The Green Jobcast #9

The Green Jobcast, episode 9, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes


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First up… the sustainability field is one of the fastest growing green professions. Many organizations such as universities are adding these key roles to help reduce their carbon footprints and save energy. 2 such positions can be found on Jobs in Sustainability dot com…

INVISTA (Kennesaw, Georgia) is seeking a Global Sustainability Director

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education (New York, New York) Sustainability Educator

Learn more about these jobs at www.jobsinsustainability.com

The NY Times is reporting that Following on the heels of a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts last week, two more reports from environmental groups and research institutes suggest that clean-energy investments have the potential to kick-start the economy and employ millions of workers — particularly those at the lower end of the economic scale.

In a statement accompanying the release of the two reports — one authored jointly by the Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute at the UMASS – Amherst; the other by the institute, the green jobs advocacy group Green For All and the Natural Resources Defense Council —assert that a “$150 billion investment in clean energy could create a net increase of 1.7 million American jobs and significantly lower the national unemployment rate.” These job gains would be enough — on their own — to reduce the unemployment rate in today’s economy by about one full percentage point.

America’s largest wind power project is finally moving forward. The Alta Wind Energy Center project, located in California’s windy Tehachapi-Mojave region, is about 100 miles north of urban Los Angeles.

The wind farm is expected to eventually comprise 750 turbines spread over 50 square miles – that’s triple the size of any existing U.S. wind project. Eventually it will feed 3,000 MW of clean power into California’s power grid. The wind farm will supply the annual electrical energy needs of 375,000 to 500,000 American households and will create more than 500 construction jobs and 300 long-term wind related jobs.

Cooler Planet.com is reporting that Vermont is planning new solar energy resources

The Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) announced that a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic array had been approved by state officials to be built in the city of Rutland. The project is also expected to be helpful for local technical students, who will be well-positioned to learn trades that will help land green jobs.

“Combined with a local hydroelectric station, which sits just across the road, the solar project will provide a working classroom for students interested in how energy can be produced through clean, renewable sources,” said CVPS president Bob Young.

The project in Rutland is expected to have 265 photovoltaic panels, each about 3 by 5 feet wide and mounted on 33 arrays. Construction is set to begin this fall. According to CVPS, it is also working to research new biofuel resources as well as other solar sites and was also the first utility in the world to put wind power on the grid in 1941.

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