The PowerSave Schools program educates students about opportunities to help solve today's most pressing environmental concerns through green careers. During the PowerSave program, the school becomes a lab for students to explore energy use and efficiency as they apply STEM skills to solve a global problem. From chemistry to business, there are many ways that students can make a difference.
We seek to inform students about the many careers open to individuals with a passion for environment, efficiency, and energy. For more information about green careers, check out our "Green Your Career" lesson plans.
There are so many job options out there. It can be very intimidating to start thinking about what you want to do when you go to work. If you want to make a difference while you apply your talent, a green career may be just right for you! Students can apply their skills to become environmental professionals in many different fields and disciplines. If you're not sure where to start, you can find out what you might be good at at these websites.
Real Cool Futures and California CareerZone both offer quizzes, job descriptions, and games to help you learn more about what jobs are out there. Grist takes a comical approach to energy and the environment.
For a general overview of sustainable jobs, the Green Jobs Guidebook offers reports, data, and videos for browsing.
Similarly, for lots of information on environmental business, check out Sustainable Business.
Below we have provided several green career lesson plans and activities adapted for teachers to use with their students. These lessons can be used independently of the PowerSave program or in tandem with its curriculum.
If you decide that a green career is for you, there are many ways to become a certified green professional. While the type of credentials needed depends on exactly what type of work you want to go into, several organizations including the Association of Energy Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency offer information about how to become certified as part of the clean energy workforce. These websites can serve as a springboard for anyone who wants to integrate sustainability into their career.