Clean Energy Careers are growing across the disciplines
What: Featuring clean energy experts, faculty, interns, alumni, local government official. Brief presentations, panel discussion, audience Q&A, and networking
When: Wednesday November 15, 5 – 7PM
Where: Binghamton University, Smart Energy Building, Fountain Room
Sara Culotta – Taitem Engineering
Adam Flint – Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) Program Manager, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Carl Lipo – Dir. of Environmental Studies
Amanda Setteducate – STSW Lead Energy Corps Intern
James Bedrin – STSW Energy Corps alumna.
Brian Rose – Vice President, Residential Life, BU
The clean energy field is one of the fastest growing in the United States, representing as many as 1 in 33 new jobs since the great recession. Solar is one of the fastest growing fields in the US representing one of 50 of all new jobs (2%) last year, with an average annual national growth rate of 20% since 2010. 260,077 are employed in this field nationally. In New York State, 145,000 are employed in clean energy at more than 7,500 businesses.
And this is not your grandfather’s clean energy market. While most jobs are in installation and engineering, a large and growing share of the market is multidisciplinary, with robust growth in marketing, sales, policy, finance, law, media and communications, and IT. And colleges and universities are crafting new programs and growing existing ones to meet demand, including BU’s own Sustainability Masters program. So students with a strong liberal arts background and key skills can look to this field for growing opportunities.
This program will bring together stakeholders and leaders in the clean energy field to discuss the growth in this industry, evolution, and career opportunities available. This event marks the academic year when a local clean energy program, Southern Tier Solar Works, will host its 100th Energy Corps intern, almost all of whom have been BU students. Energy Alumnae have gone on to work in energy policy and regulation, solar sales, marketing, installation and a variety of other careers.
Students will learn more about the various career pathways they can take to break into this industry, and faculty and faculty will hear about new opportunities for research and community engagement. Community members will get a better understanding of how this industry has transformed over the years and ways to bring clean energy into their homes and businesses, while creating good local jobs and economic development.