Unlock Your Green Career event at Harvard

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Have you been thinking about making your career greener?

Come and get your questions answered by experts in the field!

We are forming the panel with professionals from different areas of sustainability, such as sustainable sports products, energy efficiency, sustainable financing and environmental education. Join us for the panel discussion and socializing with the industry leaders, faculty, alumni and fellow Harvard Extension School classmates.

Speakers:

Rob Berridge, Senior Manager of Investor Programs, CERES

Scot Hopps, Director of Sustainability, Saunders Hotel Group & EcoLogical Solutions

Anurag Agarval, Co-founder & CEO, JeffCorwinConnect Inc

Linda Spencer, Assistant Director and Coordinator, Harvard Extension School Career Advising

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Next Sustainability Breakfast Meetup – May 15th

Sustainability networking in Boston

Net Impact Boston

Join us for the second of a new series of informal breakfast meetups to get sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!  So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world.

Future sustainable breakfast meetups will occur on the third Wednesday of the month through 2013.  This is an evolving event so your input and participation is more than welcome.  Please share any thoughts or ideas with events@netimpactboston.org.

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2013

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am

Location: Pret A Manger 185 Franklin Street, Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Cost of your own food/drink

Open to: Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter members and…

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12 talks to watch this Earth Day

TED Blog

EarthPlanet Earth doesn’t exactly have a birthday. But every year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — the anniversary of the moment the environmental movement went mass.

According to EarthDay.org, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who called for a “national teach-in on the environment” after witnessing the terrible effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The first Earth Day brought major actions to the streets of many major U.S. Cities. For fun, check out this vintage newscast from after that first Earth Day.

Earth Day went global in 1990 and, today, is celebrated in an estimated 192 countries. Which makes today the perfect day to take time to appreciate the land, air, oceans and wildlife that sustain us — and to think about how our lives, both individually and as a group, affect the environment. To that end, here are 12…

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Workplace: where do sustainability students fit in?

One amazing thing about studying sustainability is that it can be applied to practically anything. Although it is often connected with environmental protection and conservation, sustainability also includes social and economic impacts. In fact, many companies adopt sustainability strategies to increase profits, and the environmental aspects become an added bonus.

As a result, once you graduate you get a wide range of areas to choose from – whether it is a corporate career, environmental activism, education or governmental institutions. To get a better sense of where students decide to go, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has been doing a yearly survey of its latest sustainability alumni 6 months after the graduation day. Below is the break-down by sector of the Class of 2011 Masters employment profile.

Where do Yale graduates work  (Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Employment Profiles and Salary Data. Class of 2011 Masters Employment Profiles and Salary Data)

Job DynamicsYale has now been doing this survey for 5 years, which provides an interesting dataset for comparison. It looks like the private sector is becoming increasingly attractive, at least to the Yale graduates. It has been on the rise since 2009 and is now employing 35% of recent graduates. The rate of students in the government jobs have been declining, while not-for-profit sector has remained roughly the same. Only in 2009 a higher rate of students found employment in the public sector or decided to continue their studies.

In terms of compensation, in 2012 a private sector job paid on average nearly 60% more then a non-profit one and 17% higher then a public sector job.

This data matches a bigger trend in business towards sustainability, both in Corporate America and in small and medium businesses. In the corporate world, there is an increasing number in senior level CSR positions. Before 2006, the VP title did not exist at all in CSR job postings; by 2009 almost 20 percent of CSR posts were for VP-level positions. Similarly, the first Chief Sustainability Officer position was created in 2004 (DuPont). In 2013 already 35 of large American corporations recognized the significance of sustainability at a strategic level, by creating a similar position within their C-suit. Read more… 

For smaller companies a big push towards sustainability came with the massive governmental clean tech investments during Obama’s first administration. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that there were 3.1 million green jobs in the United States in 2012. Today, there are 75,000 Americans employed in the wind energy business alone, compared with 81,000 coal miners.

Despite this recent success, however, the future does not look as certain. Nearly all clean tech segments in the United States are still reliant on subsidies and other supportive policies to gain an expanding foothold in today’s energy markets. Now, many of these subsidies and policies are poised to expire—with substantial implications for the clean tech industry. (Boom and bust of the clean tech report)

However, the future need not be glum. The biggest good news for the US renewables sector in 2013 was the 11th-hour extension of the PTC for wind power projects. There were fears that this specific piece of legislation could slip through the net as a much lower priority given the much broader challenge of preventing the country from tumbling over the “fiscal cliff.” Meanwhile, several authors from Breakthrough Institute, Brookings Institution and World Resources Institute reviewed current federal and state subsidy programs and suggested a way forward in their report “Beyond Boom and Bust”.

Grist

“I don’t see what all those environmentalists are worried about,” sneers your great uncle Joe. “Carbon dioxide is harmless, and great for plants!”

OK. Take a deep breath. If you’re not careful, comments like this can result in dinner-table screaming matches. Luckily, we have a secret weapon: A flowchart that will help you calmly slay even the most outlandish and annoying of climate-denying arguments:

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