WNC Announces internship program to help facilitate Nevada Green Business Program

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Erica Gallegos

Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College, part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, announced that it has hired Erica Gallegos to manage the GreenBizTracker database and to supervise WNC interns who will be hired for the Nevada Green Business Program.

WNC and Nevada based non-profit greenUP! are working together to launch a statewide green business program and to create a database for collecting outcomes that measure environmental performance for the state.

GreenBizTracker motivates businesses to make voluntary behavior and facility changes that net positive and measurable environmental outcomes. As a business moves through an online checklist of verifiable environmental actions, metrics are calculated. These metrics document key outcomes such as greenhouse gas emissions reduced, energy saved, gallons of water saved, tons of waste diverted from the landfill and hazardous materials reduced. Once businesses have completed the checklist, they are recognized or certified and added to an online directory. The public can find and patronize these businesses by using the online searchable directory.

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WNC will leverage its qualified staff to train interns to assist manufacturers and businesses desiring to green their operations.

Gallegos graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno with an Environmental Science degree. She worked with greenUP! on the Carson City green dining district and helped organize the green team for the 2019 Nevada Day.

WNC interns will be trained in pollution prevention and sustainability to help businesses become green certified. Interns must be enrolled as WNC students and will receive $15/hour during their training and service period. Interested students can apply online at https://www.wnc.edu/jobs/student_jobs/on_campus/00006562/ or email erica.gallegos@wnc.edu.

WNC is part of a statewide effort for workforce development around manufacturing jobs, and it is a leading college for providing training in advanced manufacturing. With state-of-the art machinery and technical faculty, WNC is well-qualified to lead the state to transition into safer and more sustainable manufacturing processes.

Dr. Georgia White, director of Career and Technical Education for WNC and project director for the grants, said, “The Nevada Green Business Program and internship program are consistent with WNC’s core values and sustainability policy and this internship provides a tremendous learning opportunity for students to get work-based experience. WNC has a commitment to workforce development, particularly in manufacturing jobs, and we want to encourage all businesses to consider their environmental impact while streamlining their operations.”

About:

• Since 1971, Western Nevada College has helped students embark on the road to success by preparing them for a variety of careers through associate and bachelor degrees, industry certifications and workforce training. WNC offers exemplary academics, affordability and student satisfaction. Many Western grads become leaders in their communities and excel in their professions. Through its multiple campuses, resource and learning centers, cohorts and expanding online offerings, Western is able to meet many students’ needs, whether they are residing in remote parts of Nevada or trying to fit in their education while raising a family. For more information, visit wnc.edu.

• greenUP! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides environmental education for businesses helping Nevada cut down on waste, reducing valuable resource consumption and fighting climate change in an environmentally safe and cost-effective manner. For more information, go to http://greenupnow.biz.

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