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Green Job Roundup, 6/1 to 6/5

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
– Communications Assistant ($26-30k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Fresh Energy
– Administrative Assistant (paid part time, Minneapolis) (posting)

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
– Solar Technology Research and Development – Americorps*VISTA (Americorps, Pine River) (posting)
OK, so not metro area, but I can vouch for the complete awesomeness of this group.

City of Minneapolis
– Energy Manager ($64-88k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
– Community Organizer (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

And a very special stimulus job posting…
Minnesota Office of Energy Security/Department of Commerce
– Weatherization Monitor ($ 19.33-$ 28.35 hourly, $ 40,361-$ 59,195 annually, Minneapolis) (posting)
(up to 10 positions available)

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

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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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Monday Link Roundup

Here are my favorite Minneapolis/St. Paul green headlines from the last week:

  • Minnesota ranks 5th in the nation in terms of number of organic acres harvested in 2007, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more from MPR.
  • Robbinsdale, Minn.-based Backyard Harvest turns your backyard into a produce-producing haven for a little over a thousand dollars. Read more from James Norton at The Heavy Table.
  • Minnesota paper mills will benefit from an alternative energy tax credit. But is this credit of hundreds of millions of dollars encouraging good or bad environmental practices? Read more from Cynthia Dizikes at MinnPost.
  • The vegan restaurant Greenway Cafe made a brief appearance in the Twin Cities from April 15 to 18. Read more from CityPages.

And worldwide….

  • Somniloquy lets your computer stay connected to the network while saving energy in sleep mode. Read more from Dan Nosowitz at Gizmodo. And while we’re talking inventions.. how about this inflatable shower curtain that, ah… encourages you to conserve water? Read about it from Sean Fallon, also of Gizmodo.
  • Heather at The Greenest Dollar breaks down the drinking water treatment and delivery process. We Americans are so lucky that we can afford to be so distant from this process in our everyday lives, and knowing more about it is a good thing. Find her post here.
  • Peer pressure helps people make green choices. Read more from The Green Workplace.
  • Bon Appetit posted a list of 50 Ways to Eat Green (via CityPages).
  • daily dose of imagery posted this snapshot of a chandelier decked out with thousands of upcycled plastic containers at Brookfield Place in Toronto.
  • The publisher of Utne Reader has launched Great Green Careers, a green jobs search engine nationwide.

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Monday Link Roundup

Here are my favorite Minneapolis/St. Paul green headlines from the last week:

And worldwide….

  • Leigh from The Green Workplace reports that Vancouver has hired a goat to mow the City Hall lawn. Read about Vancouver’s Latest Hire.
  • The Empire State Building is going through a huge energy efficiency retrofit. Read about it on the Department of Energy web site.
  • This Repair Manifesto from SwissMiss has it right – why buy new when a high quality product can be fixed up a little bit? Take that planned obsolescence. (Thanks to Peter for sharing the link!)
  • Google hosts a data center efficiency summit. Read more from the Google Blog.

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Unique Thrift Store

You must go to the Unique Thrift Store in St. Paul’s North End. Soon.

Unique Thrift Store Haul, St. Paul, MN

Unique Thrift Store haul, St. Paul, MN


Unique Thrift Store
1657 Rice St. (Rice & Larpenteur)
St. Paul, MN
(its sister store in Columbia Heights was rated 2007 City Pages Best Thrift Store, but we all know how much to trust City Pages when it comes to rating businesses – so trust me instead!)

Let me start out with one caveat: there are no dressing rooms, and there are no returns allowed. This is no place to buy a pair of jeans. That said, it is a great place to buy pretty much anything else. Why?

You can get ten brand-name shirts for the price of one. It’s all in one place. You won’t see your neighbor in your shirt tomorrow. With a measuring tape, you can guess at what will fit and/or try it on over your clothes. It has a good selection for men, women, and kids (unlike TurnStyle, which carries a grand total of 5 men’s shirts). 

At Unique Thrift Store, style again becomes treasure hunting, not the art of spending money. Fashion experiments become possible. There are wetsuits. There are sweatsuits. There are unitards. Nobody will hassle you while you search. It’s mostly well organized, but occasionally you find XL and small shirts mingling on a rack like it’s high school prom. If your style trends towards the preppie, you will find Hollister and Abercrombie brands. If you like sequins, you will find beaded and sequined articles galore. Sundresses? Basketball jerseys? McCain/Palin shirts? Check, check, and check.

It’s a business model I can feel good supporting (for-profit, but buys from charitable orgs like ARC and isn’t funneling money to keep a sweatshop spinning… most importantly it keeps unwanted clothes out of the landfill). Did I mention it’s cheap?

I spent about two hours there yesterday and made off with the haul pictured above. I have clothes to wear to work and clothes to wear not at work. I have a raincoat. I have a laptop case. I spent under $70.

It’s mostly clean, and was very crowded on a Saturday. I did feel a bit grimy and overwhelmed when I left (I had to go wash a lot of black gunk from the hangers off my hands), but I’m still not feeling any buyer’s remorse.

Try Unique! I’m sure you’ll find something to take home – for $3.95 or less! For more opportunities for thrift store shopping, or other ideas for living greenly and cheaply, check out EcoCheapo Twin Cities.

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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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