We're exploring ways to harness the encore opportunity to address urgent environmental issues, including but not limited to climate change. How might an army of experienced environmental actors (experts, managers, trainers, entrepreneurs, engineers, tradespeople, teachers, advocates, activists and others) help take proven approaches to scale?
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As a veteran journalist, Lynne Curry knows how to spot trends. Newspapers and magazines are slashing their budgets, cutting into her income. But the new category of “green-collar jobs” is growing fast, despite the economic slowdown. So Curry earned a credential as a green building specialist.
Politicians and entrepreneurs alike herald green jobs as the next big thing to boost the ailing economy and fight climate change. And the new green economy is creating a host of encore career opportunities as well.
The Green Building Certification Institute (gbci.org) provides information on LEED Certification and the accreditation process. Its parent organization, the U.S. Green Building Council (usgbc.org) provides background on the LEED system.
Treehugger.com’s job board (jobs.treehugger.com)lets you plug in your city and type of job you’re looking for to see what kinds of green jobs are available.
Greenjobsforamerica.org, a coalition of labor unions and environmental groups, is campaigning in 12 states on the East Coast and Midwest to promote green-collar jobs and training programs.
On Linkedin.com, you can search with terms like "green" and "nonprofit" in the Jobs section.
Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America is a compelling call to arms to save America and the planet by developing clean power and energy-efficient technologies.
Van Jones, founder and president of GreenforAll.org, lays out his vision for combatting climate change and poverty at the same time in The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems (HarperOne). A resource list includes tips for training and jobs.