The Green Careers Resource Guide
began in 2007 as a free electronic document for career and workforce development professionals. Before long, however, it was being used by thousands of students, job seekers and career explorers who were interested in finding environmentally responsible work to match their green values.
As I suggested in the original resource guide, one doesn’t have to be an environmental activist to be interested in a green career! On the contrary, one only needs to be interested in work that involves preserving, protecting or improving the environment. Of course, that takes many shapes and forms.
In 2009, Alice Rush
and I co-authored Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future
(New Society Publishers). Most people were surprised to learn that the Green Careers book was not duplicative of the resource guide. In fact, more than 90% of the book's content is profiles of real people who work in green careers, along with profiles of about 100 different career fields. That’s content that you can’t find anywhere for free, including in the resource guide.
As the resource guide continued to grow, I developed the greenoccupedia website (in 2010) as a website version of the resource guide. Then two years passed without an update to the resource guide. That brings us to 2012 and - finally! - a new version of both the greenoccupedia website and the Green Careers Resource Guide
New content includes an outline of the top green job sectors, important terms and concepts, education and training choices, green job search tools, and an updated resource directory. If I have left out one of your favorite green job/career resources, please let me know! I welcome feedback. Please also keep in mind, however, that these are nationwide resources and thus I generally do not include local/regional resources.
The difference between the greenoccupedia website and the resource guide?
It's basically the same content except for two things: one, the website will reflect new and updated content first; and two, the website includes articles that were not included in the resource guide.