Green Festival Speakers

Michael Johnson-Chase



Michael Johnson-Chase is the Director of the Green Career Training Program at http://solar1.org/" target="_blank">Solar One. Responsible for program design and management, partnership development and employer cultivation, Michael built the training program from an idea in 2009 to serving 695 participants in energy efficiency, renewable energy and building operations and maintenance courses in 2011.

A former university professor, Michael is past Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Associate Dean for the Peck School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Michael has worked extensively at premier cultural and academic institutions all across the globe. In 2004, Michael shifted to a new career in renewable energy and energy efficiency by training in solar system installation at Bronx Community College in New York City. He subsequently worked for a year as a solar installer at Quad State Solar in Long Island before returning to educational programming for Solar One. He holds a BA from San Francisco State University and several professional certificates; however, his education is better described as a long apprenticeship in learning by doing, which is how learning in the theatre and building trades really work