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1 Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future Jim Cassio What is a Green Job? (Definitions) 1. Jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. -Green Jobs Act 2. Jobs that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. -United Nations 3. Jobs that are good for the environment. -Van Jones 4. Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, and jobs in which workers duties involve making their establishment s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. -US Bureau of Labor Statistics Other Definitions - Often Repeated: Jobs that produce green goods or services, or that help minimize a businesses environmental impact. Jobs that are involved in preserving, protecting or improving the environment. Top 20 Green Job Sectors 1. Air Quality 2. Alternative Fuels/Vehicles 3. Ecotourism & Environmental Education 4. Energy Efficiency 5. Environmental Regulatory Compliance 6. Environmental Engineering & Science 7. Environmental Health & Safety 8. Law: Environmental Regulatory & Land Use 9. Green Building & Sustainable Design 10. Green/Cleantech Product Development 11. Natural & Land Resources 12. Public Transportation 13. Recycling & Waste 14. Renewable/Clean Energy 15. Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) 16. Sustainability Consultants, Advisors & Coordinators 17. Sustainable & Organic Agriculture 18. Sustainable Development 19. Sustainable Landscaping & Habitat Restoration 20. Water Treatment & Finding One s Career Niche 1. Develop a working knowledge of basic green terms and concepts 2. Get some green experience that will be good for you and your resume when applying for green jobs 3. Find a career center that will help you assess and learn about your interests, values and skills so you can make good career decisions for you 4. Explore and then thoroughly hl research your best occupational choices to ensure that they would be a good fit for you 5. Make the necessary decision and then commit yourself to a career plan with goals and objectives 6. Become a skilled job hunter and learn how to utilize the hidden job market 7. Develop an appreciation for lifelong learning Key Green Terms & Concepts 1

2 The GREEN MOVEMENT is a collective term for the individuals and organizations involved in efforts to protect the environment. SUSTAINABILITY means meeting our needs while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. -United Nations World Commission on Environment & Development What is the Green Economy? 1. The healthy, sustainable, low-carbon economy that we need, and 2. Those industry sectors of our current economy that serve to protect, preserve or improve the environment. What is a Green Business or Sustainable Organization? It s a business or organization that is taking responsibility for their impact on the environment. Common values of green businesses: Conserving energy and water Preventing pollution Managing their waste stream Generating and using renewable energy Increasingly common: Measuring/managing carbon emissions What is Greenwashing? When a business claims to be green and they aren t, or when a business claims that their product is green and it isn t. 2

3 What is Green Certification? The goal of green certification programs is to assure us that the products or businesses they certify are good choices for those who want to be environmentally responsible. Which is more eco-friendly??? What is a Life Cycle Assessment? Evaluating the total environmental impact of a product or process throughout its entire life cycle from cradle to grave. American Center for Life Cycle Assessment - What is Resource Conservation? All efforts to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently. -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency What is Global Warming? Refers to the warming of the Earth's atmosphere due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting in Climate Change 3

4 What are Carbon Emissions? Refers to carbon dioxide, or CO2 emissions one of our major greenhouse gases. What s the global cost of climate change? 300,000 deaths/year $125 billion/year in costs Venture Capital Investment in Clean Technology in North America, Europe, Israel, China, India What is Clean Technology? Cleantech is the financing and development of new technologies that address our energy and environmental problems. Source: Cleantech Group What is Renewable Energy? Energy from natural resources that are naturally replenished over a short period of time. What is Energy Efficiency? Refers to all efforts to reduce energy waste and to get more from the available energy. 4

5 What is Green Building? Green Building is a new approach to designing, building and renovating homes and buildings; it incorporates sustainable design, green building practices, and sustainable building materials. What is the Smart Grid? Refers to the new smart and energy efficient power distribution system being developed by utility companies and technology companies. What are Alternative Fuel Vehicles? Low or no emission vehicles designed to run on alternative fuels such as electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, ethanol, and hydrogen. Are hybrids alternative fuel vehicles? Depends on who you ask! What is Public Transportation? Use of buses and rail to move people around Saves the US 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline and 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide every year -American Public Transportation Association Core Sectors of the Green Economy What is a Carbon Footprint? t? 1. A calculation of your total set of greenhouse gases, and 2. A learning experience 1. Renewable Energy Generation 2. Energy Efficiency 3. Alternative Fuel Transportation 4. Energy Storage 5. Air & Environment 6. Recycling & Waste 7. Water & Wastewater 8. Sustainable & Organic Agriculture 9. Research & Advocacy 10.Business Services 11.Finance & Investment t 12.Advanced Materials 13.Green Building 14.Manufacturing & Industrial 15.Energy Infrastructure 5

6 Additional Private Sector Industries with Green Jobs Bicycle related industries Cleaning and janitorial services when they specialize in green cleaning Clothing and accessories related industries when their products are made from organic and recycled material Ecotourism tourism focused on environmental protection/preservation, social justice, and education Green or organic restaurants and food services Pesticide services when they use organic pesticides Printing and publishing industries when they re committed to sustainability Transportation services when they use green transportation or provide public transportation services Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) with Green Jobs Agriculture, Sustainable/ Organic Air Quality/Pollution Climate Change Ecosystems Energy Environmental Disasters Environmental Economics Environmental Education Environmental Legislation/ Policy Forest Habitat Conservation Health Natural History Oceanography Population Sciences Sustainable/Green Business Sustainable Development Transportation Waste Water Quality Wildlife Public Sector Agencies with Green Jobs Federal State Local Army Corps of Engineers Bureau of Land Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Department of Energy Environmental Protection Agency Fish and Wildlife Service Forest Service Geological Survey National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin National Park Service Natural Resources Conservation Service Agriculture and Food Safety Coastal Zone Community and Economic Development Emergency Services Energy Fisheries and Wildlife Protection Parks and Recreation Planning Pollution Control and Prevention Public Health Water Resources Air Quality Conservation/Park Land Electricity Green Building Green Business Public Transportation ti Recycling Regional Planning Waste Water and Wastewater Treatment 6

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9 Napa County's Emerging Green Economy What is the Green Economy? Green Market Segments Napa County s Green Businesses Green Business Practices Green Jobs & Occupations Workforce Analysis Green Employment Green Business Employer Survey Green Workforce Training Gap Analysis & Recommendations Green Business Survey Highlights Local green businesses are increasingly employing a variety of green business practices, ranging from energy and water conservation to recycling to energy auditing and renewable energy generation The number of new full-time job openings is expected to grow by 9.4% over the next two years, while seasonal/ temporary jobs are expected to increase by nearly 8% during the same period In the past year, some jobs were lost and some jobs were gained, but overall the 74 employers surveyed reported a net increase of nearly 100 jobs About 3 out of 4 businesses surveyed reported that it was somewhat to extremely difficult to find qualified workers with green job knowledge and skills The biggest problem for employers is finding workers with strong work ethics and problem solving skills Qualified workers with strong communication, math, and writing skills are also difficult to find 9

10 Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future By Jim Cassio & Alice Rush Features: Profiles of 100 green careers, including interviews with real people who work in those careers (total 368 pages) Covers a variety of green jobs representing almost every area of career interest from science and engineering i to sales and journalism Available in both paperback and e-book versions from all major booksellers Ask for a 20% discount if you buy it from our publisher s online bookstore Jim Cassio: or look for me on LinkedIn 10

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