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Presentation delivered at MassRecycle's 4th Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference, Bentley University, June 15, 2010. Get invited to next year’s conference by signing up to MassRecycle’s …

Presentation delivered at MassRecycle's 4th Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference, Bentley University, June 15, 2010. Get invited to next year’s conference by signing up to MassRecycle’s free email newsletter at www.massrecycle.org.

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  • 1. Defining Green Careers Dmitriy Nikolayev Procurement Manager, Facilities & Environmental Services Massachusetts Operational Services Division President of the Board, MassRecycle, Inc.
  • 2. That’s all I have to say about that…
    • Why am I an authority on the topic?
    • What is a green career anyway?
    • Where are the green jobs when we need them?
    • Advice I should not be giving
  • 3. Hugging trees… professionally
    • BS in Environmental Science
    • MA in Public Policy
    • Environmental Marketing
    • Environmentally Preferable Products
    • Procurement Management
  • 4. This may happen to you…
    • Late 1980s - Ad-hoc environmental efforts
    • Early 1990s – Formal programs funded by “environmental” money
    • Mid-1990s – Several cities, counties and states networking / commiserating
    • Late 1990s – More complex projects
    • Early 2000s – Nationwide cooperation, common specs, more tools and certifications
    • Mid-2000s – The industry catches up, program funded by “procurement” money
    • Today – Wide acceptance, training, competition
    • Tomorrow – Normal way of doing business, inclusion in employee hiring and evaluation practices
  • 5. Defining a “green” job
    • Environmental jobs
    • Green-collar jobs
    • Your own definition
    Your Job
  • 6. Why now?
    • Increased public interest in “green”
    • Government / regulatory pressure
    • Increasing energy prices
    • Competition with other labor markets
    • More frequent job changes
    • Aging workforce
  • 7. Green industry/job studies
    • GreenBiz.com’s State of Green Business 2008 assesses 20 green markets and states…
    • “ How many jobs are being created through all of the kinds of activities measured in this report? No one knows.”
    • But we can always estimate…
  • 8. “ Old” environmental industry
    • Environmental Business Journal, 2006
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Solid waste management
    • Remediation / industrial services
    • Consulting / engineering
    • Water equipment / chemicals
    • Water utilities
    • Resource recovery
    • Hazardous waste management
    • Projected annual growth rates 2007-2010: 2.2-15%
  • 9. Staying fashionable
    • Sustainability Labour Market Trends: A Canadian and International Perspective, 2009
    • Outlook Fair
      • Cement, Aluminum, Steel
    • Outlook Excellent
      • Renewable energy
      • Recycling
      • Public transportation
      • Green buildings / retrofitting /energy efficient appliances
      • Small-scale sustainable farming
      • Sustainable forestry management
  • 10. Ask an expert…
    • Sustainability Labour Market Trends: An Employer, Industry and Thought Leader Perspective, 2009
  • 11. Jobs important for the future
    • Climate change and energy managers / specialists and energy engineers
    • Strategic community development / stakeholder relations
    • Sustainable supply managers
    • Sustainability marketers
    • Environmental / sustainability engineers
    • Sustainability manager / environmental coordinator
    • Material / product developers
  • 12. Important knowledge areas
    • Lifecycle and systems thinking
    • Community-based perspective
    • Climate change, energy management, GHG
    • Stakeholder relations
    • Environmental policy
    • Economic systems and models
    • Water and wastewater management
    • Sustainable business practices
    • Performance measurement and reporting
  • 13. Experts agree…
    • Green jobs
      • Are inter-disciplinary
      • May and do exist outside of the “strictly environmental” industry
      • Will evolve from existing skill sets
      • Likely to lose “sustainability” in job title soon
      • Will be part of an entirely new industry dedicated to sustainability considerations
  • 14. What if you are not an engineer?
    • Finding your way in
      • Bring transferable skills into a new industry (e.g. Solar PV will still need sales and accounting)
      • Build on existing industry knowledge (e.g. green up your office… or the cement industry)
    • Some tools
      • Educate yourself about your current industry
      • Find a network
      • Be a change agent in your current workplace
  • 15.