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Green Job Roundup, 5/26 – 5/31

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

See below for a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

NOW HIRING

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Director, International Program (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)
– Rural Communities: Midwest Rural Assembly Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

McKnight Foundation
– Program Assistant – Environment Team ($19.50-21.70/hr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Neighborhood Energy Connection
– Finance and Human Resources Manager ($22-26/hr, St. Paul) (posting)

Silverwood Park
– Seasonal Arts Educator ($9.81-17.07/hr, St. Anthony) (posting)

Dero Bike Rack Co.
– Inside Sales Representative ($30k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

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Green Job Roundup, 5/19 to 5/25

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

See below for a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

NOW HIRING

Do It Green! Minnesota
– Community Workshop Coordinator Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)
– Green Gifts Fair Associate Interns (2) (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)
– Communications Assistant Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)
– Videographer Intern (paid stipend, Minneapolis) (posting)

Friends of the Mississippi River
– Bookkeeper ($17-19/hr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Minnesota Environmental Initiative
– Office Manager (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

City of Minneapolis – Public Works
– Energy Manager (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

MetCouncil – Community Outreach Central Corridor Project Office
– Administrative Assistant ($29-48k/yr, St. Paul) (posting)

Peace Coffee
– Production Manager (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

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Easier Being Green

So today, I heard Joel Makower of GreenBiz.com forecast the future of green business. I heard about the importance of communicating green efforts, and the ways in which businesses are good – or not so good – at broadcasting their “random acts of greenness.” 

But that’s not what I want to talk about! Makower displayed a slide of Kermit the Frog, then explained that the search phrase, “Easy being green,” results in millions of results on Google. And yet, if it’s so easy to be green, asks Makower, why are businesses having such a hard time strategically greening their operations and marketing themselves as eco-friendly companies?

Then a scary thing happened. Makower started showing slides of articles and BLOGS called “easy being green.” Thankfully, my “easier” saved me, and my blog did not make it on to the hot seat. I do think, however, the ball is in my court to explain what exactly I think I mean by calling this blog “easier being green.”

When I started writing in the fall of 2007, I was, shall we say, pretty green about the whole “green” thing – as in, I was not an environmental studies major, and I certainly had never protested the building of anything on wetlands. I’d been a vegetarian for years, mostly because I didn’t like the taste of meat, but I left all my cell phone and computer chargers plugged in overnight. As I started reading about “green” for my job, I learned that “green” is a lot of common sense – a different kind of common sense than traditional capitalism, but not much different – just smarter.

My goal is not to gloss over the difficulty in being “green,” or in figuring out exactly what “green” is. Quantifying your electricity, water, waste and carbon savings is tough enough, but that’s not even the whole picture. How sustainable is your product? How toxic are the materials used? What does the supply chain look like? Being “green” is not easy. I know this. In my day job, I call Minnesotan men in greater Minnesota to try to help them green their businesses (I say men because 90% of the women I talk to are secretaries). The ratio of positive responses to angry ones is pretty bad.

I think what I mean by “easier being green” is “I think it’s easier being a little bit more green than you are right now,” and “It’s easier to become a little bit more green than you think.” Green is tainted by finger pointing and claimed by the elite. Green in the past has meant wealthy – activist – Marin. But the tides are turning. A green mindset is easy. Achieving green perfection is less easy. But we human beings are smart. We’ll get there.

In de-mystifying “green” by making it easier, I hope to democratize it. That’s all.

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Green Job Roundup, 3/16 to 3/21

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

Green Jobs (image from http://www.dailyecotips.com)

Looking for a green career? Here is a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

* Don’t miss Mother Nature Network’s Green Jobs Primer.
* TIME thinks these opportunities are tough to find, but I’ll keep ’em coming as long as I find them.

NOW HIRING

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Rural Communities Senior Associate (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Project for Pride in Living
– Community Garden Coordinator – Summer Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Alliance Pipeline Ltd.
– Environmental Compliance Specialist (paid, Eden Prairie) (posting)

River Bend Nature Center
– Executive Director (paid, Faribault) (posting)

Great River Greening
– Seasonal Restoration Technician ($10-12/hr, St. Paul) (posting)

Minnesota Conservation Corps
– Field Assistant ($1975/month April – September, NE Minnesota Trails) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

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Go Green, Make Green – The World Sees (again) That Environmentalism is Good for Business

We’re all familiar with the idea that resource efficiency is good for business.  A little over a week ago, Business Week published “10 Ways to Cut Business Costs” (with a nod to Jennifer Kaplan). My little miserly heart beats quickly seeing that #1 is “Reduce energy use” and pay less for utilities. Corollary to that, check your energy bill to be sure they added the right number of zeros.

Green jobs are good for the economy. Green jobs maven Van Jones  joined the Obama Administration Council on Environmental Quality this last week, no doubt to ensure that good, green collar jobs are a priority for the next few years.

Moreover, green companies survive better. Last month, management consulting firm A. T. Kearney found that green companies outperformed others by 15% (with a nod to Olga Orda’s post).

Not only are green companies more resilient, they’re more profitable. With the fading economy, Paul Smith (and others) sees the opportunity for ecopreneurs to make money by chasing consumer demand for green products and services.

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Quote for Spring


“The green economy needs Ph.D.’s and Ph.-do’s,” said Van Jones, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland.

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$104 Billion Appetite for Green Products

The 2007 National Technology Readiness Survey found that the potential sales in 2008 for green products and technology could reach $104 billion.


Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Service (University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business) and Rockbridge Assoc. Inc. (technology research firm), the study found that consumers are ready for the green revolution but can’t always find what they’re looking for.

Read more from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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