Costa Mesa High School's gym buzzed with all things green Friday.
Clean Green Technology Inc., Viridistor LLC, Orange County Coastkeeper, Orange Coast College's Recycling Center and other organizations set up booths around the gym to educate students about careers in environmental sustainability.
"The green career job market is becoming more and more important," as the Earth's natural resources are depleted, said teacher Cristen Rasmussen. "It's important for our students to be able to address those issues when they get out in the real world."
About 800 students filtered through the first Green Career Fair hosted by the Mesa's Environmental and Marine Academy, a career academy for students interested in sustainability, green living and the ocean. The academy prepares them for entering green college programs, said Rasmussen, who also serves as a co-coordinator of the academy.
Rasmussen and her co-coordinator, teacher Cheri Daniels, for years discussed hosting the Green Career Fair.