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Obama Names Energy,
Environmental Team

Karim Kadim/AP

President-elect Obama formally announced the members of his energy and environment teams Monday, making good on promises to focus on global warming with the appointment of a strong slate of candidates that includes Nobel laureate Steven Chu. [full story] via NPR.org

Governor Kaine Announces
Renew Virginia Initiative

Richmond, VA – Governor Timothy M. Kaine kicked off his Renew Virginia initiative Dec 11th, which will include legislative and executive actions to make Virginia a leader in energy conservation and efficiency and protecting the environment. The Governor met with his economic development team and energy-related business owners to discuss strategies for attracting renewable energy companies, and unveiled plans to form an interagency task force and create an energy marketing plan to attract green jobs to Virginia [more info]

'Good News' for Green Industry

Companies in Ohio are applauding the state's first master's program in clean and renewable energy. UD, Wright State University, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology will join forces to start the two-year program. [full story]

We need a big green jobs machine

Ban Ki Moon, San Francisco Chronicle

Amid the pressures of the global financial crisis, some ask how we can afford to tackle climate change. The better question is: Can we afford not to? [full story]

Green Careers Center Concludes Successful Green Careers Seminar at Annual AASHE Conference in Raleigh

The Green Careers Center conducted the Green Careers Seminar on Tuesday, November 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The careers seminar was part of the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.aashe.org) – and was a great place to meet for aspiring environmental professionals, college students, career changers, and anyone interested in a career that makes a difference. [more info]

Hot 'Green' Jobs Keep Evolving
But not all companies are being as
environmentally friendly as they think

It wasn't long ago when people thought "green jobs" and came up with a bunch of clichés. Think park ranger, ecologist, or activist for an environmental group like Greenpeace. Now there's a new green economy that's stretching its fingertips in all sorts of directions and touching just about any industry you can think of. [full story] via U.S. News and World Report

UN forecasts boom in 'green jobs'

The UN says millions of new jobs will be created worldwide over the next few decades by the development of alternative energy technologies. [full story] via BBC news

Greener pastures for job seekers
For a growing number of career changers, fulfillment means finding a job in the emerging "green economy."

For the past seven years that he held a corporate job at DuPont, Clarence Chaplin, now 60, felt something wasn't right. When the company "right sized" his position after 32 years, he left -- no regrets -- and entered the green economy. [full story] via Star Tribune

Report: $100 billion would foster 2 million green jobs

Unemployment would plummet along with the reliance on and cost of foreign oil, if the U.S. government invested $100 billion to create 2 million green jobs, according to a report from progressive groups. [more] via cnet.com/greentech

Photo: AP Photo / Itsuo Inouye

Yao Ming Becomes First
'Environment Champion'

U.S. Beats China in Olympic Basketball, but
U.N. Recognizes Native Star

By Dan Shapley, The Daily Green
Yao Ming sank a three-pointer
to open the U.S.-Chinese basketball match at the Beijing Olympics, but couldn't lead his team to victory against the star-studded U.S. team.

Ming, probably the most recognizable Chinese athlete in America, may not be headed for gold on the court, but he has another distinction already: He has been named the first-ever "Environment Champion" by the United Nations. [full story] via thedailygreen.com

Green jobs, subprime confessions
By Erin Conroy

'Green-Collar' Jobs: Companies are stepping up their environmental initiatives, and that could mean one thing — a boom in "green-collar" jobs. [more]

The bottled water police
Sustainability is everyone’s job

Stephen Bell, director of sustainable operations at the Chicago Botanic Garden

When Stephen Bell graduated with a degree in environmental management from the University of Rhode Island in 1993, he hoped to follow the earth-friendly path he had cultivated during a childhood of wandering Rhode Island's red maple swamps. But environmental jobs were few and far between; they paid poorly, and they were so fringe as to be risky. So Mr. Bell, 41, dabbled in environmental education for a year, then moved to Chicago to earn a master's in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. That led him to jobs in education, visitor services and operations with the Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, then to the Chicago Center for Green Technology, a city-owned facility that offers public education and demonstration programs. It wasn't until January, however, that Mr. Bell found the job with his name written all over it. [full story]

Harvard Law School’s new program, and its faculty director, aim to change the way we think about environmental law

To avoid the worst impacts, scientists say, the global community must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions—a task that will require a massive effort by individuals, businesses, NGOs and governments to develop and use regulatory, market and technological innovations.
 How can lawyers help? [full story]

Finding a Green Energy Job Just Got Easier
A New Book, Careers in Renewable Energy,
Aids Job Seekers

In just a few years renewable energy has gone from a trendy niche to a national imperative. Today thousands of employers in dozens of sectors are looking for employees. [more info]

It's Lucrative Being Green: 5 Hot Green-Collar Jobs

by Christina Couch, ClassesUSA

When architectural intern Jennifer Downey moved from Richmond, Virginia, to New York City last year, it took more than a college degree to land her current job with the design firm Marble Fairbanks.

