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Green Job Sector Highlighted by The Christian Science Monitor

Americans Put Themselves on the Path to Green Careers is an article in the June 9, 2008 issue of The Christian Science Monitor that reports on the growth of the green job sector.  The article begins by describing two groups – recent graduates and mid-career workers – who are seeking green jobs:

Kathleen Loa first began thinking about pursuing a green career while she was a student at Oberlin College. Now, armed with a degree in chemistry, she is taking the first step in that direction. She’s serving as an intern at the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C. After earning a master’s in energy policy, she’ll find a job.

“I want to keep working on environmental energy, either through a nonprofit role or a for-profit company,” says Ms. Loa of Claremont, Calif.

That goal puts her in the vanguard of one group seeking eco-friendly jobs – students and recent graduates who hope to join the green boom at the beginning of their careers. A second group includes people in midcareer who want to parlay their current skills into green jobs.

The article then highlights different occupations in the green job sector, examines issues surrounding the definition of "green jobs," and provides tips for green job seekers.

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States’ Interest in Clean-Tech Sector Highlighted by The Christian Science Monitor

States Vie to Attract Clean-Tech Industries is an article in the April 11, 2008 issue of The Christian Science Monitor that highlights the increasing interest by states in the clean-tech industry.  As stated in the article:

The "clean tech" industry may not be big enough to stave off a recession this year, but states increasingly see such companies as economic drivers of the future – and are beginning to compete among themselves to attract them. So far, Massachusetts and California have taken the lead, but less obvious competitors, such as Iowa and Minnesota, are also vying for a share of the clean-tech market.

The article includes information on the the economic impact of the clean-tech sector (for example, in Massachusetts clean energy firms employ 14,500) and initiatives that states are undertaking to support the growth of the clean-tech sector.

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