Introducing Green Jobs and Green Careers

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					Green Jobs and Green Careers

Presented by the
UMaine Business School
Net Impact Chapter
Prof. Terry Porter
April 27, 2011
Why Business? Why US Business?
   “Of the world’s 100 largest economic
    entities, 51 are corporations and 49 are
    countries” (Institute for Policy Studies)
   “The U.S. produced approximately 33% of
    the world’s waste with 4.6% of the world’s
    population in 2004” (Miller 1998).
   “USA has the largest per capita footprint in
    the world –9.57 hectares. If everyone on the
    planet lived like an average American, we
    would need 5 planets to support us all”
Why Now?
 Global warming, resource depletion,
  poverty all increasing
 Increasing interdependence means that
  events in one part of the globe
  automatically affect events in other parts
 We need to lessen our impact, on the
  earth and on each other
The Opportunity
   93% of CEOs now believe sustainability will
    be critical to the future success of their
    companies (UN)
   80% of CEOs believe sustainability will be
    embedded in the core business strategies of
    most companies in the next 15 years (UN)
   Sustainability consulting is a “booming
    industry” that is expected to outpace all
    other small- and mid-size sectors in revenue
    and job growth in 2011 (The Wall St. Journal)
    Sustainable Business: "..Business activities
     that help meet the needs of the present
     without compromising the ability of
     future generations to meet their own
     needs." (UN: Brundtland Commission 1987)
             The Triple Bottom Line
   Businesses and development that are
    economically viable, socially acceptable, and
    deliver a net positive or neutral environmental
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    “A commitment to improve community
     well-being through discretionary business
     practices and contributions of corporate
Competitive Advantage
 Cost savings
 Waste reduction
 New products and product differentiation
 Supply chain management
 Reputation, goodwill
 Satisfy customer and activist demand
 Regulatory compliance, barriers to entry
 Crisis avoidance and mitigation
Where are the green jobs?
 They’re everywhere!
 Business has more power than any other
  institution to influence change in the
  status quo
 Every organization needs managers and
  business expertise
Four sources of green jobs


Non-Profits                Government

             Corporate and
        Mainstream business jobs I
   Direct--work for:
    ◦ Companies with CSR
    ◦ Sustainability Officer
    ◦ CSR Director
    ◦ VP of Corporate
                               Whole Foods Market
    ◦ Compliance Officer
                               Whole Trade Pineapple
    ◦ Volunteer Program
              Corporate and
        Mainstream business jobs II
   Indirect
    ◦ Companies with
      conventional missions
      seeking to improve
      sustainability footprint
    ◦ Change can be made
      from any department
    ◦ Operations, HRM,
      Supply chain
      management,                    Global
      Accounting and             Sustainability at
      reporting, Marketing            ESPN
      and brand management
           Corporate and
     Mainstream business jobs III
 Restructuring the global economy will create
  not only new jobs in current businesses and
 It will create whole new professions and
  specialties within professions. For example:
  ◦ Life Cycle Assessment Manager
  ◦ LEED Green Building Associate
Green jobs in government
   In Maine
Green jobs in not-for-profits
   Cause related organizations
    ◦ Maine Audubon
    ◦ Amnesty International
    ◦ Habitat for Humanity
Green opportunities for individuals
 Consulting
 Social entrepreneurship
    ◦ B-Corps
    ◦ Ashoka
Skills for green job seekers
 Educate yourself! Seek and follow your
 Talk with others who share your interests
 Define for yourself what sustainability
  means in business
 Be willing to be a self-starter and a
  trailblazer in challenging the status quo
Network, network, network!
   Join student and professional sustainability
    ◦   Net Impact
    ◦   UMaine Business School MBA track
    ◦   Maine Businesses for Sustainability
    ◦   Greenbiz
 Attend meetings and ask lots of questions
 Seek or create an internship
 Informational interviews: ask others what
  they do
  Final Thoughts

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