Prior to moving, Jennifer obtained her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, accreditation, a credential issued by the U.S. Green Building Council for architects specializing in environmentally conscious building practices. She attributes her current professional success to her knowledge of both architecture and the Earth. [full story]

Cool Job of the Month
From the Faculty of Environmental Studies
at the University of Waterloo

This month's profile:
Jillian Roulet graduated with her Master’s degree in Planning from UW and pursued a career with Parks Canada, eventually becoming the superintendent of Banff National Park. [Read her profile]

Green jobs can't be outsourced
Pam Dawkins - Connecticut Post

Bridgeport— The job of someone who is weather-stripping your house cannot be outsourced overseas. And that's only one of the selling points for so-called "green" jobs — those with an environmental or sustainable aspect — that outlook was the topic of an event at The Barnum Museum. [full story]

Majoring in Renewable Energy
Keith Schneider - The New York Times

As business and industry are taking more interest in renewable energy, academia is not far behind. Anticipating increased demand for new technical and design skills, colleges and universities across the nation are offering degree programs in the field. Starting salaries nationally, say students and faculty members, typically range between $35,000 to $45,000 for graduates of two-year programs and $45,000 to $60,000 for graduates of four-year programs. [full story]

We have no energy strategy for green jobs
Thomas L. Friedman - The New York Times

If you are going to use tax policy to shape energy strategy then you want to raise taxes on the things you want to discourage — gasoline consumption and gas-guzzling cars — and you want to lower taxes on the things you want to encourage — new, renewable energy technologies. We are doing just the opposite. Are you sitting down? [full story]

11 great green ideas

Entrepreneurs are risking their money to develop everything from hybrid vehicles to home solar-panel systems. Here are some of the best concepts.[full story]

No takers to be the home alone ranger

It's one of the most desirable environmental jobs and yet authorities are struggling to fill it. The plum role of managing the Royal National Park south of Sydney is being readvertised after a search by the National Parks and Wildlife Service late last year failed to land a suitable candidate. [full story]

Successful Environmental Career Seminar completed at NAEP/AEP Conference in San Diego

The Environmental Career Center conducted the Environmental Careers Seminar on Tuesday, March 25th, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The seminar was for aspiring environmental professionals, college students, career changers, and anyone interested in a career that makes a difference. [seminar recap]

Wind farms need techs to keep running

LINCOLN, Kan. (AP) - The line of towering wind turbines stand motionless on the ridgeline above Interstate 70 in central Kansas, Y-shaped silhouettes amid the swirling snow.

Despite the weather, dozens of technicians are working to get the 10-mile-long Smoky Hills Wind Farm ready to begin producing electricity.

Jason Martinson, who is supervising the 56-turbine operation on behalf of Enel North America Inc., said after almost a decade in the industry he's still amazed by how fast wind farms like Smoky Hills are going up across the country. But he also said workers like those braving the blizzard-like conditions outside his office are becoming increasingly rare. [full story]

Green jobs can have blue, white collars
Jim T. Ryan - Central Penn Business Journal

So, you want a job in the environment-friendly or green industries?

Maybe you want to invest in these future professions and technologies.

Then you don't have to look far for work and business opportunities because Central Pennsylvania firms and professionals say green jobs permeate nearly every facet of modern commerce, including information technology, energy production, public relations, farming and mechanical engineering. [full story]

Recession-Proof Jobs in 2008
Larry Buhl

A recession could hit some job-seekers hard. "A lot of people won't have the luxury of going for their first choice in a down economy," said Sophia Koropeckyj, an economist at Moody's Economy.com.

However, many employment sectors are expected to remain strong despite a possible recession, and job-seekers may have more success if they focus on recession-proof professions. [full story]

Carpentry students following
'green' guidelines

| The Daily Progress

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - "Going green" has become a popular catchphrase in recent years, as environmental concerns have taken a more prominent place in the national consciousness. [full story]

Cities cultivate 2 types of green
By Marisol Bello, USA TODAY
NEW YORK — Squatting on the roof of a row house with a panoramic view of the sewage plants and warehouses that surround the South Bronx, James Wells sounds like a tree-hugger. [full story]

Clean energy: Green jobs are the wave of the future
By Bill Nowak - The Buffalo News

We stand at the cusp of a new clean energy economy. Climate change and peak oil are twin crises that will have tragic and disorienting consequences as they play out. However, solving these crises creates an enormous opportunity, and thousands of jobs will be generated in coming years as our economic and political systems adjust to the new realities. [more]

Green-collar jobs mushrooming
By James Baetke
Scripps Howard
WASHINGTON -- Reggie Clay's career as a graphic designer was going nowhere. But now he's at the top of a new industry.

Part of a new wave of so-called green-collar workers, Clay, 60, plants flowers and shrubs on the top of office buildings.

"Looking back years ago, I would never expect to be here," Clay said with a sigh followed by a laugh. [more]


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