Corporate Climate Strategists
Corporate climate strategists work in such industries as consumer products, energy, insurance, real estate, and finance, as well as for government agencies. Examples of companies that have developed corporate climate strategies include Xerox, DuPont, Alcoa, GE, Burt's Bees, Interface, Adidas, BP, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Volunteering is an excellent way to learn more about a company's culture, its employees, environmental issues, and to see if the work they do interests you. You may also find it a great way to meet key players, which could help you get a foot in the door. Visit the Web sites of the companies that interest you to see if they list volunteer opportunities. If you're interested in the energy-generation sector, check out GRID Alternatives (http://www.gridalternatives.org). Attending conferences is another way to learn what industry leaders are discussing and to find out about potential employment opportunities. Visit https://www.corporateenergyseries.com to learn about upcoming events.
The career path for corporate climate strategists is not linear, so advancement can be in any number of directions, depending on one's interests and talents. Strategists can advance to senior management and director positions within the corporation. They may consult with outside organizations while employed, or start their own consulting businesses. They may also lecture at conferences, teach at universities, or share their knowledge by writing books and articles.
Tips for Entry
During summer vacation, volunteer with a company with which you have shared environmental interests to learn more about it.
If your school doesn't have an environmental club, consider starting one with friends. The article "How to Start an Environmental Club at Your School," published by Scientific American is one resource. Read it online at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-start-an-environment-club.
Take as many science, computer, speech, business, and math classes as possible while in high school to help prepare for this career.
Become a member of environmental organizations to connect with others interested in this field.
Learn more about the field by reading related books, Web sites, and blogs.