labor day 2009


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 brining 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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TGIT: The Workweek Goes Green

Introducing six reasons to say “Thank Goodness It’s Thursday.” The novel 4-day/40-hour workweek might just mean saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, alleviating…
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Goodwill: A People Recovery Enterprise

By James David, Communications Manager, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties While people around the world generally think about…
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Clean Tech Training for All

Just five years ago, there were a mere handful of educational and training programs available for those interested in clean tech, primarily in…
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Dow Corning CEO’s Take On Green Jobs

The following is a guest post by Dr. Stephanie Burns, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Dow Corning Corporation: This month’s second…

The Dangers of Haphazard Hiring in Building the Clean Economy

By Nick Ellis, Managing Partner of Bright Green Talent If you’ve applied for a job—green or otherwise—in the past year, you’ve probably found…
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Michigan’s Windspire Inspires New Green Jobs

By Amy Berry Last April, amid a freezing cold rain and intermittent snow showers, more than 600 people stood in and around a…
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Green Jobs Movement: Make it Real

By Cathy Calfo, Executive Director of The Apollo Alliance The green jobs movement has come a long way, baby. Just five years ago,…

Sustainable Labor and the Farmer’s Market

Essay by Steve Pierson Labor Day came into being in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s, during a wave of popular sentiment toward…

Bill Clinton, T. Boone Pickens, and Al Gore on Cleantech Jobs and the New Economy (VIDEO)

The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0, sponsored by Senate Major Leader Harry Reid, UNLV, and the Center for American Progress took place last…

Labor Day Reflections On U.S. Healthcare

Labor Day is more than just a mere day off, but a day to honor the men and women past and present who…

“Solar Energy Initiatives” Capitalizes on Fed Stimulus

"Going green" has been touted as a way to address numerous vexing problems, from environmental degradation and climate change to economic development and…

Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting – Proving the Triple Bottom Line to Big Businesses

If more people perceived the word “sustainability” to be synonymous with “wealth creation,” I imagine many of the barriers to forming a green…
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Green Jobs Training: Emerging Opportunities To Leverage Stimulus Dollars

A centerpiece of the stimulus package is an effort to put 3 and 4 million people back to work over the next two…

Looking For a Green Job? Grab Your Rain Boots

It’s been 200 days since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it has allocated…
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Cisco Pays Employees Not to Work at Cisco

How the Computer Networking Giant Encourages Non-Profit Service A few years back, the Financial Times told the story of Peter Santis, a regional…