A Greener Future


Green Careers Conference

A day-long series of environmental career panels, keynote speaker and career fair for students

When: Friday, February 6th, 10:30am to 4:30pm

Where: Claremont McKenna College, North Campus

Who: Calling all 7C students interested in environmental careers


10:30am - 11:15am   Panel Discussion: Environmental Consulting (Freeburg Forum), Panelists:  Hilary Haskell - LSA Associates, Jon Roberts - Cadmus Group, Ryan Miller - Malk Consulting

11:30am (lunch)- 12-1:00pm (talk)   Lunch Keynote: "Hot Careers in a Warming World" (Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Security Pacific Dining Room), Speaker: David Orr, Distinguished Environmental Studies and Politics Professor, Oberlin College

1:15pm - 2:00pm   Panel Discussion: Environmental Law & Government (Davidson Lecture Hall), Panelists: Bill Christian - Yale, Holly Stout - Legal Council Cal Air Board

2:15pm - 3:00pm   Panel Discussion: Environmental Business (Davidson Lecture Hall), Panelists: Gregg Clevenger - Lanza Tech, Jenna Goodward - Microsoft, Peter Fankuchen - Hydroponics, Julie Ogilvie -AECOM

3:15pm - 4:00pm   Panel Discussion: Environmental Non-Profits (Davidson Lecture Hall), Panelists: Megan Wargo - Pacific Trust, Jessica Dillon - The Nature Conservancy, David Landecker - Environmental Defense Council

1:30pm - 4:30pm   Career Fair (I-Place Courtyard)


Event co-presented by the Roberts Environmental Center and Student ImpACT

For more information, contact organizers Jake Shimkus jshimkus15@cmc.edu, or Jessie Capper Jcapper17@cmc.edu, Jenna Perelman Jperelma2452@scrippscollege.edu, Liza Farr Efarr15@cmc.edu, and Janelle Shiozaki jshiozaki16@cmc.edu,


Event Detail

On Friday, February 6th, 2015, Claremont McKenna will be host to the first annual Green Careers Conference organized by the Roberts Environmental Center in partnership with Student ImpACT. The day-long event will bring together students and top-tier professionals to discuss the opportunities for modern, environmental careers.

Jake Shimkus, a current CMC senior and executive coordinator for the event, first came up with the idea for the conference while studying renewable energy in Copenhagen Denmark. With the support of the Roberts Environmental Center, Shimkus brought together a team of dedicated students to coordinate and plan this new tradition at Claremont. Through their combined efforts, the team has organized a day of panel discussions, a keynote presentation, and career fair to engage students from throughout the 5Cs in a wide range of possible environmental careers.

The day will kick off at 10:30 am with a panel discussion on environmental consulting careers featuring two Claremont alumni, Hilary Haskell ’14 and Ryan Miller Po ’14. Three additional panels throughout the day will feature discussions on careers in environmental law, business, and non-profits, with representatives from The Environmental Defense Fund, Yale, Microsoft, and others.

Working with the CMC Career Services office, the conference will also host a career fair on campus. “We want to build a strong connection between the Claremont community and these leaders in environmental business and non-profits,” says Shimkus. The fair will provide students the opportunity to engage one-on-one with representatives from leading environmental businesses and non-profits from throughout the region.

In partnership with the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the conference will host David Orr for a lunchtime keynote presentation. Orr is chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College and a renowned environmental author. His presentation “Hot Careers in a Warming World” will highlight the opportunities students have for addressing today’s environmental challenges through professional careers.

The conference joins a rising tide of social and environmental engagement opportunities at CMC including the college’s recent designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus.

“CMC students are really beginning to focus on the impact they can have on the world,” says Shimkus. “This conference will provide students with a direct connection to opportunities for creating positive environmental change beyond CMC.”