Sustainability Summits > 2013 Sustainability Summit > Green Careers and Jobs Track

Green Careers and Jobs Track

Session 1
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Green Careers at Dallas County Community College District
Victor Ramirez

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District have developed programs of study that will equip our community and students for a sustainable future. The presentation will provide an overview of the degree and certificates that address Green Careers paths offered at the colleges of DCCCD.

photo of Victor RamirezVictor Ramirez is the program coordinator of the Residential and Commercial Building Performance Technology program at Cedar Valley College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Ramirez has 20 years of experience; he has been responsible for numerous residential, commercial and educational projects throughout the state. He has been awarded a Dallas AIA, Un-built Award; Texas Architect, TSA Studio Award and a Commendation Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. While pursuing his master's he participated in the Design Build Studio, which focused on community redevelopment, reuse and re-adaptation of building materials. Mr. Ramirez served as adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. He is dedicated to advancing green building methodologies, design solutions that integrate energy efficiency and address sustainability.

Session 2
10:30-11:15 a.m.: University of Texas at Arlington's Green Initiatives
Meghna Tare

photo of Meghna TareSustainability represents societal efforts to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A growing number of institutions of higher education — along with corporations and federal, state, and local governments — are directing attention to sustainability. Because our economy and society are dependent on a healthy environment, sustainability requires balancing economic success with environmental conservation and social equity, also known as the triple bottom line. The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to this triple bottom line and is striving to become a leader in campus sustainability through the efforts of administration, faculty, staff and students. The University is actively engaged in greening facility operations, promoting innovative research, supporting and encouraging student initiatives.

Meghna Tare is the director of Sustainability for UT Arlington. Prior to moving to UTA, she was an environmental manager with the City of Dallas. She is also an associate professor at UT Arlington and teaches Sustainability Policy. Meghna has experience working with public and private agencies like EPA, NCTCOG, Dallas Chamber of Commerce and DCCCD. As an advocate of sustainability, she hopes to continue and extend UT Arlington’s efforts in creating a connection for students that fosters their professional aspirations in sustainability.

Session 3
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: University of North Texas Goes Green
Nicole Cocco

photo of Nicole CoccoLearn about green collar jobs, degree programs and sustainability initiatives at UNT. UNT can help prepare you for a rewarding career in sustainability, regardless of your interests! Join Nicole Cocco, outreach coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, to learn about careers for philosophy majors, STEM majors, business majors and more. Learn what UNT has to offer in providing you with an education that will grow you into a great global citizen.

Nicole Cocco received her BFA in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Social Sciences from UNT and has worked in the Office of Sustainability since May 2009.

Session 4
2-2:45 p.m.: Earth NT's Green Jobs Initiative
Tony Robinson

An exposition of macro-economic trends in the US Economy and how Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the job markets can help propel the nation forward.

photo of Tony RobinsonTony Robinson has been involved with energy efficiency and sustainability for more than 25 years, with broad experience in product design and development, engineering technology, manufacturers’ representation and construction management. He is senior vice president of the Tech Labs Group at the Energy and Resource Technology HUB and adjunct professor in environmental sustainability at Southern Methodist University. Tony has authored and co-authored numerous articles and technical papers for a variety of organizations and his book, High Performance Buildings: A Guide For Owners & Managers, is forthcoming from CRC/Fairmont Press in 2013. Tony has presented at technical conferences around the U.S., for career counseling and architectural groups and universities. He holds a BA in philosophy and English from the University of California at Berkeley, and a MS in design, engineering technology and business administration from the University of North Texas.