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Aug. 13, 2009

Public invited to learn about 'green' job opportunities Aug. 20

"The 'Green' Industry and Jobs in the Corridor Area" is the focus of a career networking development event to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Daniel Arthur's, 821 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Organized by the alumni associations of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa, the event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

Guests at the renewable energy session will include Barry Butler (photo, left), professor and dean of the UI College of Engineering; Craig Just, (photo, right) adjunct assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering coordinator of sustainability programs and research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering; and representatives from Acciona Windpower, Clipper Turbine Works, Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Iowa City Area Development Group and Corridor Careers.

Butler recently was elected to the board of directors -- as the only current academic member -- of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for some 2,000 companies engaged in the U.S. wind industry.

Butler's AWEA service follows the 2008 creation of the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a collaborative project led by the UI College of Engineering. In April, IAWIND received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

IAWIND helps the state of Iowa attract wind energy companies and related industries in an effort to enhance Iowa's already high position as a U.S. leader in wind-generated energy. Last year, Iowa captured the No. 2 national position in wind energy generation capacity.

Future career events, all scheduled between 5 and 7 p.m. at Daniel Arthur's, 821 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapid, include:

--Thursday, Sept, 17, "Social Media and Marketing in Business."
--Thursday, Oct. 15, "Community Engagement: Get Out, Get Involved!."

For more information, call 800/IOWALUM, e-mail or visit

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