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Green MBA Transitioning From Psychology to Sustainability: Meet Nils Moe, Sustainability Advisor, Mayor’s Office, City of Berkeley

Get to know Nils Moe, Sustainability Advisor for the Mayor’s Office in the City of Berkeley. Prior to transitioning to a career in climate change from a career in the non-profit sector promoting social change and managing consulting specializing in industrial psychology. Read our interview with Nils, in which he shares his story of how he transitioned from a career in management consulting and non-profit social change to one in sustainability.

Meet Conor Carlin, Manager, Enterprise Energy Intelligence EnerNOC, Inc. Conor is also the managing editor of Thermoforming Quarterly, a newsletter of the Thermoforming Division of the Society of Plastics Engineering. Prior to transitioning to a career in energy management, Conor worked for 9 years in business development, sales and marketing in the plastics and packaging industries. Read our interview with Conor, in which he shares his story of how he transitioned from a career in packaging and plastics sales management to one in energy management.

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As part of our Green MBA Success Series, I am interviewing Green MBA graduates to uncover what steps they took to transition to green careers using their degrees. Meet Emily Reyna, Project Manager, Corporate Partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  Emily also recently co-authored, Hybrid Organizations: New Business Models for Environmental Leadership, a book […]

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To have a sustainable future, people doesn’t need to have a career in sustainability, instead I believe that it should be impart within the values of the company. But if you really would like to have a sustainability career then go for it. Go move mountains.

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Meet Nancy Shaw, Social Responsibility Manager for Blue Shield of California. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of Business Council on Climate Change and was recently a speaker at the Women in Green Forum. She also recently served on the Executive Committee of 2009 Hazon Sustainable Food Conference.

Prior to transitioning to a career is corporate social responsibility, Nancy had a successful career in marketing and the non-profit sector. In the roll of Grants & Program Manager for the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Nancy analyzed grant proposals that led to nearly $9 million in funding. As Nonprofit Director for Craigslist, she managed Strategic planning, board development and fundraising, as well as produced venture events connecting nonprofits with potential funders. Before going into the non-profit sector, she was a marketing strategy analyst for both HBO and RR Donnelley. She also directed Fortune 500 companies market research studies for Wetfeet. Read about how Nancy changed her career path to a green one with an MBA in sustainability.

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Join us each week as we introduce to green professionals who used a green MBA to make a green career transition.

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Carol McClelland, PhD, author of Green Careers For Dummies and Founder of Green Career Central answers the following question, Everyone says that the best way to find a green job is through networking and that you should network using social media. How do you use social media to network and find a green job?

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Are you a recent graduate discovering how difficult the current market is, unemployed, worried you might soon lose your job or just feel that your career seems stuck in place? Are you thinking that now may be the best time to re-tool your career? Going for a green MBA, now, while the job market is stagnant may be a smart move; both for recent graduates, currently unemployed (or underemployed) professionals as well as for those who want to forge a path into a career in corporate sustainability. But what is a Green MBA, why is it important and what schools are offering them? These are the questions this post delves into.

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This is another installment of my series of interviews I have conducted with people who have made a career transition to the clean/green sector. In my last interview, spotlighted Nicholas Mack, General Counsel for Mainstream Energy Corporation, REC Solar, Inc., and AEE Solar, Inc. I talked to Nicholas about his transition from doing legal work in software and hardware industries to doing legal work in the solar arena. This week we are presenting my interview with Roxanne (Roxy) Podlogar, who is Senior Vice Presiden, Strategy & Business Development Smart Energy for Magpie, a software consulting firm with a focus on Smart Energy & Smart Grid markets.

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