Green people wanted

Today’s the President’s Day holiday and I planned to take a break from my green blogging.

However, it seems that I can’t escape. When I woke up this morning the first thing I heard when I turned on my TV was about the green trend opening up tons of new, profitable job posts, as reported on CBS Early Morning Show.

According to the show’s reporter Danny Seo, companies are expecting to profit [on the long run] from becoming more green, and in turn opening new green/environmental job positions.

Seo cited examples such as solar power engineers (average salary: +$40,000); healthy home decorators/designers (+$50K); environmental lawyers (+$100k); environmental engineers (+$70K); environmental scientists (+$50K); and green corporate jobs such as corporate social responsibility directors (CSRD), where salary varies depending on the size of the company.

I scoured my green news archive and came up with some articles relating to the creation of new green posts across varied industries:

  • Global financial firm Ernst & Young appointed a new Americas Director of Environmental Sustainability in January. Last year in June, big paper company International Paper formed its Office of Sustainability and promoted a director of sustainable forestry and forest policy. Its competitor Georgia-Pacific also formed its new chief sustainability officer (CSO) last year November.
  • This New York Times article last year wrote about the creation of green jobs especially CSOs from companies like Dow Chemical, DuPont, General Motors, GE, Hilton Hotels, HSBC and Home Depot.
  • Are CSR positions really necessary? The website wrote about the usefulness of these new breed of corporate executives.
  • How the burgeoning green economy could help open up green-collar jobs in America was also discussed in this cover story by Environmental Magazine.

And finally, a coalition of over 80 US organizations is planning to hold the first ever National Green Jobs conference in March in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The organizations hope the green trend will revitalize American manufacturing through investments in clean and renewable energy technologies.

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