It’s hard to jump right into a career without having any prior experience, right? To get started, you might want to do some community service to help the environment or take some trainings to help you along the way.
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Last week, I mentioned the fact that our parent company, Important Media, is launching the best green jobs website ever. An Indiegogo campaign is currently running to raise funds to fully develop and release this green jobs portal, and pledges to that campaign are greatly appreciated. But there’s another way you can help out, which […]
Our parent company, Important Media, is working on a great project that has the potential to make a real difference in the world. And although it’s not a new kind of electric vehicle, or a radical clean energy innovation, or even a better mousetrap, it is a venture that may open up a world of […]
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The green sector is one in which job growth has continued despite the recession. This could be due to the current government administration and their platform of eco-friendly advances, but it may also have something to do with the fact that awareness of environmental issues is on the rise, leading to a consumer marketplace in which the demand for green products and services is growing. In any case, there are a whole slew of job types related to this that look promising for the future. Here are a few you may want to consider pursuing.
Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition’s eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments.
For those looking to turn their careers green, here are a few key ways to shift into this expanding industry.
General Electric (GE) was in the news this week after it released its 2011 Annual Report. GE has spent several years positioning itself as an innovator in low-carbon technologies. Now the sustainable arm of the company — called ecoimagination — has generated $100 billion in revenues and is growing at more than twice the rate of the rest of the company, according to Mark Vachon, the vice president of eco-imagination. GE didn’t invest in climate solutions because it is home to a bunch of treehuggers. They did it because it is good for business.
Keystone makes no economic sense for America. Once we take into account the true cost of oil including subsidies, environmental damage, and military costs, oil is far more expensive than the alternatives. The best thing we can do for the American economy and for American businesses as a whole is to wean ourselves from oil as quickly as possible.
President Obama put off a decision on the controversial Keystone pipeline that will carry tar sands oil from Central Canada through the Central U.S. down to refineries in Louisiana. The Administration’s action requires a full environmental review – a move that puts off the pipeline decision until 2013, following the Presidential election. But the pipeline approval has raised its head again in an unlikely scenario – a tax bill to extend payroll taxes for American businesses.
One hundred economists agree: we can create more jobs by improving our public lands’ infrastructure and creating more parks and monuments. Economists involved with Headwaters Economics, an independent research group, wrote a letter to President Obama outlining how paying more attention to public lands can improve our economy, too.
With the country in both an environmental crisis and an economical crisis, times are looking pretty dire for a lot of people. Those who are still employed aren’t certain how long they’ll be able to maintain their employment, and a lot of the nation’s traditional industries such as auto-manufacturing are going through some intense changes.
The ‘What’s the Deal with Green Jobs” Infographic by Jobvine Jobs shows some very interesting statistics about green jobs!
Did you know??
You can earn more with a green job?
Green non-residential construction industry can potentially grow to a 145 billion dollar industry by 2015!
President Obama’s goal is to obtain 80% clean energy by 2035?
Green IT solutions are high on senior executives lists.
See what the top green companies in the US are doing!
The GoGreen Conference brings together businesses for one day to discuss sustainable business practices on a regional level. The conference caters to both established companies and start-ups who want their businesses to be more sustainable without sacrificing profits.
I am sure you have notices our new theme! To add to that we now have a Green Jobs Board for you all on the bottom-right side of all our pages this week. The system is specifically tailored to you all, but can be adjusted as time goes on to make it even more relevant.
If you’re looking for a job (or just curious), check it out and let us know if you have any feedback.
Scott Cooney, resident of Hawai’i, founder of GreenBusinessOwner.com, and author of ‘Build a Green Small Business’ (McGraw-Hill), has created the ‘Green Economy Board Game’ that brings sustainable economic development, green job opportunities and Hawai’i all together!
This game makes sustainability come to life in a fun, interactive way. Players are investors looking to make more than just financial returns by helping local entrepreneurs in Hawai’i develop sustainability-oriented businesses like organic farms, geothermal plants, green building companies, solar installers, and bike shops. The game is ideal for those who are interested in sustainability as a better way to do business, and can be played by 2-6 players ages 13+.
Large companies are always in the news but its the small and medium sized operations that contribute significantly to economic growth and job growth. As they are the center of innovation, I believe they can make the most impact for the eco-business paradigm that can change “business as usual”.