The National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference

April 1-2, 2020

WHAT: The NWF EcoCareers Conference prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest EcoCareer trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.

WHEN: April 1-2, 2020 11 am to 5 pm EDT, each day

WHO: Students, faculty, and staff from high schools, colleges and universities across the country and globe!

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COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF! Did you know that your campus can become an EcoCareers Campus Sponsor and unlock free admission to the conference for your entire student body and staff? Read more about this valuable opportunity!

Through this conference, YOU can:
  1. Discover the types of jobs available in the clean economy, compensation levels, and advancement opportunities across clean economy sectors.
  2. Enhance understanding of how to develop effective career plans that include degree programs and project-based learning credentials, while becoming familiar with supportive programming offered through the NWF EcoLeaders Program.
  3. Explore online sustainability career skill resources that can help college instructors enhance academic offerings for sustainability across various disciplines.
  4. Meet others across fields interested in leading for a clean economy including, students, faculty and employers and learn about ways to support one another.
Feedback from past conference attendees:
  • Thank you once again for your time and providing me with an opportunity to become a part of this discussion. Very inspirational.
  • Great to have as a virtual conference. Saves so much time/money/carbon in the travel.
  • Great talk. Lots of specific information and places to follow up to learn more.
  • Really great insight about the soft skills and was inspirational as someone who is currently struggling to find an entry into the sustainability job field.
  • What an excellent way to attend a conference and get such needed information!

Our 2020 EcoCareers Conference Speakers and Panelists:

