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March 1 – I’ve been looking at “green” job sites lately. There are a bunch of them out there, which is heartening. I ran across a couple of clunkers, but I also ran across a couple of really good sites. Let’s start with them.

You could do a lot worse than begin your search at www.sustainablebusiness.com.
While green jobs are posted in higher numbers than I found at any other site, you will
also find green news articles, press releases, green investing opportunities, a “Green
Week in Review” podcast, a green events calendar, and a “Resources” category. This
last feature connects you to links of various kinds: agriculture/organics, ecotourism, building design, forests, and waste reduction, to name a few. Each heading is followed by lists of organization websites serving that particular field.

As for your job hunt, searching by location, skill level, kind of job, and/or keyword
are all options. Internships and volunteer positions can also be found.

Another excellent site for you to consider is www.greenbiz.com. Greenbiz also offers myriad
ways to learn more about green business: a “newswire” provides the researcher with ample
articles about who or what is making green news; links to blogs, events, RSS, newsletters, twitter, video, podcasts and job opportunities; and the ability to search their bookstore, utilize tools, and link to organizations, organizational reports, and professional services. This would be an outstanding digital offering for the individual already employed in the field.

Two other sites worth a look are www.cleantechrecruits.com and www.greenjobs.com. Clean tech offers the opportunity to search a category called entry-level jobs, and green jobs has a category for recycling supply/trading. There is a directory in green jobs for green business resources, green government resources, and green associations.

Perhaps it’s unfair for me to call the next two sites clunkers; they had a lot to offer job seekers, but I’ll issue this caveat: neither site did a good job of weeding out bad hits, i.e., job descriptions that contain the word “green” in them somewhere (frequently the location), but that are not, in fact, describing jobs involved with reducing waste or caring for the environment. Keep this in mind when you visit www.greatgreencareers.com and
www.allenvironmentaljobs.com.

One last recommendation. Check out the State of Green Business Report 2010 at the Greenbiz
site. It appears to be very thorough, with up-to-the-minute information on the many sectors of the business world. You can download the report, or read individual sector chapters online. I found lots of easy-to-understand information about the smart grid in the first chapter. What, in many cases, government has failed to attempt, business is making happen. It turns out that waste doesn’t make economic sense, after all.

As Obama quietly creates a new Climate Services agency, and procures funding for upgrading the health of the Great Lakes; while Wal Mart tells its thousands of vendors they must toe the environmental line, and one major business after another creates products that are capable of making use of the Smart Grid, things are getting incrementally better. Too little, too late? Probably. But at least not “never at all.”

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