Who doesn’t want in on the action?
Yes, Newsweek called out the growth of clean tech opportunities in 2007, but job seeker tools started to arrive to the party en masse last year. There’s CleanLoop, Cleantechies, the CleanTech Group, CleanTech.org (where scientists and entrepreneurs meet to commercialize new technologies), CleanTech Brief, and even TriplePundit (courtesy of GreenBiz.com).
But what marks clean tech opportunities out from, say, financial services isn’t the growing range of boards. It’s the enthusiasm and urgency with which many people have embraced them as the front line of the defense of our environment.
So it just makes sense that the Environmental Defense Fund would introduce an interactive tool that tells people where the clean tech jobs are or, rather, are likely to be.
The Environmental Defense Fund’s interactive maps show mashups of companies in dozens of cities within each of 12 states likely to be positively affected, and see increased employment, as caps on carbon emissions go into effect. Accompanied by case studies of a dozen companies and a green jobs study, the site operates something like a strategy generator for the savvy job seeker: Identify your local employers, start networking, and get some training to take advantage of the opportunities just over the rainbow.
The states covered are not comprehensive, but includes states not immediately associated with cleantech (Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Missouri) and a wide range of manufactured products (turbines, drive technology, batteries) essential to the clean tech economy.
Of course, tools like these maps and clean tech job boards only go so far, as anybody frustrated at the effort it takes to break into clean tech will tell you. That they exist shows the mobilizing power of an idea and the shared conviction that clean tech really will be more than a passing engine for economic growth. They don’t make the job search any easier. But at least they give you somewhere to start.