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Green Job of the Day: Jobs @ Leviton Manufacturing (Melville, NY)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.  Today's feature highlights three opportunities at Leviton Manufacturing in Melville, NY.  An excerpt of the Senior Manager – Solar Operations position is listed below.

Job #1: Senior Manager – Solar Operations

Job #2: Senior Manager, Product/Program Management

Job #3: Sales Manager, Solar 

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Reporting to the Senior Director of Business Development, this position is responsible for overall operations of the renewables business ensuring customer satisfaction through the entire value chain. This person is responsible for establishing and maintaining key vendor relations, analyzing make / buy decisions, working with business unit operations and plant manufacturing to ensure product quality and service, and working with certified installers to ensure end user needs are met.

This person will help define and manage the entire installation and maintenance process aligned with the business plan. This will include inventory management, product /solution availability to meet customer needs, project tracking, warranty definition and management, service definition and management, key vendor management.

Initial responsibilities will include working with sourcing to develop and manage RFPs, support contract negotiation, and recommend ultimate vendor selection. This person will help identify and vet potential service providers and develop a system for tracking project status through their life cycle. This includes working with sales on linking leads to solutions providers and having visibility and predictability for installations in the pipeline.

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“Get the Green Job You Want Now” to Take Place on October 25 in New York City

Get the Green Job You Want Now is a program by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York that will take place on October 25 in New York City.  This event will feature a panel of executives who will share their experiences of successfully transitioning into green jobs and include opportunities to meet with green recruiters before and after the panel.

The panel will include:

  • Jacquie Ottman, consultant and author, The New Rules of Green Marketing (moderator)
  • Scott Fuller, SVP Business Development, Terracycle. Fomerly VP Marketing, Cablevision, and VP Brand Management, The Disney Company
  • CJ Kettler, Founder, Ben Franklin's Wheels electric bike company. Formerly Founder and CEO, LIme Media, and President, Sales & Marketing, Oxygen Media
  • David Wigder, CBS 99, VP Business Development, RecycleBank. Formerly SVP, Digitas

The program agenda will be:
5:30 PM Registration and networking
6:30 PM Program Begins
8:00 PM Audience Q&A
8:30 PM Reception (with light appetizers)

This event will take place at Citi, ICG Conference Center, 388 Greenwich St. (1 Train to Franklin,  2 or 3 to Chambers,  A, C, or E to Canal).  This event is open to the public — registration is $25 for CBSAC/NY members and $35 for non-members.  Onliine registration is available here.

Green Job of the Day: Project Director – Cypress Hills VERDE, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (Brooklyn, NY)

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

Job: Project Director – Cypress Hills VERDE
Organization: Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Location: Brooklyn, NY

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here.

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The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), a dynamic, non-profit, holistic, community development organization serving the Cypress Hills/East New York neighborhood in Brooklyn seeks an xperienced community development professional, passionate about sustainability, to help create and mplement an innovative community-wide sustainability initiative. Cypress Hills Verde aims to make our neighborhood a greener, healthier, more affordable place to live for all of its residents. The five Verde program areas are Living, Working, Eating, Moving, and Learning and include a model block retrofit program, green affordable housing development, green job training & creation, farmers’ market study & development, transportation planning, brownfield re-development, and environmental justice education – among others.

This is a tremendous opportunity to help create interconnected, community-wide, sustainable change and requires a highly motivated and creative self-starter who welcomes work in a fast-paced environment. The Verde Project Director will report to the Director of Community Development and is responsible for:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage neighborhood-wide retrofit and weatherization program with an emphasis on extensive community outreach, assisted intake, high quality audits & retrofits, green job training and development, & extensive data tracking;
  • Collaborate with other divisions within CHLDC to “green” all aspects of the agency’s operations and
  • programming;
  • Help lead neighborhood-wide food + farming planning group;
  • Research & identify national & international best practices around community-wide and project-specific sustainability initiatives;
  • Spearhead participatory planning process to plan vacant land and brownfield re-development, transportation re-design & re-zoning among other aspects of neighborhood re-envisioning;
  • Work with CD Director, and project partners to develop & implement an environmental justice education & organizing campaign;
  • Help create new projects as neighborhood needs are identified;
  • Work closely with architects, technical assistance providers, contractors and other consultants to ensure timely & high quality completion of tasks;
  • Research, identify & prepare funding proposals & reports for funders;
  • Supervise 1-2 staff members and/or trainees or volunteers as work load and funding dictate;
  • Report to Director of Community Development, and;
  • All other duties as assigned.

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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

USGBC New York and Emerging Green Builders NY to Present “Corporate Showcase and Recruiting Fair” on December 5

On December 5th, U.S. Green Building Council New York Chapter (USGBC NY) and Emerging Green Builders NY will present a Corporate Showcase and Recruiting Fair. This program is a recruiting event and a corporate showcase designed to highlight the activities and achievements of high-performance, environmentally responsible companies. This event also provides an opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate firms.

This event will take place from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the NYU Palladium, 140 E 14th St, 2nd Floor (btwn 3rd & Irving), New York, NY 10003. Admission is free for individuals, but a RSVP is required

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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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