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GOING 4 GREEN Pathways to Success Green Futures in a Post-Sandy World smallFEAT for Schools, 2013 Helping schools shrink their footprint one small step at a time
Format Overview Overview What do we mean by GreenWhat do we mean by Green What are the Green Job SectorsWhat are the Green Job Sectors What are the prospectsWhat are the prospects What are the pathwaysWhat are the pathways Where will they take meWhere will they take me Pathways Pathways Destinations Destinations
Sustainability Defined Is there a definition? There are many, but… Is there a definition? There are many, but… Sustainability is...Sustainability is... “Meeting our needs while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” “Meeting our needs while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” (United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development)
What is this Green Thing? What do we mean by “green”? Green generally refers to products, processes, policies and practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment (i.e. eco-friendly)
What is a “Green Job” What is a green job: What is a green job: “Green jobs provide products and services which use renewable energy resources, reduce pollution, conserve energy and natural resources, and reconstitute waste”“Green jobs provide products and services which use renewable energy resources, reduce pollution, conserve energy and natural resources, and reconstitute waste” (White House Taskforce on the Middle Class, 2009) “Good jobs that are good for the environment”“Good jobs that are good for the environment” (Obama Administration definition, 2009)
Definition of Green Jobs (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.
Triple Bottom Line is Sustainable Triple Bottom Line (integrated model) Triple Bottom Line (integrated model) People and planet considered vital assets and capitalPeople and planet considered vital assets and capital Profit decisions are weighed against and balanced with social and environmental impactsProfit decisions are weighed against and balanced with social and environmental impacts Recognizes ethical “corporate responsibility” and the idea of a greater good (i.e., you can’t just rape the planet and abuse workers, etc. because you can increase profit)Recognizes ethical “corporate responsibility” and the idea of a greater good (i.e., you can’t just rape the planet and abuse workers, etc. because you can increase profit)
Green Job Sectors Renewable Energy Generation Renewable Energy Generation Transportation Transportation Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Green Construction Green Construction Energy Trading Energy Trading Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage Research Design Consulting Services Research Design Consulting Services
Sectors Environment Protection Environment Protection Agriculture and Forestry Agriculture and Forestry Manufacturing Manufacturing Recycling and Waste Reduction Recycling and Waste Reduction Governmental and Regulatory Administration Governmental and Regulatory Administration
Definition of Green Economy (from O Net) Green economy: economic activity related to reducing the use of fossil fuels, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy. The Green Job Sectors: Renewable Energy Generation This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).
Transportation This sector covers activities related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, and freight rail. Energy Efficiency This sector covers activities related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing "smart grids," and other energy efficient activities. Green Construction This sector covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.
Energy Trading This sector covers financial services related to buying and selling energy as an economic commodity, as well as carbon trading projects. Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage This sector covers activities related to capturing and storing energy and/or carbon emissions, as well as technologies related to power plants using the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technique. Research, Design, and Consulting Services This sector encompasses "indirect jobs" to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.
Environment Protection This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality. Agriculture and Forestry This sector covers activities related to using natural pesticides, efficient land management or farming, and aquaculture. Manufacturing This sector covers activities related to industrial manufacturing of green technology as well as energy efficient manufacturing processes.
Recycling and Waste Reduction This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials. Governmental and Regulatory Administration This sector covers activities by public and private organizations associated with conservation and pollution prevention, regulation enforcement, and policy analysis and advocacy.
Pathways Skills Skills Educational Options Educational Options Deep Green Jobs vs. Alternative Path Deep Green Jobs vs. Alternative Path Destinations Destinations FulfillmentFulfillment FinancialFinancial FundamentalFundamental
FOUNDATION SKILLS by Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., NCC The 17 Foundation Skills are those required of all workers in the high- performance workplace of the 21st century. They are grouped into four clusters:
The Four Clusters Basic Skills Basic Skills Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Mathematics Thinking Skills Thinking Skills Creative, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Visualization People Skills People Skills Social, Negotiation, Leadership, Team Work, Cultural Diversity Personal Qualities Personal Qualities Self Esteem, Self Management, Responsibility
HIGH EARNERS The average green collar worker makes $76,000 per year, the survey showed, with half of respondents receiving an annual bonus of around $11,000. The other half received no bonus. "Top tier salaries have increased over the past two years. We now see more jobs paying six figure salaries, particularly as climate change has started to pull in senior managers from other areas of business," said Andy Cartland, managing director at Acre Resources. U.S.-based workers were the best paid, receiving salaries averaging $100,000, while Australasia followed closely with $93,000. Workers in Asia earned the least at $41,500.
Reading: 1. Identify relevant details, facts, and specification in what is being read; 2. Locate information in books and manuals, from graphs and schedules; 3. Find meaning of unknown or technical words and phrases; 4. Judge accuracy of reports; and 5. Use computer to find information. BASIC SKILLS
Writing: 1.Communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing; 2. Record information completely and accurately; 3. Create documents, including letters, manuals, reports and graphs; 4. Check, edit, and revise documents for correct information, appropriate emphasis, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and 5. Use computers to communicate information.
Speaking: 1. Organize ideas and communicate oral messages appropriate to listener and situations; 2. Select appropriate language, tone or voice, gestures, and level of complexity appropriate to audience and occasion; 3. Speak clearly; ask questions when needed.
Listening: 1. Listen carefully to what a person says, noting tone of voice and other body language to understand content and feelings being expressed; and 2. Respond in a way that shows understanding of what is said.
Mathematics: 1.Use numbers, fractions, and percentages to solve practical problems; 2. Make reasonable estimates of arithmetic results without calculator; 3. Use tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts to obtain numerical information; 4. Use computers to enter, retrieve, change, and communicate numerical information; and 5. Use computers to communicate data, choosing the best form to present data (e.g., line or bar graph, pie charts).
Creative Thinking: 1. Use imagination freely, combining ideas or information in new ways; and 2. Make connections between ideas that seem unrelated. THINKING SKILLS
Decision Making Skills: 1. Identify the goal desired in making the decision; 2. Generate alternatives for reaching the goal; 3. Gather information about the alternatives (e.g., from experts or books); 4. Weigh the pros and cons of each alternative (i.e., gains/losses to yourself and others, approval/disapproval or self and others); 5. Make the best choice; and 6. Plan how to carry out your choice and what you will do if negative consequences occur.
Visualization: 1.See a building or object by looking at a blueprint, drawing, or sketch; and 2. Imagine how a system works by looking at a schematic drawing [or symbolic representation]
Problem-Solving Skills: 1.Recognize problem, a gap between what is and what should or could be; 2. Identify why it is a problem; 3. Create and implement a solution; and 4. Watch to see how well solution works and revise if needed.
Social: 1. Show understanding, friendliness, and respect for the feelings of others; 2. Assert oneself appropriately, stand up for yourself and your ideas in a firm, positive way; and 3. Take an interest in what people say and why they think and act as they do. People Skills
Cultural Diversity: 1. Work well with people having different ethnic, social, or educational backgrounds; 2. Understand the concerns of members of other ethic and gender groups; 3. Base impressions on a person’s behavior, not stereotypes; 4. Understand one’s own culture and those of others and how they differ; and 5. Respect the rights of others while helping them make cultural adjustments where necessary.
Leadership: 1. Communicate thoughts and feelings to justify a position; 2. Encourage, persuade, or convince individuals or groups; 3. Make positive use of rules (e.g. “Robert’s Rules of Order”) or values of the organization; 4. Exhibit ability to have others believe in and trust you due to your competence and honesty.
Teamwork: 1. Work cooperatively with others; contribute to the group with ideas and effort; 2. Do own share of tasks necessary to complete project; 3. Encourage team members by listening to them, providing support, and offering tips for success, as appropriate; 4. Resolve differences for the benefits of the team; and 5. Responsibly challenge existing procedures, policies, or authorities.
Negotiation: 1.Identify common goals among different parties in conflict and the ways they depend on each other; 2. Clearly present the facts and arguments of your own position; 3. Listen to and understand other party’s position; and 4. Create and propose possible options for resolving the conflict, making reasonable compromises.
Self-Esteem: 1. Understand how beliefs affect how a person feels and acts; 2. Listening to what you say to yourself to identify any irrational or harmful beliefs you may have; and 3. Understand how to change these negative beliefs when they occur. PERSONAL QUALITIES
Self-Management: 1. Assess your own knowledge and skills accurately; 2. Set well-defined and realistic personal goals; and 3. Monitor your progress toward your goals.
Responsibility: 1. Give a high level of effort toward reaching goals; 2. Work hard to become excellent at job tasks. Pay attention to details. Concentrate on doing tasks well, even unpleasant ones; and 3. Display high standards of attendance, honesty, energy, and optimism.
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
8) Green accounting is especially becoming a field on which more companies are relying, as sustainability reporting is on the rise. Combining financial reports with sustainability reports is becoming more crucial as green practices become a staple part of organizations’ agendas—and subsequently, their budgets—in 2013. 9) Business has always been a good area to study, but if you master the specialized area of green supply chain management, then you are certain to be entering an area that is predicted to skyrocket this year. More companies in 2013 are projected to implement more eco-friendly manufacturing processes and product designs, for instance, as both government policies and green customers require this. 10) Believe it or not, more farming jobs will be available in 2013. Many existing farmers are nearing retirement, and many more will be needed to replace them in the area of organic farming and mass food production.
5) Mass transit jobs appear to be a goldmine this year as more cities focus on becoming commuter-friendly and, as a result, far more green. The U.S. President Obama administration is already dedicating more investment to transit—possibly $60 billion over the next few years—and 2013 will certainly be a catalyst. 6) Green high-technology jobs are cropping up in more diverse reasons in the United States, particularly Boise, Idaho, and Greensboro, North Carolina—leaders in the high-tech job sector. 7) Freelance green job seekers are on the rise this year. As unemployment remains a problem and as companies continue to tighten their hiring and spending belts, more individuals are looking to start their own green jobs and do more task-based work rather than working the regular eight-hour shift downtown. And with green products and services growing in demand, finding a green business to start on your own is not too difficult these days.
2) Solar jobs will become in even greater demand in 2013, with more homeowners and business owners opting to take advantage of free sunlight to generate electricity, thus saving on the wallet. In fact, the cost of solar transistors is projected to drop by 50 percent about every 1.5 years. Last year, solar energy increased in popularity by 86 percent. 3) Flow batteries are energizing the green jobs sector in 2013. These batteries are rechargeable fuel cells that enable an electric grid to store extra electrical power during off-peak hours. Engineers and manufacturers of these batteries should have pretty strong job prospects this year. 4) Wind energy jobs will continue to provide more and more employment for green job seekers. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy announced earlier in January that it would fund seven offshore wind projects. Wind energy makes up 2 percent of the world’s electricity right now, and the capacity is projected to keep doubling every two years.
Here are the top 10 green jobs predictions for 2013. 1) Jobs related to green building are expected to skyrocket. This year, green building is expected to jump to between $98 billion and $106 billion—a huge jump from the estimated amount of $85 billion in 2012. A whopping 22 percent to 25 percent of residential homes this year should be green.
“Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it's about having a lot of options.” ― Chris RockChris Rock
4 Things Green Employers are Looking For “Being green should be not just what you do but who you are” 1. You cannot consider the green job as just a job – it must be a way of life. You need to really emphasize how your goal is to not only strive in the workplace but to also lead a productive green life outside of the workplace. 2. You need to bring fresh ideas with you to the green job company. Don’t expect to step into a new green job position and bring nothing new to the table. The green job field is naturally innovative, so be the job candidate who wants to challenge the status quo and make a difference in a unique sustainable way to the benefit of the company’s clients.
3. You must have some experience with green projects, either through school or past jobs. Your past should point to green thinking, as hiring managers are looking for those whose minds already are deep into the wave of a new green society. 4. You need to drive home that you have strong technical experience in the green job field or solid critical thinking skills if your technical skills aren’t so strong. Take advantage of industry certifications (such as the LEED – or Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – Green Associate Exam for those in the green building field) that prove that you don’t just know industry buzzwords but that you actually understand what you are talking about.green building
What Would Be Best For Me (any combination of these could be pathways to others) HS Diploma/GED—Don’t even think about dropping out! Try, try, try to find the support and services you need to graduate. Military Service—Comes with issues attached but can be a pathway Two Year Colleges, Vo-Tech, Apprentice—There is a huge amount of $ going into Community Colleges, Trade Schools, Green Job Training Programs by the federal government Four Year Colleges, Post-Collegiate—A four year degree CAN make a big difference; beyond financial, it is a huge investment of time AND effort Service—Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, CCC, etc. Travel/Internship Entrepreneur—start a green company, non-profit, social venture business