KleanJobs.com Now Offering Green Collar Job Search
KleanJobs.com is a new job search engine specifically tailored to a broad sector made up of clean technology products and services, including energy management, sustainability, and careers related to accounting for and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Green collar jobs include employees across the fields of engineering, accounting, sales, marketing, manufacturing and product development. The high demand for renewable energy, as well as companies focusing on sustainability initiatives, is shifting more jobs into what has come to be called “The Green Economy.”
“Green economy employers have very specific needs and requirements for their workforce,” said Greg Schreiner, Clean Tech Recruitment Manager at RedFish Technology. “This field is becoming very competitive, and we see the demand for highly qualified employees with broad based knowledge of green technologies increasing. Getting the right people in the right roles is every company’s first responsibility, and we are looking to sites like KleanJobs.com and CleanTechRecruits.com to help us identify the right people.”
In addition to offering a search site for green-collar workers, KleanJobs will also be branching out into related services, such as job certification in green economy skills and resume writing and editing services. Company co-founder, PJ Stoural, says he hopes to address a need for employers in this field to locate the talent they need. “There’s a huge unmet need for US workers, as well as returning US service members, to get trained in these fields. There are estimates of up to 46,000 new clean jobs in the US this quarter, and we have employers who want to hire.”
KleanJobs.com is a new kind of job search engine for people with broad-based knowledge in sustainability, clean energy, clean tech, and other green economy skills, as well as for employers with job openings in the green economy. It offers a free search engine and reasonable rates for posting candidate profiles, as well as available openings.
US Department of Labor announces $100 million in green jobs training grants through Recovery Act
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.
Through the Energy Training Partnership Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, 25 projects ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million each will receive grants. These grants are built on strategic partnerships â€” requiring labor and business to work together.
“Today’s announcement is part of the administration’s long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic revitalization and a clean energy future. It’s an investment that will help American workers succeed while doing good,” said Secretary Solis. “Our outstanding award recipients were selected because their proposed projects will connect workers to career pathways in green industries and occupations through critical, diverse partnerships.”
Training activities funded through this grant program will be individually tailored based on occupations and skills identified as in demand in local areas around the country. Training programs will seek to prepare workers for a range of careers including: hybrid/electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers.
Grant recipients are expected to work in conjunction with a diverse range of partners, including labor organizations, employers and workforce investment boards. Bringing together the workforce expertise of these groups will allow grantees to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of both workers and employers, and that provide participants with the support needed to successfully complete training. The grantees will utilize these partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including career opportunities in registered apprenticeship programs.
These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative â€” totaling $500 million â€” to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.
For a full listing and project description of each grant recipient, visit http://www.doleta.gov. To view a video or listen to radio actualities (in English and Spanish) with introductions to the green jobs training grants by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/grants.
Tackling climate change nets 4.5 million jobs
ASES/MISI analysis shows that renewable energy and
energy efficiency can reduce U.S. carbon emissions 60-80%,
generate millions of jobs and are revenue neutral or better
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/22/2009) – A new report suggests that tackling climate change will be a major net job creator for the U.S. economy. According to the report, aggressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency can net up to 4.5 million new U.S. jobs by 2030 and provide the greenhouse gas emission reductions necessary to tackle climate change.
The report entitled, Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling Climate Change, was released today during a news conference in Washington, D.C. The study was released by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) based in Boulder and Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI) based in Washington, D.C.
The report can be found at: www.ases.org/climatejobs
According to the analysis, renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment costs would be revenue neutral or better as costs to implement the technologies are offset by savings from lower energy bills, making total net costs near zero.
“The twin challenges of climate change and economic stagnation can be solved by the same action—broad, aggressive, sustained deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Brad Collins, ASES’ Executive Director, “the solution for one is the solution for the other.”
This jobs report offers the most detailed analysis yet on the potential role of the new energy economy in tackling climate change.
Report findings show that:
- Aggressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency can net 4.5 million new jobs by 2030. These jobs are not limited to certain regions or sectors – they are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. in virtually all industries and occupations.
- Hot jobs spurred by this new economic growth span a diverse range of skills and experience and include: electricians, plumbers, carpenters, administrative assistants, machinists, cashiers, management analysts, civil engineers, and sheet metal workers.
- Renewable energy and energy efficient technologies could displace approximately 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually by 2030 – the amount scientists believe is necessary to prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change.
- Approximately 57% of carbon emissions reductions would be from energy efficiency and 43% would be from renewable energy.
- Energy efficiency measures can allow U.S. carbon emissions to remain about level through 2030, while renewable technologies can provide large reductions in carbon emissions below current levels
- Industries showing the largest job gains include: construction, farming, professional services, public sector, retail, truck transportation, fabricated metals and electrical equipment.
