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!

Thank you for making the National Wildlife Federation's EcoCareers Conference 2020 our most successful green careers conference yet! Stay tuned for announcements for EcoCareers 2021!  

The following 2020 Conference Downloads are still available:  
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:

Distinguished Keynote:
Mustafa Santiago Ali, NWF
Distinguished Keynote:
Jennifer Allen Aroz, 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 Aroz 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.
Author Spotlight:
Justine Burt, Founder and CEO, Appraccel
Acclaimed Career Coach:
Beth Offenbacker, Waterford, Inc.
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.    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. 
Esteemed Workshop Lead:
Arasia "Alkemia" Earth
Esteemed Workshop Lead:
Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita
Wife-and-husband team Alkemia Earth and Ietef Vita (aka DJ Cavem) will be leading a workshop around building an environmentally conscious business from a holistic approach and using the art of eco hiphop to build a sustainable business. Alkemia is a Certified Usui Reiki master (an ancient Japanese healing system based on chi and the “laying of the hands”), Certified Spiritual Alchemist, and Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. She is also a yogi, organic gardener, and raw vegan chef. She was private chef and energy practitioner for NBA all-star Wilson Chandler for a season, and was invited to present at the White House during the Obama administration along with celebrity chefs Gail Simmons, Sunny Anderson, Michael Simon, and Bobby Flay.   When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn't know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice and plantbased foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown. Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita became known as more than just a rapper -- but an activist, educator and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness, Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. His latest project BIOMIMICZ is being released as an album/seed pack to get people involved and spur listeners into action.
Featured Panelist:
Abby Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association
Featured Panelist:
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. 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, Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission. Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice. Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.    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 Panelist:
Alexander DeLeon, Calvert/Eaton Vance
Featured Panelist:
Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen
Alexander DeLeon is an assistant vice president and ESG quantitative research analyst for Calvert Research and Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management specializing in responsible and sustainable investing across global capital markets. He is responsible for quantitative analysis of the Calvert Research System, analysis of vendor data sources, testing performance of KPIs and supporting development of new ESG performance indicators. He joined Calvert Research and Management in 2016. Alexander began his career in the investment management industry in 2013. Before joining Calvert Research and Management, he was an investment analyst with Calvert Investments. Alexander earned a B.A. with honors from Morehouse College.   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. 
Featured Panelist:
April Taylor, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Featured Panelist:
Ava Richardson, City of Baltimore
April Taylor is a Sustainability Scientist with the Chickasaw Nation officed at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (SC-CASC) in Norman, OK. Her position includes 1) building tribal professional capacity in climate change science and approaches to planning, 2) providing technical assistance for tribal climate adaptation planning, and 3) mentoring native early career professionals. April holds a BS in Marine Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Earth and Environmental Resource Management from the University of South Carolina. As a Chickasaw citizen with a family tradition of Native American grafted pecan trees, she is inspired by helping the tribes manage and plan for the many environmental impacts of climate variability and change.   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.
Featured Panelist:
Charles Glass, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Featured Speaker:
Cody Kamrowski, NWF
Charles C. Glass, Ph.D., P.E. was appointed Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in December, 2019 after serving as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning and Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access at the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Dr. Glass came to MDOT from Howard University, where he served on the faculty for seventeen years. In 2010, he spent time as an Environmental Engineer at the US EPA as the lead on a potential new regulation for the mitigation of sanitary sewer overflows. He completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1992 at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 and 1997, respectively.   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."
Featured Panelist:
Emily Yates, City of Philadelphia
Featured Panelist:
Jay Wilson, Washington DC Department of Energy and Environment
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.    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.
Featured Panelist:
Jennifer Evans, Austin Creative Reuse
Featured Panelist:
Lauren Zappone Maples, Partners in Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Jennifer is the Sustainability Chair for the Board of Directors of Austin Creative Reuse, an Austin, Texas-based non-profit with a mission to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. ACR’s vision is a community that consciously consumes and chooses reuse as a first choice when evaluating the need for personal or project materials. ACR’s creative reuse center is a community hub where the public can donate unused art materials, purchase reuse art materials at low cost, attend workshops on art and conservation, and volunteer their time and talents. Jennifer is a graduate of Duke University’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and the University of Chicago Law School. In her day job, Jennifer is the Deputy Director of the environmental education non-profit Families in Nature.   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. 
Featured Panelist:
Linda Cheung, Before It's Too Late
Featured Panelist:
Mark Orlowski, Sustainable Endowments Institute
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.   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.
Featured Panelist:
Max Greunig, Ecologic Institute
Featured Panelist:
Sophie Liu, Loop
Max Gruenig is co-founder of POCACITO, Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow. His work focuses on urban sustainability and climate and energy policy. Before, he was president of Ecologic Institute, a transatlantic nonprofit research institute in Washington DC and Berlin. 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.   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. 


A Special Thank You to Our EcoCareers Conference 2020 Sponsors:


Colgate University

Emerson College

Grinnell College

Rowan University

Stonehill College

Tulane University

University at Albany



See below for past EcoCareers Conference Archives: