Booming green jobs

Apologies for not being able to post yesterday as I had to line up for registration to my next class which will start on January 26. I will not regale you with the horrors of my College enrollment and instead will hopefully cheer you up (and maybe myself) with the good news of expanding green recruitment.

According to this article from BusinessWeek, sustainability is said to be one of the few potential bright spots amidst the dismal recruiting environment. Which is mostly why schools in the US are ramping up their efforts to involve green curricula in their programs. Some business schools say enrollment for sustainability electives in their MBA programs have increased over the last four years.

I actually just attended a Sustainability Leadership event a few weeks ago in Farleigh Dickinson University and it was fascinating hearing how several sustainability management officers in their own fields got to their current positions. Most of them said that they have to mostly test the waters and experiment when it comes to putting out sustainability projects since there is no industry definition of what sustainability is really about. They also discussed the challenges of the current economic recession to their sustainability initiatives. Most agreed that sustainability has even become more important in order for companies to save money, and not just to become green.The event was organized by talent services firm Hudson Gain Corporation and the University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE). Hudson Gain’s Roger Thorne also presented an overview of the role of a chief sustainability officer in corporation. You can also access Hudson Gain’s recent white paper, “Going Green? Don’t Hire a Sustainability Chief Until You Read this Study” on this link.

I actually wrote an article about the new breed of corporate sustainability management within the chemical industry, which seems to be proliferating in the past few years. My interviews for this article included Dow Chemical’s new corporate sustainability officer (CSO) Dave Kepler, Albemarle’s new CSO Dave Clary, BASF’s new Climate Protection Officer Dr. Ulrich von Deessen, DuPont’s director of sustainability development Dawn Rittenhouse, Dow Corning’s executive director for environmental, health and safety Dr. Peter Cartwright, and Hudson Gain’s Roger Thorne.

Look out for this article in ICIS Chemical Business‘ Human Resources feature that will be published on February 2.

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