Going Green as a Technical Communicator

Cheryl Landes


The green movement is growing rapidly, and it’s creating a high demand for great technical communicators. In this session, Cheryl Landes, who is working with clients in the green industry, will describe the opportunities in this field and provide tips on how to break in.

During this presentation, Cheryl will answer the following questions:

  • What is the green industry?
  • How is the green industry expanding? (It’s moving cross industries, which will be explained in depth during this segment.)
  • Why are technical communicators needed?
  • What roles do technical communicators fill in the green industry and green initiatives?
  • How do technical communicators become green?

Cheryl will also provide a resource list with more information about the green industry, along with job searching resources and green organizations.

Presenter Biography

Cheryl Landes, an award-winning technical writer, is the founder and owner of Tabby Cat Communications in Seattle. She has more than 21 years of experience as a technical writer in several industries: computer software, energy savings, marine transportation, manufacturing, retail, and the trade press. An active member of STC and the American Society for Indexing (ASI) on the chapter and national levels, Cheryl speaks frequently at STC and ASI meetings throughout the United States and Canada. She is also the author of dozens of articles and three books on Northwest travel and history.

Cheryl’s first technical communications job was for a company involved in environmental remediation and cleanup—long before the green industry became a trend. Since then, she has written technical documentation and marketing materials for HVAC and smart-metering companies whose focus is saving energy. She has also worked on promotional materials for green initiatives in software and hardware manufacturing companies.