green jobs

What's a Green Job?

Good question. There’s no official definition but many people have ideas. The theory around here is that building sustainable principals into our economy is not only going to make us happier and healthier it also lays the groundwork for a stronger economy in the traditional sense. This labor day (and a few days before and after) we’ll be asking questions, telling stories, and bringing in a host of experts to kick off a conversation.

This special series features regular Triple Pundit contributors as well as guests who were asked to comment on the idea of “green jobs” and a “green economy” – what they’re doing to advance these ideas or whether they even mean anything at all.

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The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a…
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Renewable Energy Now Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide

Renewable energy job numbers rose 18 percent year-over-year to reach 7.7 million in 2015, according an annual jobs review from the International Renewable…
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Why We Should Teach Everyone Character

Character, also known as emotional intelligence, doesn't need to come from blood, sweat, tears and a stint in Outward Bound. It can be…
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Reinventing Industries to Bring Green Jobs to the Rural South

Many rural southern communities were hit hard by the economic downtown. In seeking to rebuild, instead of returning to traditional manufacturing, these three…
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The Shakespeare Effect: Good Storytelling for Great Jobs

As a jobseeker trying to express your competitive advantage in the crowded, unstructured sustainability jobs market, storytelling can set you ahead.
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Solar is Getting Weird

The California solar homeowners I work with are acting pretty “weird” compared to the rest of America. This summer when the rest of…
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April’s Stories & Beer: Creative Disruption for the MBA

It's time for April's "Stories and Beer" event at the Impact Hub in SF - and online via webcam! Please join us on…
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Where Passion and Water Meet: A Student’s Journey to His Dream Green Job

Can you say, with complete assurance, that you have found your calling in life? Nate Tillis can. After landing his dream green job,…
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It’s Oil, Not Renewables, That Seems to be Killing Jobs

As the American oil industry hit its boom through the advent of new drilling techniques such as tar sands extraction and hydraulic fracking,…
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DOE Helps Military Vets, Native Americans Go Solar

The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur…
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New Crop of OneEnergy Scholars Looks to Make a Net Impact

Aiming to forge careers in the U.S. solar industry, six students will receive mentoring and hands-on training from OneEnergy Renewables and Net Impact.
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SolarCity and Buffalo’s Transformation

Earlier this fall SolarCity announced it would build a massive photovoltaic solar panel factory in Buffalo. Could this help drive the city's resurgence?
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Green Communities are Empowered Communities: Reflections from SXSW Eco

This year’s SXSW Eco conference may be over, but the conversation is just getting started. This post reflects on how the topic of…
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SunShot Helps Bay Area Startups Drive Down Solar Costs

DOE awarded $53 million in SunShot funding for 40 innovative projects that promise to help drive the costs of solar further towards SunShot's…
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SXSW Eco Interview: Angela Mason, Chicago Botanic Garden

Nick Aster talks with Angela Mason about Windy City Harvest and other programs the garden is involved with.