- The construction industry directly benefits from almost all the growing renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors as well as from improvements in overall economic growth due to energy savings. Farming directly benefits from biomass and biofuel technology growth.
- Many of these jobs can not be easily outsourced due to the on-site nature required by these roles.
- The greatest numbers of renewable energy jobs are generated by solar photovoltaics, biofuels, biomass, and concentrating solar power sectors.
The report suggests that policy can play a significant role in both generating jobs and mitigating carbon emissions.
“For job growth the status quo is no match for innovation,” said Mr. Collins. “Congress can help get the economy back on track with smart energy policy – reduce energy consumption in buildings by 50%; adopt an aggressive national renewable portfolio standard; commit to end dependence on foreign oil by 2025; and implement an upstream cap and auction system to manage greenhouse gases at the points where they first enter the energy economy.”
This report analyzed the job potential of improving energy efficiency in buildings, transportation, and industry, and assessed six renewable energy technologies: concentrating solar power, photovoltaics, wind power, biomass, biofuels, and geothermal power. Estimates in this report refer to net jobs since advancing new energy technologies can both create new jobs and displace jobs from less efficient industries. This report suggests that, in total, more than 4.5 million more jobs can be created by tackling climate change than would be lost.
This new report builds on the findings of ASES’ groundbreaking 2007 report Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.: Potential Carbon Emissions Reductions From Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 2030, edited by Chuck Kutscher.
What an incredible situation we find ourselves in…California, the nation, the world. To quote famous author Charles Dickens from, A Tale of Two Cities” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of enlightenment, it was the age of foolishness.” Thomas Paine in a series of pamphlets, The American Crisis in late 1776 wrote, ” These are the times that try men’s soul.”
One morning several weeks ago while surfing the net I came across a recording of Earl Nightingale. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, he is the author of the Strangest Secret, Acres of Diamonds and he did the audio version of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I guess you could sort of think of him as the; graveled voiced Godfather of the modern day motivational speakers. But there I was, listening to him again. It has been many years since a mentor of mine, Dan Yacht turned me on to his words… it was early in the wee hours of the ‘mornin’ that I was listening….he said and it hit me hard…“YOU BECOME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT!”
These thoughts really aren’t so secret because they show up in just about every religion in the world. So it comes as no surprise when these principals resurfaced as the “Laws of Attraction” as artfully delivered by Michael Beckwith and others as, The Secret. Today I hope career seekers and employers gain some perspective…because as funny as it seems listening to that program Nightingale wrote over 40 years ago …What he said then, rings true today….”mankind is living in the golden age that we have been praying for, for centuries.
What should we think about? How about the remarkable job opportunities that surely will come in all aspects of renewable energy including solar. Can’t find a job? Has the dream of one day running your own business found it’s way back into your spirit? Think about the alternative ways we communicate now which didn’t even exist just 5 years ago. Think about how finding a job has changed and hasn’t changed? And yet the human element still exist, a person still needs to agree to hire you. Remember classified job advertising? And what’s this thing called social networking, what’s up with that? Is the hidden job market still hidden? Haven’t you always known someone who, knows someone who used to be married to that woman who was the president of? Well you get the message.
The job finding tools offered here are just that! Tools. You’ll still need to connect on a human level with those hiring and offer your productivity, your valued skills! Just maybe we the job seekers, employers, managers, owners and investors can… steady, steady focus on the rewards of success. We’re all in this thing together!!!
by Richard Andrews
Obama’s Stimulus Package Is Bringing Back Jobs
by Abby Taylor
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President Obama’s Stimulus Package is bringing back jobs and changing lives in the process. Who knows where we would be if he hadn’t stepped in and spoken up for change? Take a look around your city and notice the work that is being done. Roads, bridges, parks, and buildings are going up, up, up and it’s all due to President Obama’s Stimulus Package.
You may know someone who has gotten a good job back because of the stimulus package. If not, you know someone who knows someone. The stimulus package is greatly improving our country and pulling us out of the recession. This package is not just about jobs, it’s about improving our country’s infrastructure and putting us back on top as a world leader.
While President Obama’s Stimulus Package is helping us immediately with jobs and infrastructure improvements, it’s also helping us long-term by investing in green technology and energy. We have so many amazing resources at our disposal and President Obama’s Stimulus Package aims to harness these resources to fuel our country while saving our environment. It’s a win-win situation.
Take a moment to really reflect on President Obama’s Stimulus Package and you’ll see the wonderful advancements we can make. Our country is better off, coming out of the recession, and we as individuals are going to be better off as well. It’s time to stop worrying and focus on the positive things the President’s Stimulus Package will do for us and for our country.
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