NAU to host free discussion on green jobs

A panel discussion on “green” jobs will take place at Northern Arizona University on Friday followed by a reception and keynote address by Billy Parish, founder of the Energy Action Coalition.

The discussion and speech are the finale to the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference.

The panel discussion will be from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 in the High Country Conference Center. The keynote address will follow immediately afterward.

The panel discussion will feature Andy Kruse, co-founder of  Southwest Windpower, who will discuss what employers are looking for and talk about how to create your own company;  Lon Huber, policy associate of  AZRise, who will discuss how to complement your education with relevant volunteer experiences and internships; Wahleah Johns, co-director of the  Black Mesa Water Coalition, discussing how to advocate for investment in a clean energy future that will create jobs; Keegan King, director of New Mexico Youth United, who will discuss his political activism experiences, and his work to educate train green jobs leaders to run for office; and Sandra Begay-Campbell, principal member of the technical staff for Sandia National Laboratory, talking about the importance of student internships in acquiring skills that employers require.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit