On Wednesday, November 4th, the CoLA: Paris Is An Explanation class attended Emory’s annual Green Networking Night, an event that brings together sustainability professionals from a vast variety of fields, including wildlife conservation, engineering, marketing, policy advocacy, clean energy, and agriculture.
As a college junior who is still undecided about the next steps in her career, it was slightly overwhelming yet definitely inspiring to meet people who represent so many different areas of focus. At the Green Networking Night were distinguished Emory alumni and Emory affiliates who have worked in fields ranging from corporate consulting to nonprofit research, from the smallest start-up to Coca-Cola. It’s a testament to the character of green business as a new and rapidly evolving field. Several sustainability-related jobs have either just been created within the last few years or still have yet to come into existence, so it is rife with opportunity for young professionals who are excited to carve their own path.
An unexpected benefit I gained from the evening was having just researched solar energy in Georgia for my podcast project in the class, and then meeting several CEOs and senior representatives of solar energy companies and energy alliances in Atlanta. I walked away from the event with a stack of business cards and a plethora of new ideas to explore for our class research.
Networking events can often be intimidating and stressful, but the Green Networking Night was one of the most casual, friendly events I’ve had the pleasure of attending. As Joe Thomas of Trees Atlanta said to me at the beginning of the evening: in a room full of people who are committed to protecting the environment, it’s pretty difficult to find someone who is rude. The network of people who are passionate about sustainability inherently consists of exceptionally collaborative and innovative professionals. As such, the Green Networking Night was an incredibly rewarding experience for the CoLA class and for the Emory community.
Amy Hou 11/19/2015