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Green Jobs Now!

This group's purpose is to service & support the development of green collar jobs in Indiana. Actions like the Green Jobs Develop Act, hiring companies, resumes, job postings, supporting legislation, services, and related classifieds.

Website: http://www.GreenJobs.com
Location: Statewide
Members: 152
Latest Activity: Jan 21, 2016

"This green wave will lift all boats."

A green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy. Environmental green-collar workers (or Green Jobs) satisfy the demand for green development. Generally, they implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability. Formal environmental regulations as well as informal social expectations are pushing many firms to seek professionals with expertise with environmental, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy issues. They often seek to make their output more sustainable, and thus more favorable to public opinion, governmental regulation, and the Earth's ecology.

Green collar workers include professionals such as conservation movement workers, environmental consultants, environmental or biological systems engineers, green building architects, holistic passive solar building designers, solar energy and wind energy engineers and installers, nuclear engineers, green vehicle engineers, "green business" owners, green vehicle, organic farmers, environmental lawyers, ecology educators, and ecotechnology workers, and sales staff working with these services or products. Green collar workers also include vocational or trade-level workers: electricians who install solar panels, plumbers who install solar water heaters, construction workers who build energy-efficient green buildings and wind power farms, construction workers who weatherize buildings to make them more energy efficient, or other workers involved in clean, renewable, sustainable future energy development.

There is a growing movement to incorporate social responsibility within the green industries. A sustainable green economy simultaneously values the importance of natural resources and inclusive, equitable, and healthy opportunities for all communities.

In the context of the current economic crisis facing the US and the world, many experts now argue that a massive push to develop renewable sources of energy could create millions of new jobs and help the economy recover while simultaneously improving the environment and strengthening energy security.

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Now hiring Sales Professionals

Started by Greg Silcox Jun 8, 2010.

Carol Browner Interview White House Live

Started by Mrs. Cara Dafforn Jan 11, 2010.

Indiana's Director of Educational Training Programs

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Comment by Robby Slaughter on February 10, 2010 at 11:15am
Mrs. Dafforn suggested I reply to her comments on our blog post here.

Our post was inspired by a quote from a recent article in The Village Voice:

"Put simply: The declining number of us who are still working are working harder and getting more done, and being not being compensated accordingly. But you probably knew that."

Indeed, this is a common sentiment. It is not appropriate or ethical to ask employees to work longer hours without offering additional pay. It is unreasonable to change paying jobs into volunteer positions.

The phrase "doing more with less," however, does not necessarily mean abuse. It may also imply innovation. A vehicle that is more energy efficient "does more with less." A job which replaces resources and contributes to sustainability "does more with less." The entire history of human endeavor consists of coming up with creative ways to work smarter.

Our message is to everyone is work smarter, not harder.
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on February 9, 2010 at 8:05pm
Ask for more
Sympathy and a positive attitude don’t pay the mortgage or grocery bills. Concurrently taking on additional responsibilities without fair pay does not add jobs to the marketplace or extend your life. With 52% of the workforce being women, too many of us are not asking for our fair share. I am appealing to the keepers of the hearth when you come home late or give your weekend away. STOP! Your children are obese and our gardens are empty. Malnutrition is rampant and no one is tending the kitchen garden. I empathize with the women who get up to iron shirts to “Do more with less”. You are honored for squeezing the extra load of laundry and trimming the budget while doing without.

But ask yourself the question…who is benefiting when I work for free?
Demand a paycheck for your labors. Ask your partners for a deposit into your own bank account. Ask your employer for a raise when they give you more work. Define your own terms and become a contract employee.

14.3 million unemployed and more discouraged. Where are the green jobs or has all the "green" gone to the wallstreet. This forum has been active since January 18th. Plant a garden and have a tea party. Washington has to change and main street needs to wake up.
Comment by Ernest Rando on February 8, 2010 at 3:10pm
Just out of curiosity, I am looking for some part time work in administering Google Applications for businesses and/or organizations. i am quite familiar with how to Create Sites, Groups, integrate Docs, and enjoy the benefits of Gmail if a company desires.

Also i would add that if any one's company business could potentially be of interest to google then they should read this blog post from google and follwo the following news:
Today, we're announcing the first-ever round of Google Focused Rese... Awards — funding research in areas of study that are of key interest to Google as well as the research community. These awards, totaling $5.7 million, cover four areas: machine learning, the use of mobile phones as data collection devices for public health and environment monitoring, energy efficiency in computing, and privacy. These are all areas in which Google is already deeply invested, and yet there is a long way to go. We're excited to see what these projects contribute to the body of research in these important areas.
Comment by Falon French on September 30, 2009 at 4:48pm
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) just introduced the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009."

