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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 helping organizations and companies run more efficiently, thereby increasing their profits, pleasing their customer base, and creating a sense of well-being among the community. They 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 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

Heavens need environmental protection just like Earth, experts say (Article from UW News)

“Space urgently needs special legal protection similar to that given to land, sea and atmosphere to protect its fragile environment, argues a team of scientists. The scientific, economic and cultural benefits of space should be considered against the damaging environmental …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Facing Our Energy Future (Article from UW Facilities)

“Summers keep getting hotter and the UW’s population keeps getting bigger. Washington state law requires sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, some of the energy infrastructure on campus is old enough to qualify for emeritus status. To David Woodson, …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Anxious About Climate Change? You’re Not Alone (“Right as Rain” Article from UW Medicine)

“If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for years, you’ve likely already noticed how climate change impacts our region.

Our typically temperate weather patterns have started including record-breaking heatwaves and winter storms. Our glorious not-too-hot, late summer days are now …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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AT&T launches Connected Climate Initiative to reduce carbon emissions (Shared Article from VentureBeat)

This is a shared article from VentureBeat written by Michael Vizard. For the original article click here.

AT&T today launched a Connected Climate Initiative (CCI) that promises to bring together partners and researchers in academia to further reduce carbon emissions.

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach
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Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL) Winter 2023 Study Abroad Applications are Now Open!

Grand Challenges Impact Lab 2023 is now recruiting students!

Interested in a study abroad program that offers hands-on, project-based learning about Grand Challenges and social innovation?

Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL), a UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India, is …

By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach
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Featured Classes

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

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

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.

In Demand Skills for Energy Careers

College of the Environment

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

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Environmental Science and Conservation 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 Alternative Energy Jobs, Second Edition

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

Vault Guide to Park and Public Land 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 Forestry and Forest Products 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 Earth Science 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 Utilities Jobs, Second Edition

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