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Green Job of the Day: Senior Electrical Engineer, Solar Design Associates (Harvard, MA)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Senior Electrical Engineer
Organization: Solar Design Associates
Location: Harvard, Massachusetts

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. The complete job announcement and application information is available here.

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Solar Design Associates (Harvard, MA) is the nation's premier design / engineering firm specializing in renewable energy systems for buildings. Over 25 years, the interdisciplinary firm has earned an international reputation for the pioneering integration of renewable energy systems – especially photovoltaics – with buildings. Our projects include: the 1st solar-powered Olympics, the US Mission to the UN, the SF Giants Stadium, the 1st solar-powered neighborhood, the 1st zero-energy, solar-powered residence, the 1st zero-energy college academic building, the 1st wind-powered college campus and three solar systems at the White House. We are currently working on numerous Zero Net Energy projects in MA and throughout the country.

SDA is looking for licensed professional Electrical Engineers. SDA offers motivated engineers the opportunity to join a fast-paced, creatively challenging design team in the rapidly growing field of renewable energy. Responsibilities include working with our experienced team to design/engineer solar electric and wind energy systems, provide engineering calculations, produce construction documents, field assessments, review feasibility reports, and provide installation oversight and systems commissioning. You will interface with clients, architects, utility representatives and code officials, as well as oversee and guide up-and-coming engineers in training. Project involvement will range from custom, energy-autonomous residences to commercial, institutional and retail. Travel opportunities abound within and outside the US.

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Governors of 12 States Send Letter to President Obama Requesting Energy and Climate Strategy Meeting

On January 29th, twelve state governors sent a letter to President Obama, requesting "a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century."

The full text of the letter follows below (a PDF version of the letter is also available).


Office of the Governors

January 29, 2009

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

In your message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in November, you spoke ofa new chapter in America's leadership on climate change. You stated that "delay is no longer an option" and "denial is not an acceptable response." You offered that "any governor willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House." As governors ofstates that have been proactive on climate change and clean energy issues, we welcome the opportunity to take you up on that offer. We ask to meet with you and your energy and environment leadership team as soon as possible to forge a new, dynamic partnership ofstate, local and federal leaders that will be critical to addressing climate change and leading our country toward a clean energy economy.

It is crucial that we build on our states' momentum. In the absence of federal leadership, we led the way in building an American climate change and clean energy policy from the ground up. Working with local communities and private businesses, we've pursued policies that focus on green jobs, renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

We believe a successful national program will build on the work our states have done so far and will follow the same principles that guided our efforts. Specifically, it should:

  • Set ambitious goals to achieve national emission reductions to avoid dangerous
    interference with the climate system.
  • Couple market mechanisms, such as an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, with flexible perfonnance standards and incentives for developing and deploying clean, efficient, low-emission technologies.
  • Use the value inherent in emissions allowances to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and take advantage of the states' expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, green job creation and assistance to municipalities and less advantaged, vulnerable populations so that all citizens can reap the benefits of a sustainable clean energy future.
  • Preserve and enhance state and local authority to continue implementing innovative measures and programs that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions.
  • Recognize the value of private investments made under existing state and regional capand-trade programs and ensure that state clean energy programs funded by the auction of allowances issued under those programs are preserved.

We applaud your call to enact a strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policy, and we are committed to helping develop a policy that harnesses the experience, efficiency and creativity of programs at the local, state and regional levels. To this end, we write to request a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century. We look forward to working with you.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor Christine O. Gregoire

Governor Jim Doyle

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
The Honorable Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

Clean Energy Job Fair to Take Place in Boston on November 19

A clean energy job fair will take place on November 19 in Boston, MA.  This event is part of the Fourth Conference on Clean Energy that is being organized by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition.  The job fair will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115.  Attendance at the job fair is free for job seekers, but registration is required.

A clean energy career panel will also be taking place on November 19 from 1:45 – 2:30 pm at the Hynes Convention Center.  Attendance at the career panel is free for students.  Panel members will be:

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