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Growth in Corporate Sustainability Officers Highlighted by The Dallas Morning News

Chief Green Officers are Sprouting Up is an article in June 25, 2008 edition of The Dallas Morning News that reports on the rise of sustainability officers at businesses.  The article begins by highlighting one person who has the role of Director of Sustainability:

Betsy del Monte often gets blank stares when she tells people what she does for a living.

As director of sustainability for Dallas-based builder Beck Group, she’s in charge of the company’s eco-friendly design, recycling programs and green consulting and marketing.

Get used to meeting more people in Ms. del Monte’s position as the green movement gains steam in the business world.

The article provides profiles of other individuals in similar roles, explores reasons for the growth in such positions, and provides information on related educational programs.

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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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TIME Interviews Phil Angelides and Examines Green Collar Jobs

What Is a Green-Collar Job, Exactly? is a recent TIME article that explores green collar jobs.  The article includes a review of definitions of green collar jobs and has an interview with Phil Angelides, chair of the Apollo Alliance.

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Growth in Green Jobs and Tips for Job Seekers Highlighted by MSNBC

Green Industries Offer Job Growth Opportunity is an article posted today on MSNBC that highlights the growth in green jobs.  The article includes a snapshot of two workers who are employed in the "green economy":

Samuel Pagan is already a beneficiary. This former steelworker now works at a wind turbine plant owned by Gamesa Wind USA in Fairless Hills, Pa.

Pagan was sick of the ups and downs of old-line manufacturing and saw wind as a growth industry. “I was looking for more stability,” he explains. He needed little training because he had assembly experience and was able to quickly step into his new career, doing mechanical assembly of mainframes for wind turbines.

“It’s a new industry and a new company and there’s opportunity here,” says Pagan, who admits he’s not really a tree hugger but just wanted a stable job.

Brian von Moos, business development manager for Borrego Solar Systems in Berkeley, Calif., has always been environmentally conscious and got into the solar industry for that reason.

Right after college, von Moos worked for a law firm and considered going to law school, but after traveling for a year he decided to go into renewable energy instead. He saw it “as a way to make a difference in the world. I’m passionate about the technology as a solution to pollution and global warming. I wanted to be a part of it.”

Pagan and von Moos represent the two types of employees that will become the backbone of the green labor force — former blue-collar and white-collar workers looking for new opportunities.

The article also contains statistics on the green job sector as well as tips for job seekers.

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Green Jobs Highlighted by Blog

A Green Collar Economy is an April 21st post on the Blog that discusses the growing green job opportunity.  There is also a longer post (PDF) that includes statistics related to green jobs.

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Growth of Green Collar Jobs Highlighted by Oakland Tribune

Turning Blue Collars Green is an article in the April 20, 2008 issue of the Oakland Tribune that reports on the growth in green collar jobs.  The article examines the overall growth in green jobs and the opportunities that are available for workers across the economic spectrum.  It also includes specific example of green job growth in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Some solar installation firms, such as San Jose-based SunPower, which recently opened an office in Richmond’s historic Ford Building, say they already need more workers than they can easily find. SunPower officials expect to double their Richmond workforce of about 150 employees in the next year.

It’s the same story for SolarCity Inc. of Foster City, which manufactures and installs solar-energy systems. "We are planning on adding 200 workers in the next two years," said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity. "The more we grow, the more we bring on jobs."

Borrego Solar Inc., whose northern California operations are based in Berkeley, also is growing rapidly. Its revenue doubled last year while its staff nearly doubled from 70 to 120 people.

"We expect to grow more than 100 percent again in 2008," said Chief Executive Mike Hall, adding that recruitment "is a big issue for us."

The article also discusses initiatives such as the Oakland Green Job Corps that are being developed to provide workers with training to help them obtain green jobs.

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Green Collar Jobs Highlighted by The New York Times

Millions of Jobs of a Different Color is an article in the March 26, 2008 issue of The New York Times that reports on issues surrounding the growth of green collar jobs.  The article examines a number of issues, including the evolving definition of the meaning of "green collar jobs."  An interview with Steven Greenhouse, the author of the article, is also available (click here for MP3 file).

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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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