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Category: New Mexico Green Jobs

Green Job of the Day: Executive Director, Bioneers (Santa Fe, NM)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Executive Director
Organization: Bioneers
Location: Santa Fe, NM

Bioneers is a nationally recognized environmental education non-profit.  An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. Additional information is available here.

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Bioneers is seeking an experienced executive director (ED) who will bring leadership to an organization providing public education, skillful communications, media and network connectivity to diverse constituents oriented to translating solutions into action. The ED must be deeply knowledgeable and passionate about environmental, justice and progressive political issues as well as social transformation. The ED must have extensive connections in the social landscape of these fields.

The ED must have proven success and expertise in fundraising, communications, media and executive non-profit management, and must be a person who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced and innovative environment of social entrepreneurialism.

The successful candidate will exhibit a high level of integrity, honesty and respect both inside and outside the organization, and will have a sense of humor and joy in the work.

The ED will work closely with the Co-CEOs/Founders and Vice-President for Advancement to lead this dynamic organization with vision, passion and commitment to increase its influence, impact, visibility and sustainability. The ED will report to the Co-CEOs, and interact with the Board. Must be a strong team player, as well as a strong individual leader.

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Green Job of the Day: Director of Marketing and Communications, Bioneers (Santa Fe, NM)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Director of Marketing and Communications
Organization: Bioneers
Location: Santa Fe, NM

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. Additional information is available here.

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Bioneers seeks an experienced Marketing & Communications Director who will bring leadership to a department providing public education, strategic communications, brand awareness, public relations and media and other organizational partnerships for Bioneers, a nationally recognized environmental education non-profit.

The MarCom Director must have strong expertise and experience in brand development, the marketing of media products, the web and social media. Candidates must have proven success and expertise in marketing and communications, media, and media relations/PR, as well as managing a team to be most effective.

Knowledge and passion about environmental, social justice and progressive political issues and social landscapes is a plus.

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Governors of 12 States Send Letter to President Obama Requesting Energy and Climate Strategy Meeting

On January 29th, twelve state governors sent a letter to President Obama, requesting "a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century."

The full text of the letter follows below (a PDF version of the letter is also available).


Office of the Governors

January 29, 2009

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

In your message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in November, you spoke ofa new chapter in America's leadership on climate change. You stated that "delay is no longer an option" and "denial is not an acceptable response." You offered that "any governor willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House." As governors ofstates that have been proactive on climate change and clean energy issues, we welcome the opportunity to take you up on that offer. We ask to meet with you and your energy and environment leadership team as soon as possible to forge a new, dynamic partnership ofstate, local and federal leaders that will be critical to addressing climate change and leading our country toward a clean energy economy.

It is crucial that we build on our states' momentum. In the absence of federal leadership, we led the way in building an American climate change and clean energy policy from the ground up. Working with local communities and private businesses, we've pursued policies that focus on green jobs, renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

We believe a successful national program will build on the work our states have done so far and will follow the same principles that guided our efforts. Specifically, it should:

  • Set ambitious goals to achieve national emission reductions to avoid dangerous
    interference with the climate system.
  • Couple market mechanisms, such as an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, with flexible perfonnance standards and incentives for developing and deploying clean, efficient, low-emission technologies.
  • Use the value inherent in emissions allowances to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and take advantage of the states' expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, green job creation and assistance to municipalities and less advantaged, vulnerable populations so that all citizens can reap the benefits of a sustainable clean energy future.
  • Preserve and enhance state and local authority to continue implementing innovative measures and programs that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions.
  • Recognize the value of private investments made under existing state and regional capand-trade programs and ensure that state clean energy programs funded by the auction of allowances issued under those programs are preserved.

We applaud your call to enact a strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policy, and we are committed to helping develop a policy that harnesses the experience, efficiency and creativity of programs at the local, state and regional levels. To this end, we write to request a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century. We look forward to working with you.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor Christine O. Gregoire

Governor Jim Doyle

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
The Honorable Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Creates “Green Jobs Cabinet”

On January 21, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed an Executive Order directing key state agencies to create a "Green Jobs Cabinet" to support the state's clean energy and clean technology economic development and job creation activities.  The Green Jobs Cabinet will provide an initial report to the Governor by August 15, 2009.

The Green Job Cabinet will be chaired by Economic Development Secretary Fred Mondragon and will include Cabinet Secretaries from the Public Education Department, Higher Education, Workforce Solutions, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, the Environment Department, and the Agriculture Department, as well as the State Investment Officer and a representative of the Governor’s Office.

Individuals can also sign-up via this link to be placed on the mailing list to provide input and receive updates on New Mexico’s Green Economy Initiative.

The full text of the Executive Order follows:


WHEREAS, Governor Richardson has declared New Mexico to be the “Clean Energy State” and has adopted a number of Executive Orders to promote and implement nation-leading policies regarding renewable energy development, energy efficiency and conservation, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, namely:

1) Executive Order 2004-19; Declaring New Mexico the “Clean Energy State,” Creating a Clean Energy Development Council and Directing State Agencies to Support and Participate.

2) Executive Order 2005-33; Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction.

