How to land a green job, regardless of your experience level

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A green job is any job or self-employment that genuinely contributes to a more sustainable world.

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How green is that job?

A green job is the coming together of a company or organization, with an individual motivated và capable of performing the role. The company or organization can either be in a "green" sector (e.g. Solar energy), or in a conventional sector but making genuine & substantial efforts lớn green its operations (not just greenwash).

A green job can be with business, nonprofit organizations, government or education. Small business, self-employment và entrepreneurship is very much a part of the new green economy.

Some green jobs require specific ‘green’ skills or education, such as a solar engineer, an environmental educator, or an organic gardener. Other positions vì chưng not necessarily require a green background — for example a graphic designer or accountant working for a green company or organization.

"Green" encompasses virtually all sectors of society: food, energy, transportation, education, government, etc. There are so many companies, organizations and jobs that it would be impossible to menu them all in one place. Because "green" is so broad, it can be helpful khổng lồ focus on one or more environmental issues, career classifications or sectors of society. Not all players think of themselves as "green" or are affiliated with the green or environmental community.

The issue of sustainability is complex và ever-changing. It"s not always obvious what is truly "green" & sustainable, và what is not. If there"s any doubt, techniques such as ecological footprint analysis, cradle-to-grave analysis, or environmental impact assessment should be applied khổng lồ determine just how green any organization, product, service or job actually is.

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Living green

Working in a green job must be part of a person"s green lifestyle. Somebody who participates in the consumer lifestyle, eats factory farmed meat, and commutes alone lớn work ...is probably doing more harm than good, no matter what their employment. While nobody can be perfect, each of us must bởi vì what we can to lớn live in greener, healthier ways. People who choose sustainable lifestyles often find that their financial needs decrease, giving them greater flexibility to lớn get training, switch careers, start a business, work part time, và live a healthier lifestyle.

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Why are green jobs important?

Many people are both concerned & motivated about the environment & would love to lớn focus their energies around green work full-time. Except for the independently wealthy, the only way most people can afford to vì chưng this is through paid employment. Without green jobs, these people are often trapped in jobs with "dinosaur" industries, perpetuating the unsustainable status quo. If we are to build a greener, more sustainable country, Canada needs to lớn capture this wealth of skill, energy and enthusiasm!

Both nhatroso.com and mainstream job sites play an important role in letting people know that green opportunities exist; motivating them lớn pursue green education, volunteering & careers; và connecting them khổng lồ a diverse pool of green opportunities.

Green organizations, companies, networks & associations

(Tip: whether or not you"re interested in working with nonprofits, their sites, networks and associations are excellent gateways to the sector)

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Green job / green career resources và guides

How green is that job?

Not every job or company that calls itself green, actually is genuinely green or sustainable. Here are some ideas, tools và resources lớn help you evaluate a job or company before deciding to lớn work with them.

Green at work

If you can"t find or create a "green job", it"s just as important lớn green your existing job or company from within. Staff and management at all levels can cooperate lớn green your workplace.

What"s “green”?

"Green" encompasses virtually all sectors of society: food, energy, transportation, education, government, etc. Here are some examples of green activities and sectors that offer jobs:

Toxin-free homes • organic gardening • bicycling • walking • public transit • energy conservation • water conservation • biodiversity • solar và wind power nguồn • local & natural food • environmental health • waste reduction, reuse, recycling • consumerism • green building • non-motorized recreation • ecovillages • wildlife • parks and nature • environmental education • peace • green tourism • conservation • climate change • sustainable agriculture • green business • green truyền thông • sustainable living • sustainable development • sustainable forestry • rural issues • appropriate giải pháp công nghệ • và anything else that contributes khổng lồ a more sustainable world.

The issue of sustainability is complex & ever-changing. It"s not always obvious what is truly "green" and sustainable, and what is not. If there"s any doubt, techniques such as ecological footprint & cradle-to-grave analysis should be applied to lớn determine just how green any organization, product, service or job actually is.

See also: Sustainability (2) | Ecological Economics

Denial, despair...or action?

Related terms: Green Career, Green Collar Worker, Environmental Employment, Environmental Internships, Environmental Volunteering. These terms have very similar if not identical meanings, although there is no universal agreement on their meaning. They are often used interchangeably.

See also: Environmental Education, Sustainable Living, Simple Living, Car-free Living, Environmental Volunteering.