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The Sustainability Skills Seminars offer students and alumni practical skills that are specific to sustainability and environmental careers. The half-day, non-credit seminars are free.

Sustainability Skills Seminars Fall 2017

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF A SUSTAINABILITY JOB SEARCH
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, 10AM-3PM
INSTRUCTOR: CATHY GIBBONS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ALUMNI CAREER DEVELOPMENT, GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

First impressions will make or break your chances of being considered for positions. Your marketing materials (resume, LinkedIn profile, pitch and cover letters) are the first professional connections that you make with an employer or others in your chosen profession. You want to ensure that you create a professional image for yourself. This workshop will cover how to create marketing materials that meet professional standards and help you to develop a compelling professional story of yourself. It will also look at the components of a larger career planning strategy and the importance of a self-assessment as a foundation for formulating the criteria that you will use to select your next employer and job. You should bring a copy of your resume and if available, a paper copy of your LinkedIn profile and pitch.

MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR RESULTS
OCTOBER 14, 2017, 10AM-3PM
INSTRUCTOR: STEPHEN F PIROZZI, SR. MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST, WORLD BANK GROUP

This workshop will introduce students to the design and application of monitoring and evaluation frameworks.  Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is central to promoting a deeper understanding of project goals that leads to smarter project design and, hopefully, success.  Systematic monitoring and evaluation will aid our understanding of how well projects are performing, and whether they are effective or likely to achieve their stated goals.  A well-designed results measurement framework will enable teams to more effectively plan and allocate resources, learn from past experience, improve delivery, and ensure accountability by linking actions to results.

The results framework is an articulation of a project’s theory of change and serves as a management tool throughout different stages of the project cycle. At the preparation stage, its supports strategic planning and better project design and informs the selection of realistic and attainable objectives. By completion, teams should be able to assess overall project performance and determine whether more structured ex-post evaluation is required to understand impact and sustainability.

This seminar will introduce the basic concepts central to establishing effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks.  Student teams will apply these principals to sample cases.  Alternatively, students are welcome to suggest real time projects and challenges that we can consider.

By the end of the seminar, attendees will have a better understanding of:  a) a project’s theory of change; b) basic M&E framework design, and; c) how to apply these principles to improve project design and measure results.

LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 (4PM-8PM) AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 (10 AM-2 PM)
INSTRUCTOR: ASHLEY MUSE, INDEPENDENT SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT; HANNAH BRONFMAN, YR& G CONSULTING

This seminar will introduce students to green building design and help prepare them for the LEED Green

Associate exam. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a strong understanding of current green building principles and practices.

TO RSVP: Please note that registration for the Skills Seminars below are done through the Earth Institute Job List. Your username is your UNI_ei and you can reset your password on the log in page.

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Please note that registrations for the Skills Seminars are now being done through the Earth Institute Job List. Your username is your UNI_ei and you can reset your password on the log in page.

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