Meet the Fest

Green Jobs Panel

From the renewable energy industry to jobs in conservation, ecology and sustainability, green jobs are among the fastest growing job sector in our economy.   Also, green jobs are  seen as an avenue towards jobs empowered by economic justice that can transform worker’s and their communities’ lives.  Join us for the Green Jobs panel which will cover types of jobs and training necessary and how green jobs go hand in hand with economic and community development.


Panelists include:

John Esson is the founder of the Environmental Career Center, a job board for environmental jobs, conservation jobs, sustainability careers, biology and ecology employment, clean energy jobs.  He also is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Partners Achieving Sustainability Excellence Corps (  As well, he served as the Chairman of the Careers Development Committee of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and on the board of directors for the Green Jobs Alliance and Hampton Roads Green Buildings Council.

Montana Busch is the President and CEO of Alternative Energy Southeast, Inc. (AES), a full-service electrical contractor that specializes in the design and installation of renewable energy systems. He graduated from North Carolina State University with an education in Renewable Energy Technologies such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, and green building technologies. He graduated as a certified Journeyman Wireman from the 5-year apprenticeship and training program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and he’s a Georgia licensed, non-restricted Master Electrician.  Alternative Energy Southeast is a sponsor of the festival.

Chelsa Barnes is the director of Appalachian Voices’ New Economy for Appalachia program which combines the four key principles of community engagement, economic diversification, land restoration and growing the clean energy sector.  Appalachian Voices is a sponsor of the festival.

Laura Love from Get Off The Grid Fest and the Climate Reality Project will moderate the panel which happens on Sunday at 1 pm.

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