Mustafa Santiago Ali, NWF
Jennifer Allen, League of Conservation Voters
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali serves as the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation. He is also the founder of Revitalization Strategies, a business focused on moving our most vulnerable communities from “surviving to thriving.”
  Jennifer Allen joined the League of Conservation Voters in 2013 to develop Chispa (“spark” in Spanish), a program aimed at building the voice and power of Latino families and leaders in the fight against climate change. With grassroots community organizing programs operating in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico and Maryland, Chispa has become one of the largest efforts of a national environmental organization focused on Latino communities.
Featured Speaker:
Abby Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association
Featured Speaker:
Adam Roberti, Cortada Projects
Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership, and is focused on creating a marketplace where solar will constitute a significant percentage of America’s energy generation. Before joining SEIA, Abby served as Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission. Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College. She is the very proud mom of three children and loves to read and run.   As the Director of Cortada Projects, Adam Roberti uses the power of art to engage Miami in learning about and addressing important ecological concerns including climate change, sea-level rise, and biodiversity loss. Cortada Projects aims to build community and transform citizens into stewards of the environment. In 2019, Adam oversaw the development and implementation of Xavier Cortada's "Plan(T)" project across Miami-Dade County. By partnering with local schools and organizations, residents have planted thousands of mangrove propagules to facilitate climate conversations, help sequester carbon dioxide, and grow our salt-tolerant native tree canopy. Adam holds a Bachelors of Arts in Ecosystem Science and Policy and a Masters of Environment, Culture, and Media from the University of Miami.
Featured Speaker:
Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen
Featured Speaker:
Anne Matusewicz, Eaton Vance
Amy Bachman works as the Director of Procurement and Sustainability for DC Central Kitchen, a hunger and empowerment non-profit. Amy handles all incoming product to DC Central Kitchen including managing food recovery from all sources from local farms to grocery stores and sourcing local food for DCCK’s farm to school program.Amy graduated from Wake Forest University in 2010 with a Bachelor in History and Minor in International Studies. Amy served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Campus Kitchens Project at Johns Hopkins University and then worked as the Volunteer and Donation Coordinator at the Franciscan Center in Baltimore before joining DC Central Kitchen in 2012.    Photo and bio coming soon.
Featured Speaker:
Ava Richardson, City of Baltimore
Featured Speaker:
Beth Offenbacker, Waterford, Inc.
Ava Richardson is a Technical Advisor for the Food Matters Program at the City of Baltimore. Ava has worked to advance public and environmental health for the past 10 years through systems change, policies and programs as an advocate and researcher. She currently supports the city’s food waste and recovery efforts – providing technical expertise on food systems and sustainability matters. Ava holds a Masters of Public Health from Morgan State University and is currently obtaining a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in environmental health from Johns Hopkins University.   Dr. Beth Offenbacker’s expertise, experience, and passion for people, the planet, and performance is what distinguishes her and sets her apart as an executive, executive coach, and consultant who specializes in elevating results and impact for individual talent and organizations in the Green Industry. Dr. Offenbacker co-designed and leads the Green Career Workshops for the global nonprofit Leaders in Energy, a 4,500+ member organization of clean energy and sustainability professionals in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. She also serves as Director of Training & Development for Leaders in Energy. 
Featured Speaker:
Cody Kamrowski, NWF
Featured Speaker:
Emily Yates, City of Philadelphia
Cody Kamrowski is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, and his first relationship to the National Wildlife Federation was through its State Affiliate, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Cody's involvement led to his nomination to the NWF board of directors in 2017 as one of the youngest serving board members in the organization's history. As a current board member, Cody engages with NWF’s board members, affiliates, supporters, donors, as well as the general public on a plethora of topics and issues. Cody explained that, "being part of the National Wildlife Federation has been the ultimate learning experience, and I’m thankful to be part of the most dedicated and driven conservation organization in the United States."   As Smart City Director for the City of Philadelphia, Emily is responsible for managing and leading the implementation of the SmartCityPHL Roadmap that provides guidance on how smart and emerging technology solutions can improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors while improving the delivery of City services. Emily was Deputy Director with Envision Charlotte where she was responsible for leading the development of the Circular Charlotte strategy, which made Charlotte the first city in the US to have a citywide circular economy strategy, in addition to other local programming that created a smarter, more sustainable Charlotte. Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. 
Featured Speaker:
Jay Wilson, Washington DC Department of Energy and Environment
Featured Speaker:
Justine Burt, Founder and CEO, Appraccel
Jay Wilson is the Program Manager for the development and launch of the DC Green Bank, a quasi-public financial institution whose mission is to attract private investment and enable access to financing for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Jay is also a registered architect and green building expert at the District’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he is responsible for advancing sustainable development and green building policy and planning. Jay served on the city’s Construction Code Coordinating Board and on the Board of Directors of the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter from 2011 through 2015. Jay was recognized with a 2019 USGBC-NCR Individual Leadership Award for Excellence in Government, Advocacy or Policy.   Justine Burt is the Founder + CEO of Appraccel, an environmental sustainability consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients in the private, public and non-profit sector to successfully implement projects in energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and waste prevention. The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future, published in March 2019, is her first book. Available through Amazon, Ingram, and Smashwords; The Great Pivot describes 30 sustainability projects in five areas – advanced energy communities, low-carbon mobility, the circular economy, food waste reduction, and nature restoration – that will create millions of meaningful jobs. 
Featured Speaker:
Lauren Maples, Partners in Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Featured Speaker:
Linda Cheung, Before It's Too Late
Lauren is a co-founder and executive director of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability), a nonprofit operating in Austin, TX. PEAS specialists partner with classroom teachers to lead outdoor, garden, and kitchen lessons that incite student curiosity while providing high-quality academic programs. Additionally PEAS runs and manages PEAS Community and School Farm at Cunningham Elementary. Prior to PEAS, Lauren was a classroom teacher with AISD. She had also worked as environmental educator for the City of Austin for two years and taught as an adjunct at 2 local universities.    Linda founded Before It’s Too Late (BITL) on the premise of the power of visual arts and storytelling to evoke emotion and create social change. Through BITL she is empowering students, artists, entrepreneurs and vulnerable communities to become agents of change on the climate issue. Linda has 9 years of professional experience in the marketing, finance and renewable energy industries. Linda has also worked on international social impact projects in Guatemala, Kenya and India, and she grew up helping her serial entrepreneur family launch seven restaurants and other food industry startups. She holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan and B.S. Economics degree from Wharton.
Featured Speaker:
Mark Orlowski, Sustainable Endowments Institute
Featured Speaker:
Max Greunig, Ecological Institute
Mark Orlowski is the Executive Director and Founder of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Mark has led the Institute’s research efforts on college sustainability initiatives including the creation of the College Sustainability Report Card leading the development and coordination of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, an initiative that is encouraging colleges and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of $1 billion into energy efficiency upgrades. A graduate of Williams College, Mr. Orlowski served on the college’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and chaired its Campus Environmental Advisory Committee. He also received an associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College and earned a master’s degree at Harvard University, where he studied nonprofit management.
  Max Gruenig is President of Ecologic Institute US and has been with Ecologic Institute since 2007. His work focuses on sustainable development in the energy and transport sector, as well as urban sustainability. In particular, he is leading the efforts by Ecologic Institute in the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) and coordinating the Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow program (POCACITO). In 2004, Max Gruenig received his degree in economics from Humboldt-University Berlin. He frequently lectures and facilitates stakeholder workshops on issues of sustainability and climate change in cities around the world, most recently in Tampico, Mexico.
Featured Speaker:
Sophie Liu, Loop
Sophie Liu is on the Business Development team at Loop, an innovative e-commerce platform offering products in reusable durable packaging rather than single-use. Developed by TerraCycle, an international recycling leader in hard-to-recycle waste streams like cigarettes, pouches and more, Loop aims to change the future of consumption by redefining how consumers and brands treat packaging.     




See below for past EcoCareers Conference Archives: