CEO of Green Jobs Network to Deliver Keynote at Western Washington University’s Sustainable Opportunities Expo

A brief update to this prior post — Leonard Adler, CEO of Green Jobs Network, will serve as the keynote speaker for Western Washington University's inagural Sustainability Opportunities Expo.  This program is sponsored by the WWU Net Impact chapter; underwritten by the WWU Office of Sustainability, Associated Students and the Western MBA Program; and supported by the WWU College of Business and Economics, Huxley College of the Environment and Career Services.

This event is free to attend and will include a career expo (featuring businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and WWU clubs/departments) and presentations focusing on topics pertaining to careers in sustainability.  This program will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Viking Union.  Please visit the event website for a complete list of speakers, participating organizations, and additional event information. 

Green Recruiter Spotlight: Q & A with Redfish Technology

Editors note: As a special feature, Green Collar Blog is pleased to present the following spotlight on Redfish Technology, which provides recruitment services in the green jobs sector via its Greenfish Division.  A series of questions and answers follows below.


Q&A with Redfish Technology's Greenfish Division

Answers provided by Redfish Technology team members:

  • Austin Bristow - Green Tech Manager
  • Greg Schreiner – Executive Recruiter, Green Tech

Q. Who is Redfish Technology?

Redfish has been in the recruiting business since 1996. We cut our teeth in High Tech in the Silicon Valley and we remain very involved in High Tech (Software, Telecoms, and other technologies) across the county.

Redfish has always had a strong sense of social responsibility and a community-minded culture, and we have great dedication to and passion about leaving this planet a better place for future generations. So about 5 years ago, we created a division dedicated to green jobs (our Greenfish Division). We specialize in renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels, as well as Clean Tech sectors such as Electric & Hybrid Vehicles, Smart Grid, and other green technologies.

We work with a lot of small start-ups but we also work with Fortune 250 companies, and the roles we typically focus on are sales & marketing, engineering, software development, management through C-Level.

Q: How does your firm define a ‘Green' business?

Well, there’s no easy answer here. From Clean Tech to Green Tech to alternative energy to renewable energy, there are a vast number of terms being used, each with its own set of qualifying criteria. As a whole I would consider a “Green business” as any which puts concerted effort into becoming more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. From using less paper, initiating recycling programs, changing to more efficient lighting, to installing solar/thermal energy systems, all are ways to make your own business more “green”.

To address the more specific terms, I hear Clean Tech as referring to technology that is either neutral emissions or that which is significantly lower in emissions/pollution than the popular alternative. Take LED lighting for instance, they still consume power that must be produced somehow, but they consume significantly less power than normal incandescent bulbs therefore falling into the Clean Tech category. We also hear debates between traditional power and alternative or renewable energy, traditional power typically referring to power generated by coal or nuclear. Alternative Energy and Renewable energy are not mutually exclusive, oftentimes including similar technology from biofuels to solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Q. What are examples of some jobs that your firm is currently recruiting for?

We work on a broad range of roles. Some of our current priorities include a Director of Engineering, Process Engineers, PV Systems Designers, General Council, Purchasing Managers, Vice President of Sales, Global Key Account Managers and other Account Executive roles. We’ve been quite busy with wind, geothermal, energy power electronics, energy storage and efficiency companies, and electric vehicles. But the industry where we’ve seen the strongest growth in hiring this year has been solar.

In 2010 we’ve filled some very exciting roles including National Sales Account Manager in Wind, Chief Operating Officer in Utility Scale Renewable Energy, North American Sales Director in Clean Tech & advanced materials, and numerous engineering roles and sales roles in Solar.

Q. What trends are you seeing in green industries?

Thankfully venture capital investment is re-strengthening after the crash of 2008 dried these funding sources up. Some companies are doing really well on the funding side, and others are struggling to keep the lights on. What makes this an exciting time is that there are few clear front runners. We are in a weeding out period which presents a very competitive atmosphere. Companies are striving for efficiencies, product excellence, and the right price point, and there are great new products on the market.

We see a consolidation trend. Just like in High Tech, there are a lot of acquisitions, smaller entrepreneurs with very specifically focused products. Many may go for funding, and many aim to be a strategic purchase for larger companies wanting to round out and grow their portfolio. The companies that are rising to the top are the ones that are vertically integrating; growing strategically to control more of their own processes, from supply chain to end product, to source raw materials, and install and dialogue with the end user customers directly. A lot of smaller firms are being acquired by larger product manufacturers – especially on the building integration side.

This trend towards efficiency models seems to really be working. Take the example of a panel manufacturer. To get those panels onto a rooftop, the producer needs to sell to a distributor who sells to an integration company. Today, a lot of savvy solar panel manufacturers are buying integration companies, dong the design and installation, and cutting costs and the middleman while assuring a market for their products. We’ve seen this in Wind acquisitions and supply chain consolidation.

Q. What trends is your firm seeing in terms of the green job market?

A lot of U.S. companies got into the green game a bit later, and we are making a big push to catch up. Many big wind and solar companies are Spanish, German, or other international early adopters. Most thriving companies have an international component; many of the North American green energy firms, such as Suniva and Northern Power, are conducting their R & D here; other companies are doing sales here but do manufacturing and everything else abroad. From the U.S. job market perspective, the more business processes domiciled in the U.S., the more jobs we’ll see here locally. There are somewhat contradictory forces at work, often manufacturing abroad provides competitive pricing and costs structures, on the other hand, the more that technology can be incubated in the U.S., the more innovation and growth we can hope to see here.

Q. Do you have any tips for green job seekers?

Of course we do! Every person’s profile, strengths and experiences are different, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all career success tip. But we are available to discuss career strategies with our candidates, and we offer a number of resources for both passive and active candidates on our website in the jobseeker resources section as well as on our blogs.

One of the common questions we run into candidates we speak with regards how to transition into the green sector. There are a number of approaches that can increase your ability to break into a green job starting with networking and identifying specific experience and skills that one can grow on their own. Our own Greg Schreiner recently wrote an article entitle “Breaking Into Green” that references many tactics and resources for entering the industry.

Of course certain skills and experience are more transferable than others. A lot of the engineering skills necessary for success in the solar field are similar to the skillset developed in semiconductor industries. Many of the needs in the smart grid space are similar to the RF/wireless/networking technology fields. Wind turbine manufacturers often seek out mechanical engineers with experience in rotating and vibrating machinery design from the aerospace industry.

People with transferable skill sets will clearly find the least resistance to entry. It is important to clearly evaluate your experience and know-how and match that to sectors with similar skills. It is fairly easy for engineers to identify transition-friendly moves. Despite the old saying that a good sales person can sell anything, the transition for outside the industry for sales professionals can be more difficult. A sales generalist will have more significant barriers to entry, whereas someone in natural gas sales may find it more obvious to transition into biofuels sales.

Q: Are large, traditionally non-green businesses looking to bring green expertise on-board? For what reasons?

Yes, we see a lot of companies embracing green, especially in the High Tech fields. It appears to be a both a cost and public image issue as well as a concrete cost savings strategy. From retro-fitting old buildings, LEED certification and cost cutting designs that use less power, to energy savings programs ranging from turning lights off to high efficiency technologies to 4-day work weeks, to incentives or subsidies for public transport, small and large companies are jumping on board.

Q. Do you have any tips for green companies in their talent search?

Call us! We are passionate, professional and expedient and we can find you the right talent according to your schedule. We work differently than many recruiting firms, providing our clients with the results they require.

As Green Tech is very much in its infancy stage, the number of qualified candidates is limited. There are many companies searching for the same candidates and it is a very competitive space. We are very connected in many areas of Green Tech and can leverage our network to find the very best talent. Since the best candidates are often being courted by several companies, we work with companies to keep the interview momentum moving forward, not being hasty but moving through the hiring process efficiently.

Q: How does Redfish approach the recruiting process? How are you different?

Recruiting is about communication. It is about understanding the needs, the skills, the environment, the objectives, and working to identify a winning match for both the company and the candidate.

We work closely with candidates to explore their expectations, work history, skills, and goals, and we give them an honest assessment of their potential fit for the positions we are recruiting for. If we feel that we can find them an opportunity that corresponds to their objectives, we will move full steam ahead.

We work closely with our clients, from the beginning we work with the hiring manager to establish a precise understanding what the firm needs. From reviewing the job description and department objectives to honing in on the intangibles such as company personalities, dynamics, and culture. From this point, we handle all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

We work in a team environment, coordinating with recruiting and sourcing staff in our three offices for nationwide coverage, and focusing our internal resources on a particular search, but providing our clients with one responsible point of contact.

We will identify proper candidates through our well-established networks, extensive database of professionals, various energy groups and associations that we are part of, and draw from social and professional media connections. We utilize these connections to identify and directly recruit the talent that best corresponds to your requirements.

Next we speak with all potential candidates about their background and the role. Where there is a promising match, we generate interest in the opportunity, and cover qualifying questions about a prospective candidate’s skills, experience, objectives, and motivations, and ascertain if there is fit for a particular job and the specific company.

Once the screening process is completed, we then present anywhere from 5-10 candidates in the initial round for review. Based on feedback, we can recalibrate if necessary, and move forward handling all the logistics of scheduling and confirming interviews from an initial phone interview to on-site meetings. Our service also includes reference checks, offer presentation, and communications with all involved parties.

We work on contingent searches, retained searches, and offer RPO (recruitment process outsourcing) to firms who wish to streamline their processes and have us take an integral role in hiring process.

Q. Why did you enter this particular field?

Austin:

I have a personal interest in clean technology so while I continue to enjoy High Tech recruiting and I stay connected with key clients, I am passionate about the work I get to do in the green sector. One of biggest issues of our time is how will we satisfy all the demands for energy in an efficient and clean way. What I love about Clean Tech recruiting is that no matter the company, they are all working towards that goal. Our original move into green as a company was instigated by Chris Johnson, a geologist who identified the opportunity to bring our recruiting skills to this growing industry. We identified a business opportunity and it resonated with our personal passions and corporate culture, and the Greenfish division was born.

Read Austin’s bio.

Greg:

As a father and an avid outdoorsman, it’s critical to do what I can to help foster the “Green Movement” in order to leave behind a world that is efficient, self-sustaining, and environmentally-sound for my children. This personal conviction, in conjunction with my passion to help companies fulfill their growth needs led to my decision to move into Green Recruiting. I truly enjoy the complexities involved in renewable and alternative energy and thrive in this evolving market.

Read Greg’s bio.

Q. How can people learn more about your firm?

Call us or visit us on the internet.

Telephone: (408) 719-0200

www.redfishtech.com

Green Job Search Tip of the Week: Making the Most of Career Fairs

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Green Collar Blog is pleased to introduce a new feature “Green Job Search Tip of the Week.”  This feature is designed to provide job seekers with practical tips and suggestions for your job search.

This week’s tip is “Making the Most of Career Fairs.” 

Background: With the growth in the green economy there are an increasing number of career fairs that focus exclusively on green jobs.  These events generally have names such as “green job fair” or “environmental career fair.”  While a number of these events are produced by colleges and universities there are some that are open to the public.  Green Collar Blog maintains a calendar of green job fairs and other events relevant to job seekers.

Below are 10 tips for job seekers who are planning to attend a job fair.  These tips are also intended to be applicable to general interest job fairs as well as green-specific events.

  1. Prepare.  Preparation is the most important step to get the most out of a career fair.  Before you attend the career fair, review the list of participating organizations and positions they are currently recruiting for (for an example, see this post). Based on this information, prepare a list of the organizations at the fair that you want to speak with. You can then research these organizations in advance of the event and come prepared with questions to ask and talking points for how you’d be a good fit for their current opportunities.
  2. Make your first impression a good one.  One way to think about pairticpating in a career fair is that it is your initial interview with an organization.  As such, you should take steps to make your first impression a positive one. Such steps include dressing appropriately and smiling.
  3. Bring your resume. While not every organization you speak with at a career fair will be accepting paper resumes, some will, so plan to bring some copies.
  4. Don’t come too early or too late.  When planning your schedule for attending a career fair, don’t arrive too early (some employers may be late and will not have arrived) and don’t arrive too late (some employers may leave before the official end of the program or may be tired by the end of the fair).
  5. Step up to the table.  In many instances, employers will not solicit job seekers as they are walking past various tables and booths.  Instead, you should approach the table or booth and introduce yourself to the employer representative.
  6. Listen. When you stop by an employer’s table the employer representative may already be speaking with career fair participants.  If you listen while you are waiting, you may learn information that could be helpful for when it is your turn to speak to the representative (see next tip).
  7. Have questions, answers, and icebreakers.  Once you step up to the table you may want to have a couple of questions ready as icebreakers such as: “How has the day been going?” or “What types of jobs do you have available?”  You should also come prepared with answers to questions you may be asked such as “What brought you to today’s event?” or “What types of jobs are you looking for?”  Where possible, highlight relevant aspects of your background or qualifications (for example, if an employer mentions that they are looking for a solar sales representative, you could mention your prior sales experience).
  8. Obtain follow-up information.  If you are interested in following up with the employer, be sure to obtain contact information for the employer represenative you are speaking with (and anyone else that the representative indicates you should follow-up with) before you leave the employer’s table.
  9. Follow-up.  After the event, send a thank-you e-mail or conduct other follow-up as appropriate based on the information you obtained.
  10. Relax.  Career fairs can be stressful for some people, but keep in mind that these events are designed to bring job seekers and employers together.  Employers attend these events to meet potential candidates, so they generally will be happy to speak with you. Hopefully the tips listed above will help you relax and make the most of the event.  Good luck!

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Net Impact Releases 2010 Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs

Net Impact has recently released the latest edition of its publication Business as UNusual: The Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs.  This report provides a student perspective on the ways in which graduate programs incorporate social and environmental themes into the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and career services.  The 2010 guide includes details on 95 programs, including 13 international schools, compiled from the opinions of 3,000 students within the Net Impact network.

"More and more students are interested in learning about how to use their business skills to make a positive impact," said Liz Maw, Executive Director of Net Impact. "The Business as UNusual guide fills a void for prospective students who want to compare experiences at different programs."

The report can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.netimpact.org/bizschoolguide. For more information:

Massachusetts Green Career Conference to Take Place in Marlborough on October 2nd

On October 2nd, a Massachusetts Green Career Conference will take place in Marlborough, MA.  This event will take place from 7:15 am – noon at the Marlborough Holiday Inn Ballroom (265 Lakeside Avenue).  The program will feature speakers, workshops, and exhibitors relevant for the following audiences:

  • People seeking jobs, career transitions and training programs
  • Workforce training professionals & providers
  • Business owners & staff developers
  • Career counselors & recruiters

There will be three tracks of workshops, covering the following topics:

  • What is a Green Career?
  • Get the Training You Need
  • Certification Programs
  • Find Your Niche & Market Yourself
  • Build Your Green Network
  • What Companies are Hiring?
  • The Green Job Forecast in MA
  • Workforce Training Funds
  • Green Communities / Local Jobs

Additional program information and registration is at http://greencareer.eventbrite.com/

Latest Green Event Discounts

As many job seekers know, networking can be a helpful part of the job search process.  One opportunity for networking is at panel sessions, conferences, or other events.  Below are links to discounts to upcoming cleantech and green job-related events taking place.  If your organization would like to offer a discount please contact us.

October 1-3 – San Francisco, CA
West Coast Green (includes Green Jobs Pavilion)

October 1-3 – San Francisco, CA
RMI2009

October 4-6 – Berkeley, CA
Cleantech Institute

October 14 – Menlo Park, CA
Project and Tax Equity Financing of Renewable Energy Facilities

November 17-18 – Washington, DC
The Carbon Economy: New Opportunities for Green Business
[use code "GREENVC" to obtain a 20% discount]

Denver Green Careers Forum to Take Place on August 22 – 23

Denver Green Careers Forum

Denver Green Careers Forum is an event that will take place on August 22 and 23.  This program, presented by ReDirect Guide, is part of the EarthWorks Expo 2009 and is designed to provide insights into Colorado's green job market and resources for job seekers.  A program agenda is listed below.

The Green Careers Forum will take place in Expo Hall III at the Denver Merchandise Mart (451 E. 58th Avenue at I-25).  Adult ticket prices (at the door) are $9 for two days and $5 for one day (discounts available for youth and seniors).  More information on this program is available at the here.


GREEN CAREERS FORUM
Agenda

August 22 and 23, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Greening your Resume, and Your Interview! As interest in green business increases, so does competition in the job market.  Learn how you can rise to the top of the applicant pool by talking the talk of green business, and how to accentuate and build your relevant experience.  Throughout the weekend, sustainability professionals will be on hand to offer critique and insight on resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques.

SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS
All presentations run 70-75 minutes, including Q&A. Times shown are actual start times; seating begins 10 minutes before.

August 22

10:40 – 11:50 AM
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
A look at preparing tomorrow’s workforce.  The work to create a more sustainable society will be far from over when our generation passes the torch on to our children. What steps can we take now to teach our children the importance of taking care of the earth and getting them into the right habits from the start?  This presentation will offer ideas to implement in your home, various eco-focused schooling options, as well as potential extracurricular programs that nourish an ongoing understanding of our interconnectedness with our environment.

Featured Speaker: Kendra Sandoval, Founder, Blue and Yellow Logic
Kendra Sandoval has served diverse communities in teaching, social justice, and environmental activism for over fifteen years. She was the Northwest Community Liaison for Mayor Webb and an intern with Greenprint Denver.  Kendra served as Outreach Director with Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and now heads her own social enterprise organization – Blue and Yellow Logic – where she provides consultancy on sustainability and ecological issues.

12:10 – 1:20 PM
Cutting Your Own Trail
Looking for a job that inspires and motivates? Something that will better the planet and still support you financially? Whether you’re looking to start your own company, or join forces with an existing one, this panel of green entrepreneurs examines what it takes to start your own green business, and offers tips to aspiring entrepreneurs in finding your own niche in the evolving market.

Featured Speaker: Stu Galvis, Chief Visionary Officer, Boulder Green Properties
Stu Galvis is a Green Real Estate Consultant with Boulder Green Properties in Boulder, CO and a certified National Instructor for EcoBroker International.  An environmental advocate and Certified Climate Project Presenter as trained by Al Gore, Stu works with Realtors®, schools, businesses and the entertainment industry to educate the public about clean, renewable energy, green building and global climate change.

Featured Speaker: Mike Johnson, Founder Dude, ReDirect Guide
Mike Johnsonis the Founder and Co-Publisher of the ReDirect Guide, a sustainable business promotional network, with current local editions in the Front Range of Colorado, Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT.  A driven entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Mike uses his extensive business experience to develop new products and services, create green jobs, and help sustainability flourish.

3:10 – 4:20 PM
Preparing Yourself to Enter the Green Economy

Familiarizing yourself with green business can have a steep learning curve.  Whether you’re interested in green building, renewable energy, product manufacturing, or natural foods, each industry comes with its own set of standards, associations, and history.   This workshop will be a conversation on ways to gain additional knowledge to better prepare for a green career and gain the competitive edge you may need through volunteer opportunities, continuing education, and job training programs. 

Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Cooperman, University of Colorado Denver
Elizabeth Cooperman is an Associate Professor of Finance & Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver and the MBA Program Director, and Co-Director of the Managing for Sustainability Program.  Her research and teaching areas are in Financial Institutions Management and Corporate Finance, and Entrepreneurship.  She is currently one of the editors and writers  for a joint CORE/UCD book project,  "A Simple Path to Sustainability," that will be published by Praeger Publishers.

4:40 – 5:50 PM
Understanding Government Funding in the Green Economy

News networks are abuzz with the billions of dollars being allocated nationally through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Learn how ARRA funds are being allocated in Colorado, ask questions about stimulus funds, how they will be allocated, and how best to take advantage in our current economic climate.

August 23

10:40 – 11:50 AM
Greening Your Workplace

Any business can be a green business.  A more sustainable workplace can not only lessen your office's ecological footprint, but can also create a healthier and more productive environment and help your financial bottom line. This workshop will share many easy and practical steps you can take to lay the groundwork towards a healthy, low-impact workspace, and provide examples of business and environmental leaders who have taken inspiring steps toward a more environmentally sustainable business model.

Featured Speaker: Graham Russell, Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE)
Born and brought up in England, Graham Russell has spent 32 years in the US, largely in CEO roles in the transportation and environmental services industries. Later, he devoted himself to consulting work in the recycling, environmental services and cleantech sectors. He became Executive Director of CORE in August, 2008. Russell has a BA from Cambridge University and an MBA in Finance from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management.

1:40 – 2:50 PM
Local Networks for Green Job-Seekers

It’s who you know! There are dozens of sustainability-focused organizations, networking events, professional groups, and volunteer opportunities that are actively weaving a support web for sustainability in Colorado.  Learn more from network leaders on how to integrate, meet new people, and connect with potential employers.  This panel will be moderated by Sarah Wells, Communications Maven/Stakeholder, ReDirect Guide.

3:10 – 4:20 PM
Growth Sectors for Colorado’s Green Economy

Colorado has positioned itself for rapid green job growth in many sectors. Hear from city and state government, as well as private sector experts about green collar job growth in Colorado and where you can fit in.

Featured Speaker: Lynn Sargent, City of Denver Office of Economic Development
Lynn Sargent’s public service spans nearly 20 years.  She is currently a Business Development Representative at Denver’s Office of Economic Development, where her work targets the Energy and Information & Communications Technology industries, focusing on business consulting, retention/expansion, human capital, and the Greener Denver program.  Lynn is a graduate of National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 2008 Executive Energy Leadership Program, and serves on the Board of Advisors for CU’s Global Energy Management program.

Green Jobs Network to Offer Free Webinar for Job Seekers on August 14

As an additional way to assist job seekers, Green Jobs Network will begin offering webinars.  The first webinar will be “Tips for Your Green Job Search” and is intended to provide basic information on the green job sector and tips for finding job opportunities.