The bill has many provisions that activists like you have been pushing for--including reductions in old, dirty coal technology and carbon cuts that scientists say are necessary.

The Kerry-Boxer bill is a positive first step to kick off the climate debate in the Senate, but we have to defend the good provisions, to ensure fiscal responsibility, and to define a cap on global warming pollution.

Call your senators today--toll free--and tell them to support a bold climate and energy bill with steep cuts in global warming pollution and provisions that crack down on old, dirty coal power plants:




The next big challenge to passing strong climate and clean energy legislation will be keeping Big Oil and Dirty Coal from watering down or killing this bill. Please call your senators today!
Comment by Cary Allen Fields on September 23, 2009 at 10:52pm
Well Leah, you're not the only one! I'm afraid the hacker/spammer generally unscrupulous-types have gotten into one of our Yahoo! groups several times, too. Haven't figured-out any way to do but ignore it and go on yet.
Comment by Leah DiMaria on September 23, 2009 at 6:00pm
I'm very interested in this group,I'm just wondering why I got a message today from it that said "find your love on ..on Singles net" ??? dating site ,why am I getting spam msg. from here?? Not to mention that I'm not even single?
Hacker,or spammer,hmmm??
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 5, 2009 at 8:28am
Simple Steps to create your own "Green" Business

• Create a business plan. For many this is a difficult task. However, it is probably not as difficult as you think. You can search around the web for examples or shoot me an email and I can help you get a sample business plan to work from.

• Create a budget (this may be included in the business plan).

• Determine your capital needs (see your budget) and find the necessary financing to get the business up and running. For many start-up businesses, friends, family, home equity and your own checking account are often a significant source of their financing needs.

• Choose your business name and register it. Consider a trademark if you want to protect the name of your business.

• Open a company checking account. Contact the bank and make sure their requirements simple and their fees are low. I recommend contacting a local bank as they seem to work more closely with small businesses.

• Choose what type of legal entity you want to use; corporation, limited liability company, partnership or sole proprietorship.

• Determine if you need any federal, state or local licenses / permits.

• Obtain an Employer Identification Number. This may not be necessary if you are going to operate as a sole proprietorship and you have no employees.

• Obtain a sales tax number, if needed. This obviously depends on the product or service you plan on selling.

• Set up your record-keeping system. Your business will need to maintain adequate financial books and records. Small businesses often fail to devote the necessary time to this process and it comes back to haunt them in many ways; including on your taxes, payroll tax filings, obtaining credit from banks, etc.

• Choose a location for your business. A home office is very inexpensive to start and you will likely receive some tax benefits.

• Talk to your insurance agent and obtain adequate business coverage. Also consider your health insurance requirements.

• Create a marketing plan.

• Set up professional relationships. May be not at first, but over time you will need an attorney, a Certified Public Accountant, insurance agent and a banker.

• Obtain a business email address.

• Obtain your web domain and set up the website. If you have never set up a website, you might consider WYSIWYG software. It makes creating websites much easier and it only cost $40. Furthermore, you can try for free for 30 days.

• Find a mentor. SCORE is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to educating and assisting entrepreneurs on the growth of small businesses. They will team you up with a mentor to help you facilitate your business.
Comment by Cary Allen Fields on July 18, 2009 at 4:34pm
Thanks for posting lemonadeit.com, Cara. Niiiice!
We're about to file the 501(c)(3) and get the non-profit start-up we've always dreamed of up and rollin'. And at a time when (or so we're told) funding has dried up and it's going to be rough goin'. If it takes a little longer due to present conditions, so be it. At least we've started.
At a glance, this site appears to be an excellent resource.
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on July 18, 2009 at 1:52pm
Welcome to the unemployed club need some sound advice like;
Making Lemonade out of Lemon
Self Employed Health Plans
The "I Can't" Syndrome
If at First You Don't Succeed, Find Out How
How to Get Rid of Debt That Just Won't Budge
Changing Careers - Things to Remember
Comment by Ernest Rando on May 15, 2009 at 6:44pm
I am currently in the process of creatingmy personal Online Resume site. The Home Page can be found Here and if any one would like to send me a link to their online resume at greenerdog@gmail.com I would be more than willing to add the link onto the side nav bar of one of my pages. I regularly blog at The Green Karnyval and it would just tickle me pink if someone landed a job just from linking their online resume from one of my sites.

You can upload a PDF of your resume to your A Greener Indiana home page and send me the link in an email. I wish every one good luck, the amount of people that have been joining this group has inspired me to do something helpful and for that I am greatful.

Ernest Rando
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