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Green Job Opportunities on the Horizon?

February 3, 2009
Shawn Jacobson of California Solar Electric

Shawn Jacobson of California Solar Electric

This week on Planet Good Radio, I’ll be talking with Shawn Jacobson of California Solar Electric who, among other things, is developing a green jobs training program in Los Angeles.  Shawn will hopefully let us in on the green job opportunities that might flower from President Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

Shawn acquired knowledge of sustainability and renewable energy technologies while growing up in Athens, OH. His mother was known as the “Compost Queen,” and Shawn spent much of his youth in the gardens, swimming in ponds, and exploring the surrounding woodlands. He was also introduced to wildlife and habitat restoration at an early age as his neighbor, the late Ora Anderson (naturalist, writer), restored over 100 acres of old farmland into a wilderness preserve. In addition to this, his mother included him in the care and of an Osprey rehabilitation site on the Ohio River. In his high-school years, Shawn worked with a sterling technology research and development company called Global Cooling. There he began to develop an understanding of energy efficiency and the emerging green technologies. During this period of time he also assisted in the construction of his family’s passive/active solar home. After high-school, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where he continued with his studies and pursued an active role in the community environmental movement.

While attending Santa Barbara City College in 2003, he co-founded and chaired the Santa Barbara City College Student Sustainability Coalition, co-created a course entitled “Projects in Sustainability”, and assisted in the development of the SBCC Center for Sustainability. In addition to his studies and student activism, he served as a wilderness kayak guide at the Channel Islands National Park, and taught sustainable living at the Ambassador’s of the Environment Program with Ocean Future’s Society. While attending UCSB he also acted as a research assistant/cartographer for a renewable energy lobbyist group in Washington D.C.

Currently he lives and works in Ojai, CA with his wife Maya and child Julian. Shawn is working more than full-time for California Solar Electric as a solar energy consultant, education coordinator, and marketing director. With the spare time left, he volunteers with various sustainability organizations throughout the tri-counties including but not limited to the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, The Green Coalition of Ventura County, Transition Towns, and anything else that he can assist with.

Los Angeles Green Jobs Training Program

Los Angeles Green Jobs Training Program

He holds an A.A. from Santa Barbara City College in Photography and Graphic Design, and a BA in Geography at UCSB with an emphasis in energy and sustainability.

Make sure to listen to the live broadcast if you want to ask questions.  We go on at 3 p.m. PST this Thursday on the Internet: Planet Good Radio.

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