This webinar will take place on Friday, August 14th at 11:00 am (Pacific time) and run for 30 – 45 minutes.  There is no charge to attend, but you must submit an online application to be considered.  Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail.

Rhode Island Green Jobs Workshop to Take Place on August 9

Rhode Island Green Jobs Workshop

Rhode Island Green Jobs Workshop: Building A Green Career in Energy is an event that will take place on August 9. This half-day program is designed to provide information on green jobs and training opportunities.  A draft agenda of this program is listed below.

This event will take place from 1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence.  This program is being sponsored by a number of federal agencies and is taking place immediately prior to the 2009 GovEnergy Workshop and Tradeshow.

This program is free to the public, but registration is strongly suggested.  You can register for this event at http://greenjobs2009.govtools.us/


Rhode Island Green Jobs Workshop: Building A Green Career in Energy
DRAFT AGENDA

1:00 pm: Opening
– Welcome: Sandy Morgan, U.S. Department of Agriculture
– Facilitator: Alison Rodgers, Program Manager, Green the Capitol, U. S. House of Representatives, and former Miss Rhode Island

1:05 pm: Green Job and Training Opportunities under the Recovery Act
– Timothy Martin, U.S. Department of Labor
– Representative from RI Department of Labor and Training
– Representative from RI Office of Energy Resources
– Representative from RI Economic Development Corporation

1:45 pm: Working in Green Building Construction and Renewables
– Marc Nichols, Green Advantage
– Connie McGreavy, Rhode Island Chapter of the US Green Building Council

2:30 pm: Training for a Green Career
– Susan D'Onofrio, Community College of Rhode Island
– Marion Gold, University of Rhode Island
– Steve Kichen, New England Institute of Technology

3:00 – 5:00 pm: Exhibits – Interactive Table Sessions
– Representatives from private, public, and non-profit organizations will be available to speak with attendees about green careers and educational requirements.

Finding Green Jobs (Part 3): Future Green Jobs

Parts one and two of the Finding Green Jobs series focused on identifying current opportunities.  The last article in this series examines strategies for identifying green job opportunities that may become available in the future.

Part 3: Future Green Jobs

1.) Follow the Money

One method to identify potential future green jobs is to identify where investments are being made today.  This can be a productive strategy as these investments may lead to the development of new enterprises that have jobs. Specific approaches include:

  • Identifying private sector investment.  Venture capital firms, private equity firms, and corporations are all making significant investments in existing or new enterprises in the green sector.  The recipients of these investment may be sources of future (or even current) job opportunities.  Sources to learn about these investments include The Cleantech Group, Earth2Tech, GreenBeat, Greentech Media, and Green VC.
  • Identify public sector investment.  As with the private sector, the public sector is investing in the green sector and the recipients of these investment may also be sources of current or future job opportunities.  Sources to learn about these investments include the ones mentioned above as well as directly reviewing government websites such as the U.S. Department of Energy.

2.) Follow the Law

A second method to identify potential future green jobs is to identify federal, state, or local legislative, judicial, or regulatory changes that impact the green economic sector.  Government action can include providing funds for new initiatives (such as the approximately $8 billion in expanded funding for weatherization in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that can lead to new employment opportunities or rules that may lead to new business opportunities.  Sources for identifying these legal developments include those mentioned above as well as organizations such as the Apollo Alliance and Green For All.

3.) Follow the Startups

New enterprises can be a source for potential future job opportunities.  Some strategies for identifying these are:

  • Green and Social Venture Business Plan Competitions.  These programs are organized by business schools and other organizations and are generally geared to ventures that are at an early stage in their development. These include programs such as the Clean Tech Open and the Global Social Venture Competition.  Job seekers can review the list of entrants and winners of these competitions as potential future sources of jobs.  In addition, job seekers may consider entering a competition or joining the team of an entrant (some of these competitions offer mixers to facilitate team recruitment).  A list of some of these competitions is available on Green VC.
  • Green and Social Entreprenuership Awards and Fellowships.  These program vary and include cash prizes for one-time contests, seed funding for new ventures, and later-stage funding for existing organizations.  These include programs such as Echoing Green and the Skoll Award for Social Entreprenuership.  As with business plan competitions, job seekers can review the list of winners of these programs as potential future sources of jobs.  A list of some of these programs is available on Green VC.

This concludes the Finding Green Jobs article series.  We hope this information is useful in your job search and we welcome your feedback on this series.