Albertan Green Buildings and Communities: Part 3 (Finale)
Welcome to the last post of the series on green building with a focus on the Albertan company Carbon Busters. So far I have introduced some innovative upcoming projects in green building in Alberta and featured an interview with the president of Carbon Busters, Godo Stoyke. In my interview with him, I pressed for insider details on employment in a green company and within the green building industry.
We started off our conversation more generally, talking about employment in the sustainable field. Being at the midpoint in my undergraduate degree I found it very comforting to hear Godo talk about the importance of a “solid foundation” rather than a specific degree program. He pointed out that a range of fields and backgrounds are involved in a green industry. Godo’s own switch from botany to building science shows that careers are flexible and you “can never really predict how you are going to use your degree.” Sustainability is an ever evolving field, so when thinking about what field to study, a solid foundation and interest in the subject is key.
Concerning employment within Carbon Busters and the green building industry, Godo mentioned a preference for individuals with a “technical background.” This includes NAIT’s Alternative Energy program and training in sustainable building certifications (e.g., LEED).Godo spoke very highly of the graduates from NAIT’s Alternative Energy Program, a two year diploma program that prepares students to work in the field of sustainable energy. Specifically, the degree prepares students to work with geothermal, hydro, solar electric/thermal and bioenergy and cogeneration. However, he also said that personalities are important and that a good problem solver may be hired over someone with a technical background. In their interview processes, Carbon Busters tests applicants to find the “independent problem solvers.” I asked Godo where he posted job listings and how Carbon Busters finds their employees. Here is some of what he provided (now saved on my phone for future job hunts)!
- Good Work Canada
- RCEN Canadian Environmental Network
- ECO Canada Job Board
- Work Cabin
- Job Bank
I hope that this series has been interesting to read. It has been interesting to write!
Thumbnail image via goodwork.ca