3) Executive Order 2005-49; Requiring the Increased Use of Renewable Fuels in New Mexico State Government.

4) Executive Order 2006-01; State of New Mexico Energy Efficient Green Building Standards for State Buildings.

5) Executive Order 2006-69; New Mexico Climate Change Action.

6) Executive Order 2007-053; Increasing Energy Efficiency in State Government by 2015 and Statewide by 2012 and 2020.

7) Executive Order 2008-028; Establishing a Strong Telework and Flexible Work Hours Program to Help Reduce Fuel Use and Taxpayer Costs.

WHEREAS, New Mexico has led the nation in addressing climate change through the creation of the Western Climate Initiative, a coalition of 11 U.S. states and Canadian provinces which have agreed to adopt greenhouse gas reduction plans, pass clean car standards to reduce emissions from vehicles, and to design a regional cap-and-trade program that will foster a clean energy economy;

WHEREAS, the national economy is in a recession and New Mexico must protect the existing jobs of its citizens and capitalize on opportunities to stimulate economic activity and create good, new jobs;

WHEREAS, New Mexico has a long and profitable history of responsibly exporting energy, is located at the intersection of three major energy grids, is blessed with world-class renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal, and should serve as a hub for our national renewable energy market;

WHEREAS, New Mexico has attracted significant private investment in clean energy and clean technology and is home to a substantial and growing cluster of clean energy companies;

WHEREAS, New Mexico has been ranked fourth in the nation in Technology Concentration and Dynamism, according to the Milken Institute’s 2008 State Technology and Science Index, and has a strong and active venture capital community;

WHEREAS, New Mexico is home to nation-leading universities and national laboratories with expertise in areas such as renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, biofuels, smart grid and “green grid” solutions;

WHEREAS, the incoming Federal administration has pledged to create 5 million new jobs by strategically investing at least $150 billion over 10 years to catalyze public and private efforts to build a clean energy future;

WHEREAS, energy efficiency, clean energy and clean technology jobs are good jobs, generally well-paid, place-based, difficult to lose to foreign competition, and are critical to a sustainable future; and

WHEREAS, New Mexico must continue to demonstrate leadership in developing a clean energy economy in order to effectively compete for the private and federal investments that will ensure the financial well-being of New Mexicans for years to come.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of New Mexico do hereby establish the Green Jobs Cabinet, which shall be instituted as follows:

1. The purpose of the Green Jobs Cabinet shall be to prepare a statewide strategic plan for clean energy and clean technology economic development and job creation. The Green Jobs Cabinet shall consider, and quantify where possible, opportunities and strategies addressing:

  • New Mexico’s unique and sustainable competitive advantages in clean energy and clean technology;
  • Manufacturing of renewable energy system components;
  • Installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems at distributed and utility scales;
  • Utility-scale renewable energy for export;
  • Green building and energy efficiency contracting for residential, commercial and institutional customers;
  • Regionally appropriate biofuels production, research and infrastructure;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Research and development, commercialization and manufacturing of new clean energy and “green grid” technologies and solutions, identified by New Mexico’s Science and Technology Plan, for deployment in New Mexico and outside the state;
  • Statewide “green” workforce development pathways and coordination to ensure that all New Mexicans are well prepared for existing and future clean energy jobs. This may include the development of new curricula, educational and training programs, and communication of those programs between secondary and postsecondary education, and industry;
  • Strategies to mitigate negative impacts on New Mexico’s economy associated with increasing fuel costs; and
  • Opportunities to raise New Mexico’s profile and attract out-of-state public and private investment.

2. Membership of the Green Jobs Cabinet shall consist of:

a. the Secretary of the Economic Development Department, or designee, shall serve as Chair;
b. the Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, or designee;
c. the Secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions, or designee;
d. the Secretary of the Higher Education Department, or designee;
e. the Secretary of the Public Education Department, or designee;
f. the Secretary of the Environment Department, or designee;
g. the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, or designee;
h. the State Investment Officer, or designee; and
i. the Governor’s Advisor on Energy and Environment, or designee.

3. The Green Jobs Cabinet shall consult with representatives of the New Mexico Partnership, the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, and other entities, including state agencies and local governments, as needed to implement this Order.

4. The Economic Development Department shall provide administrative support and staffing for the Green Jobs Cabinet.

5. The Green Jobs Cabinet shall seek input and recommendations from a wide range of stakeholders from the private and non-profit sectors to ensure development and implementation of a practical plan.

6. The Chair may form ad-hoc committees to address the work of the Green Jobs Cabinet.

7. The Green Jobs Cabinet shall prepare and present its plan for the Governor’s consideration no later than August 15, 2009. Thereafter, the Green Jobs Cabinet shall report to the Governor no later than July 1st of each year, unless otherwise directed by the Governor.

8. The Green Jobs Cabinet shall be an advisory body that makes recommendations to the Governor and in no event shall make final decisions regarding policy.

9. Green Jobs Cabinet members shall serve voluntarily and shall receive no pay for their services, nor shall they be reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses, unless otherwise provided for by law.

THIS ORDER supersedes any previous orders, proclamations, or directives in conflict. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until such time as it is rescinded by the Governor.




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