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Planning for a Green Career

180 minutes
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
5
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About

In this lesson students get an in-depth look into a global, sustainability-focused organization. A case study provides a situated context for understanding how broad and still-evolving ideas, such as sustainability and sustainability professionals, are becoming more established.

The students continue to research a field of interest including setting up and conducing an informational interview. This experience will help students make connections and gain confidence that will be valuable to them as they prepare for their own personal career journey.

Students will conclude by creating an action plan to meet their green career goals.

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Key objectives for students
Locate and identify career opportunities that appeal to personal career goals.
Articulate career goals and identified steps to take toward this goal.
Topics
green careers
Skills
Communication skills
Methods
Real-World Application
Background information for teachers

Additional resources and a list of possible green careers are available to provide background information as needed.

Materials needed
  • Case Study: International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Informational Interviews worksheet
  • Planning for Your Green Career worksheet
  • Green Careers Reflection worksheet
  • Additional Resources
  • Green Careers List
  • Syllabus
Key vocabulary
green careers
Time Exercise Description
30 minutes Read “Case Study: International Society of Sustainability Professionals” A look into a global, sustainability-focused organization
90 minutes Worksheet “Informational Interviews” Conduct research and gain a deeper understanding of an industry you are interested in learning more about
60 minutes Worksheet “Planning For Your Green Career” Create and share an action plan to meet green career goal.
60 minutes Worksheet “Green Careers Reflection” Summarize information learned and what discovered about their own career aspirations.
Implementation

See Syllabus, worksheets, and related instructor guides for additional teaching instructions.

Activity: Informational Interview
This activity guides students through the process of researching their field of interest, identifying key organizations and individuals in the field, and setting up and conducting an informational interview. It challenges student to take their career aspirations and networking skills into the real world. This experience will help students make connections and gain confidence that will be valuable to them as they prepare for their own personal career journey.

Reading : Exercise: Case Study: International Society of Sustainability
This case study gives students an in-depth look into a global, sustainability-focused organization: the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). It provides a situated context for understanding how broad and still-evolving ideas, such as sustainability and sustainability professionals, are becoming more established. The Case Study contains insight and advice from ISSP board member Marsha Willard. Students can read through an exclusive interview with Willard, which contains a personalized take on what it means to be a sustainability professional.

Activity: Planning For Your Green Career
Students create an action plan to meet green career goal. They share their career goal with the class.

Activity: Green Careers Reflection
An opportunities for students to reflect on what they learned and what discovered about their own career aspirations.

Optional activities:

Assessment Opportunities

Use the “Green Careers Reflection” worksheet. Students have the opportunity to summarize the information they’ve learned in this lesson, as well as what they’ve discovered about your own career aspirations.

Standards assessment

CTE Standards:
Lesson can align with either one depending on which career cluster(s) the students focus on.

Career Cluster Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (AG)
AG 5 - Describe career opportunities and means to achieve those opportunities in each of the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Pathways.
1. Locate and identify career opportunities that appeal to personal career goals.
2. Match personal interest and aptitudes to selected careers.

Career Cluster Architecture & Construction (AC)
AC 7 - Evaluate a wide range of career pathway opportunities for success in architecture and construction careers.
1. Research and match career opportunities based upon their fit with personal career goals.
2. Match personal interests and aptitudes to careers when researching opportunities within the pathways.

Community connections

Reach out to local professionals to speak to class (in person or via webcam), allow students to visit or interview staff, and/or host job shadowing sessions.

USGBC local communities are a great source of sustainability sector professionals.

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Professional Development Opportunities

The Green Classroom Professional Certificate is recommended to provide teachers with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and are committed to their professional future.

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Comments

Durga Raghavi Tripurasetty's picture
Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:40

Durga Raghavi T...

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5

very useful for students..and people who want to develop careers in green industry..