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The Weekly Green: Juice for the Journey #12

photo by: Amy Gardner

Week 12

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. ~ Thomas Edison, 1931

Every generation has its sages and seers. Imagine what our world would be like if Edison had stuck around for another 20 or 30 years. In the last 70 years, we have made some progress towards harnessing the sun’s energy. If you were Edison today, where would you put your money?

More: Learn about the University Park Solar Co-op, the first of its kind in the U.S. These pioneers are paving the way for distributed energy that builds community and generates income.

Read the Weekly Green from Week 11 here.

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5 Green Job Opportunities for Recent Grads

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Guest post by Louise Baker of Zen College Life.

With so much time and effort being dedicated to creating sustainable energy sources, reducing carbon emissions, and replenishing endangered species, there are a wealth of jobs now available for socially conscious, career-minded college graduates.

1. Carbon Portfolio Management

Reducing carbon emissions has become an increasingly important task throughout the world. Many nations are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint by creating carbon reduction programs, such as the research and development of low emission motor vehicles. Carbon Portfolio Management is important to not only help nations and corporations maintain an environmentally friendly industrial complex, but also to guide them economically throughout their green revolution. Graduates with a degree in Economics or Environmental Science may want to investigate this increasingly popular occupation.

2. Solar Installation Supervisor

One source of sustainable energy is solar power. Solar power requires the efforts of countless engineers and technicians to bring this sustainable form of energy to places that now rely on conventional forms of energy production, such as coal burning plants and nuclear power plants. In order for these technicians and engineers to perform their task quickly and efficiently, supervisors are required. This is a great position for anyone with a degree in Engineering, a willingness to learn new techniques and procedures, and a desire to travel.

3. Green Reporter

Every revolution needs a voice, and the green revolution is no different. Environmental reporters have rapidly become valuable commodities for most media corporations. The flow of green information is constant and overwhelming, so reporters are needed to help manage that flow. Every major newspaper outlet in the world now has their own green reporters on staff. Magazines, television news programs, internet websites, they all employ green reporters. This is the perfect job for someone with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication or a degree in Environmental Science.

4. Green Mentor

With so many corporations, government agencies, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable existence, there is a growing market for green mentors, men and women with advanced knowledge of green practices and procedures and a willingness to share that knowledge. Through seminars and demonstrations, these experts teach people how to maintain a green lifestyle. This position would be a great fit for someone with a degree in Education or Environmental Science.

5. Resource Preservationist

Because of overdevelopment and lax environmental laws, much of our natural resources have been lost and continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Resource Preservationists are dedicated to reducing the consumption of natural resources and creating a greater balance between human beings and their environment. These individuals usually work closely with energy providers and national parks to preserve our dwindling resources. Anyone with a degree in Environmental Science or Engineering would be a perfect candidate for this position. (Editor’s note: there is a growing industry in environmental restoration as well. These firms restore damaged ecosystems, such as wetlands, stream banks, and forests.)

Louise Baker is a freelance writer. She currently writes about online schools for Zen College Life. She most recently wrote about the best online colleges.

Taking Sail

 photo of: Julie, Toby and Peter on Windspiel in 2007

This week, we are sailing on the Chesapeake Bay — for ten days! It’s a sort of moving camping trip, but with a real toilet (sorry — that’s "head").

Sailing is magical. There’s nothing cooler than cutting the engine once the sails are up. The silence is wonderful — then, you start to notice the sound of the water swooshing past the hull, cries of birds nesting atop the channel markers, and other sensory gifts not available when using the "iron genny" (aka, engine). This truly is solar power at its most generous.

I’m reminded of William McDonough ‘s 1993 speech at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in which he told a story about Emerson:

In the 1830s, when his wife died, he went to Europe on a sailboat and returned on a steamship. He remarked on the return voyage that he missed the "Aeolian connection." If we abstract this, he went over on a solar-powered recyclable vehicle operated by craftspersons, working in the open air, practicing ancient arts. He returned in a steel rust bucket, spilling oil on the water and smoke into the sky, operated by people in a black dungeon shoveling coal into the mouth of a boiler. Both ships are objects of the same design. Both are manifestations of human intention.

When you make decisions, how aware are you of your intentions? We are all about intention and awareness here are GOforChange. The first two weeks of the EcoBlueprint Home Study course dig into this deeply. We have two new programs coming as well! Join me on a F*R*E*E phonecall to hear more: Friday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

I’m writing this post the day before our trip, with some nervousness because the forecast calls for big winds tomorrow, out of the south, which is exactly where we are headed. *Sigh* Guess we’ll be spending the day on our ear, tacking our way down the Bay. Time to get out the ginger root!

Since sailing is such a treat for the senses, I’m moved to share this poem I recently came across. It was written lovingly on the chalkboard at the wonderful Dogwood Cafe at the Women’s Industrial Exchange (a Baltimore landmark of self-sufficiency for women artisans). Since Mary Oliver is one my all-time faves, I had to copy it down. (follow this! your heart will thank you!) Continued

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