air Quality Forecaster; Aquatic Biologist; Biofuel Production Operator; Ecotourism Guide; Environmental Public Relations Specialist; Geoscientist; Hydrographic Surveyor; Landscape Architect; Soil Conservation Technician’ Sustainability Program Coordinator; Watershed Manager; Watershed Science Technician; Wetland Specialist; Wind Energy Engineer

New ground as tech aims to help boost soil health (from BBC)

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Farmers used to test the quality of their soil by burying a pair of underpants in the ground and seeing how quickly they rotted.

The idea …

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Sparking Climate Connections: UW Lightning Talks on Climate Change [Dec 1]

The EarthLab Advisory Board of Deans invites you to participate in an exciting two-part event bringing the rich variety of climate change research happening across UW together in one afternoon. We envision this as a starting point of connection, from …

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Community Health Fellowship Gap Year Program: Project Horshoe Farm

Project Horseshoe Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with sites in Greensboro and Marion, Alabama and Pomona, California. HSF offers service and support programs to improve the health and quality of life of adults and children in our partner communities. 

By Lily Burnstein (She/Her)
Lily Burnstein (She/Her)
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EarthLab Innovation Grants: Apply Now!

2022/23 Innovation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)

Read & download our full Request for Proposals here

RFP OVERVIEW

EarthLab is an institute at the University of Washington that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with urgency and …

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“Sparking Climate Connections” Lighting Talks & Networking Event

The EarthLab Advisory Board of Deans invites you to participate in an exciting two-part event bringing the rich variety of climate change research happening across UW together in one afternoon. We envision this as a starting point of connection, from …

By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
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Featured Classes

Green Jobs for Sustainable Careers

Fulya Kocak Gin
Looking for a greener job? Why wait when the world is hiring? Climate change and sustainability are transforming today’s economy,…

Sustainability for Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

Fulya Kocak Gin
Design, construction, and manufacturing are vital industries, but have you wondered about ways to make them sustainable while adding value?…

Stay Ahead in Sustainability & Green Building

The world is facing many environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve our lives…

The Employee’s Guide to Sustainability

Elizabeth Bagley
Companies around the world view sustainability as a strategic imperative. This course is for employees who want to support that…

Learning Design for Sustainability

Scott Boylston
The world is facing a number of environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve…

Student Stories & Advice

Peyton R

Student Stories & Advice
  • Master's of Science in Energy & Sustainability Northwestern University

Ashleigh Bell

Student Stories & Advice
  • Grad Student - Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry University of Colorado, Boulder

Tanner Poling

Student Stories & Advice
  • AUV Operations Engineer Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Evan Mickelson

Student Stories & Advice
  • Electrical Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Featured Resources

Sustainability / Energy / Conservation Search Engines

Energy Jobs Network

The Energy Jobs Network (EJN) has been helping employers find qualified candidates for their energy related positions …

Scholarships & Fellowships Supporting Sustainability/Conservation/Energy Career Goals

Many different types of organizations, companies and agencies provide scholarship opportunities to support students in preparing for careers related to …

Tips for Job Searching in Handshake – Sustainability/Conservation/Energy

With thousands of jobs and internships for students on Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for …

Virtual Interview Practice

StandOut is a mock video interviewing platform. You can access an Environmental Science practice interview.

Sustainability / Conservation / Energy Positions of 2019-2020 UW Graduates

This table shows the title, employer, and major for a sampling of 2019-2020 UW graduates who reported working in sustainability/conservation/energy.

College of the Environment

Jobs postings, tips and advice and information on the annual UW Environmental Career Fair.

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Energy Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Alternative Energy Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Career Guide to Energy, Third Edition

In the midst of an energy boom that has positioned the United States as one of the world’s top oil-producing …

Vault Guide to Utilities Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Nuclear Power Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Oil and Gas Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …