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Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Thursday, April 15, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 pm Mt, 12 pm Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul
Blooming Where You're Planted: Creating a Climate of Sustainability in the Workplace
This interview is for those who love their current career or position, but want to bring their personal environmental commitments into the workplace. It is also for those interested in changing careers to do work that is more environmentally focused but who might not know where to start. Rosenmoss will discuss how we can promote sustainable practices into our businesses and places of employment. In addition, she will provide educational and training resources to help you become your office's green guru, grow a green career out of a current position, or begin the transition into a new career.
Shawn Rosenmoss is a Senior Environmental Specialist with San Francisco’s Department of the Environment (SF Environment), where she oversees Grants, Fundraising, and Community Partnerships. In addition to helping to grant $1.5M annually to Zero Waste and Environmental Justice projects, she coordinates securing funds for many SF Environment’s projects and programs. She is responsible for developing environmental partnerships with myriad non-environmental entities, such the Greenstacks partnership with the SF Public Library. This collaboration promotes sustainability through programming, collections, branch renovations, and daily operations and maintenance, and has the potential to reach as many as 50% of the City’s library card-holding residents through the 28 SFPL branches. She also manages programming, exhibits and community use for SF Environment’s newly renovated EcoCenter at 11 Grove. Rosenmoss was instrumental in the recent creation of SF Environment Now, a workforce development program that employs 40 residents to provide outreach and education on City programs while they are participating in extensive eco-literacy and soft skills training.
Prior to joining SF Environment, Rosenmoss ran a Bay Area circus which provided opportunities to see and participate in the performing arts to underserved populations throughout California. Other career highlights include opening and operating a school for young adults with myriad barriers to scholastic achievement and employment; creating art, educational and college track programs for youth in foster care and public housing; teaching internationally; and designing semiconductors for GE. She sits on the Boards of Flyaway Productions and the Artists in Residence Program at the SF Transfer Station (otherwise known as the Dump), as well serving on the advisory committees for Sweet Can Dance and Africa Matters. Rosenmoss has created an “Implementing Green” organizing tool being used by schools and non-profit agencies around the State. A former dancer and aerialist, Rosenmoss holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Secondary Math Teaching Credential.
Exercise: How Could you Apply Environmental Practices in Your Workplace?
Think of one action in each of the areas of energy, food, water, materials consumption, waste, toxics and transportation that could be adopted in your workplace and would make a positive difference in its environmental impact. Look on your city's website and see what environmental resources and support for they provide for the commercial sector.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Grants, Fundraising and Community Partnerships
Department of the Environment
City and County of San Francisco
11 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Live and Recorded Tele-Interviews.
Shawn Rosenmoss is Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment. When I invited Shawn to be interviewed I had no idea that she also is a former dancer and aerialist (for a circus, no less!) and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Secondary Math Teaching Credential. She walks the talk on making career transitions. Shawn, you would be an excellent model for my "Tightrope Model of Career Decision-Making." As a former aerialist, you appear to move effortlessly from one career to another in a continual balancing act. Now, I'd like to find out how all your past careers have led you to become an environmental leader employed by the City of San Francisco.
- In your write-up for this interview, you said you would discuss how we can promote sustainable practices into our businesses and places of employment. What ideas do you have?
- You also said in your write-up for this interview that you will provide educational and training resources to help individuals who want to become more involved in the green movement: (a) become their office's green guru, (b) grow a green career out of a current position, or (c) begin the transition into a new career. What ideas did you have for each of these transitions?
- Your career transitions to supporitng environmental programs would be of interest to our career development professionals, who are our primary listeners. How did you transition from earning a BA in electrical engineering to teaching secondary math to running a Bay Area circus to serving as senior environmental specialist with the City and County of San Franicisco?
- What is SF Environment Now, a workforce development program that employs 40 residents to provide outreach and education on City programs while they are participating in extensive eco-literacy and soft skills training? How can we find out more about this program?
- What is the Greenstacks partnership that you developed with the SF Public Library?
- What is the “Implementing Green” organizing tool that you created and that is being used by schools and non-profit agencies around the State?
- What role does SF government play in the green movement? How do you collaborate with other entities (i.e., other government departments, other cities, SF community)?
- What are city governments, in general, doing to support social/environmental/economic sustainability?
- How does the U.S. compare with other countries in saving the environment?
- What opportunities are there for education and training in San Francisco? How would one find out about education and training in other cities?
- Are any federal stimulus package incentive funds being used for environmental programs and job creation?
- What opportunities are there in the environmental field for ex-offenders, individuals with disability challenges, older workers, new college grads, school to work, and others with barriers?
- You are an inspiration to others who are incorporating environmental awareness into their work and personal lives. Where do you see yourself going from here?
Thank you Shawn. You ndeed conduct your life as an aerialist balancing on the high wire. In your current career, you are like the 200th monkey, moving effortlessly from tree to tree, sharing innovative "green" programs that sustain both the environment and society. Listeners who register for the June 29 National Career Development Association professional development institute in San Francisco on What is a Sawmill Without a Forest? will hear more from Shawn. Shawn will be a panelist, along with several other Careerwell speakers.
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- May 20, 2010, Dick Gaither, Overcoming the 12 Myths of Maturity: 35 Ways to Conquer Age Bias and Answering Over-Qualification Questions
- May 27, 2010, Linda Sollars, Overcoming Barriers to Job Search & Workplace Effectiveness
For Careerwell Tele-Interviews, this is Dr. Sally Gelardin.