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Rio+20 Aimed for “Sustainable Energy for All”

  The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to drive economic development, improve living conditions, and protect the planet by meeting growing energy demands with renewable, environmentally responsible sources. Will Rio+20 be someday seen as the launchpad for these accomplishments or simply another missed opportunity? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon touted the new program at…

Nepal’s Mountain Villages Tap the Power of “Eternal Snows” With Micro-hydro

  Nepal’s soaring, snowy mountain peaks are a source of awe. They’re also a source of clean, life-altering power to the people who live in their shadows. The small Himalayan nation is promoting micro-hydro plants at the village level to produce renewable electricity, and green jobs, for citizens living far off the country’s limited power…

Is the Clock Ticking Towards U.S. Clean Tech Crash?

  The U.S. renewable energy industry may be heading towards a “clean tech cliff.” Three-quarters of the government incentive funds that have helped drive tremendous growth in industries like solar and wind are set to expire between now and 2014. For good or ill, the political decisions made between now and then will define a…

Uganda’s Household Farmers Become Organic Exporters

The market for organic food and drink is estimated at U.S.$50 billion and growing by IFOAM, the global organization of organic trade. While much of that product demand originates in wealthy developed nations, it creates opportunity for developing countries like Uganda to build a sustainable export business that protects natural resources while boosting the economy through the creation of long-term green jobs.

Leap of Faith Needed on Green Economy

RIO DE JANEIRO Delegates in Rio will need to take a leap of faith and agree on concepts like the green economy and sustainable development goals without really knowing what they involve, suggest experts on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Earth Summit. “The green economy is a black box right now. We don’t know what…

“Blue Jobs” Key to Future Fisheries

  There are a lot of fish in the sea. But their numbers are no match for growing human appetites and the ultra-efficient fisheries that have sprung up to feed our hunger. A shift towards “blue job” fisheries is urgently needed, experts say, if the oceans are to nourish future generations as they have in…

5 Biggest Challenges for Green Jobs

  We’ve written before about the benefits of green jobs, so you may be wondering, “How do I get one?” It’s true the green jobs sector is growing, but there are also a few challenges that need to be overcome to accelerate growth. These include: It’s the Economy In tough economic times there’s simply a…

Just What Is a Green Job Anyway?

  Green jobs are a hot topic in an era of high unemployment. But defining exactly what green jobs are, how they  can be created, and how they benefit the economy and environment presents quite a challenge. The Obama administration made green jobs an early focus and set a goal of creating some 5 million…

Women Workers Tap the Sun to Light Up Homes in Rural Bangladesh

  In the developing world green jobs can have a double-barreled impact; providing work and wages while tapping renewable energy technology to deliver “developed nation” services to people who desperately need them. These twin benefits are converging in Bangladesh, where female entrepreneurs are gaining economic independence as solar power contractors and providing life-changing electricity to…

5 Surprising Green Jobs

  At Growing Green Jobs, we recently looked at some of the hottest eco-friendly positions. Now, we take a look at some surprising green jobs that might not immediately come to mind, but can also help you do well by doing good. Green Financial Planners Financial professionals are often associated with a different type of…

5 Hot Green Jobs Available Today

  There’s been a lot of talk about green jobs over the past few years. Not all the hype has panned out, but there has also been real progress. The following are some of the hottest green jobs around: Solar Professionals The power of the sun is growing green jobs for installers, salespeople, and entrepreneurs…

Renewable Energy Saves Jobs

  By Ezra Drissman In a slow economy during a time when people are looking to save money, renewable energy can provide a dual solution.  The two biggest expenses for most businesses are labor and utilities.  What if a company could use clean energy technology to save on its second biggest cost? The logic in…

Detroit Can Revitalize Ailing Economy by Spurring Solar Jobs

  By Ezra Drissman With so many people out of work, bold and creative ideas are needed to revive floundering economies. This is particularly true in Detroit, where recent figures show some areas suffer from 14 percent unemployment. As an engineering hub and manufacturing powerhouse, Detroit has a chance to develop a solution that could…

Why Are Young, Educated Americans Going Back to the Farm?

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture. Powered by award-winning journalists, Turnstyle is a project of Youth Radio. By: Nelson Harvey I am a 25-year-old college graduate with a degree from a fairly prestigious eastern university, and I pull weeds for a living. At first…

Learning From Urban Farmer and Compost King Will Allen

Urban farming visionary Will Allen expands his services, growing even more healthy food in the concrete jungle. Two feet of compost, Allen says, is enough to turn asphalt into a cornfield. By Rachel Kaufman Grow, bloom, thrive: that’s Will Allen’s motto. Allen is the founder and director of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that helps…