Here’s our latest roundup of the job news in the green economy:
- Do Environmental Regulations Kill Jobs or Create Them?: The E.P.A. and the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews all proposed federal regulations, have never used job figures as part of the calculus of the costs and benefits of rule-making, largely because there is no accepted methodology for assessing them. But on Tuesday, the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law said in a new report that despite the limitations of current methods of measuring job gains and losses, they should be considered when drawing up future environmental rules.
- The Best U.S. Cities For Finding A Job: 49 of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States reported an increase in the number of job openings in the past month. According to the Simply Hired April 2012 Employment Outlook, the Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., metropolitan area outpaced all other cities in job openings. The state of Florida continued to see increased growth, with four of the top 10 cities for job opening growth.
- 10 people who switched careers to do something sustainable: The recession has led to a whole lot of rethinking — of goals and even careers. Rather than wait for the ideal job (or any job) to come along, people are creating opportunities for themselves and even bringing others along with them. They’re following what they once thought of as Plan B — or even Plan C — and often acting on the impulse to give back to the planet without leaving home.
- A launch pad for green and clean entrepreneurs: Carrie Norton has harnessed her experience in start-ups and sustainability to launch Green Business Base Camp, a service aimed at giving aspiring entrepreneurs with green or cleantech ideas a crash course in the skills and insights needed to succeed. It starts with a four-day intensive in-person workshop, supplemented with online resources and continued mentoring. To do this, Norton has pulled together a network of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, thought leaders, corporate executives, and various others who will serve as teachers, mentors, and, potentially, investors in start-ups.
- Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future?: Across the United States, changes are afoot that are making smaller-scale energy generation make appealing. One of the major benefits of this localized power is that it enables us to take advantage of renewable resources that were previously out of reach. This is particularly true for hydroelectric power. In fact, without smaller scale generation, hydro doesn’t have much of a future at all.