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Category: Minnesota Green Jobs Features Resources for Green Job Seekers in Minnesota (and other States)

Earlier this year was launched by (Minnesota's career, education and job information resource) to serve Minnesota's green job seekers. worked with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to define a green job as one that has a direct or essential impact on a product, service, or process that results in environmental benefits.

They also organized green careers into five clusters:

  • Renewable Energy Generation ­ careers involving discovering and developing new ways of generating energy from renewable resources
  • Building-Related Energy Efficiency ­ careers in energy efficiency in the construction, repair, and operation of buildings
  • Environmental Conservation ­ jobs that protect the air, soil, water, and climate
  • Recycling and Pollution Reduction ­ jobs that reduce waste and pollution, both on land and in the air
  • Green Manufacturing ­ work that creates products that benefit the environment or that are made from environmentally-friendly materials

In addition to Minnesota-specific job search resources also includes resources applicable to job seekers in other states, including a collection of green career videos, green career profiles, and articles on multiple job search topics. Minneapolis Nonprofit Career Fair to Take Place on April 13, 2010 will be holding a Minneapolis Nonprofit Career Fair on April 13. This event is co-hosted by these University of Minnesota departments: the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Career Services, the Community Service-Learning Center, the Health Careers Center, as well as the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

In addition, the Minneapolis Nonprofit Career Fair is joining with the Working for Change conference. The conference will explore social justice-oriented careers, with a focus on jobs in the nonprofit sector.  Career professionals will also be available to review and edit resumes.

The Working for Change Conference will take place from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and the Minneapolis Nonprofit Career Fair will take place from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Both events are free to the public and will be at the University of Minnesota, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN.

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Minnesota Governor Pawlenty Announces “Green Jobs Investment Initiative”

At a press conference held earlier this week (podcast available) Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced a "Green Jobs Investment Initiative" for the 2009 legislative session. This initiative includes:

  • New tax-free incentives through a “Green JOBZ” program that will provide the same tax exemptions found in the state’s JOBZ program to qualifying green job projects
  • A new Job Growth Investment Tax Credit, 50 percent of which will be targeted to green job projects that will promote the state’s renewable energy goals ($20 million)
  • A new Small Business Investment Tax Credit for investments in qualified Minnesota businesses, 50 percent of which will be targeted to green job projects ($60 million)
  • Incentives to expand the production and infrastructure for biomethane, solar and other renewable energy projects
  • Creation of a clean and green technology category as part of the Minnesota Cup competition to reward innovation and spark invention
  • Tracking energy usage by state government and holding government accountable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution

Further details on these proposals are available here

“The development of green jobs will be one of the biggest changes in our economy since the industrial revolution,” Governor Pawlenty said. “The proposals we are announcing today will fuel job growth by incentivizing new technology and innovation.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, approximately 15,000 Minnesotans work in green jobs.

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“Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” Report Provides Data for 12 States

In June, a report entitled Job Opportunities for the Green Economy was released.  This report includes employment and wage data in 12 states for jobs related to the following green sectors – building retrofitting, mass transit, fuel-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels.  The specific jobs examined in each sector are:

Building Retrofitting – Electricians, Heating/Air Conditioning Installers, Carpenters, Construction Equipment Operators, Roofers, Insulation Workers, Carpenter Helpers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Construction Managers, Building Inspectors

Mass Transit – Civil Engineers, Rail Track Layers, Electricians, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Bus Drivers, First-Line Transportation Supervisors, Dispatchers

Energy-Efficient Automobiles – Computer Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Welders, Transportation Equipment Painters, Metal Fabricators, Computer-Controlled Machine Operators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Operations Managers

Wind PowerEnvironmental Engineers, Iron and Steel Workers, Millwrights, Sheet Metal Workers, Machinists, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Industrial Truck Drivers, Industrial Production Managers, First-Line Production Supervisors

Solar Power – Electrical Engineers, Electricians, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Installation Helpers, Laborers, Construction Managers

Cellulosic BiofuelsChemical Engineers, Chemists, Chemical Equipment Operators, Chemical Technicians, Mixing and Blending Machine Operators, Agricultural Workers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Farm Product, Purchasers, Agricultural and Forestry Supervisors, Agricultural Inspectors

State-specific data is presented for Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In this report “green jobs” are defined as occupations that contribute toward building or producing goods to achieve a ‘green’ marketplace.  In addition, it links the idea that green jobs should be sustainable employment opportunities — that is, jobs that pay at least a living wage, offer training and promotional opportunities and some measure of security.

The report was authored by Robert Pollin and Jeanette Wicks-Lim of the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and commissioned by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It was released in cooperation with the Green Jobs for America Campaign, a partnership of the Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, United Steelworkers, NRDC and with the Center for American Progress and Green for All.

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy

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