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Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: GRI, American Airlines, EPA, Ameripen, USGBC, Ecotality

Global Reporting Initiative: The organization has appointed Herman Mulder (pictured) as chairman of the board. Mulder is a former senior executive vice-president at ABN AMRO. He was appointed vice-chairman following the departure of Professor Mervyn King in October 2011, and has been acting chairman in the interim period. GRI has now … Read more »

Millions of Sustainability Jobs? In Your Dreams

A Google search for “millions of green jobs” yields 380,000 references. Every week there’s another report showing how, if the US plays its public policy cards right, we’ll soon be producing most of our energy from “clean,” renewable wind and solar sources, driving around in electric cars that will deliver … Read more »

Loosening Oil and Gas Regs Could Create 1.4m Jobs, API Says

Loosening Oil and Gas Regs Could Create 1.4m Jobs, API Says

A reversal of current policy could increase daily oil and natural gas production by 10 million barrels by 2030, while creating 1.4 million U.S. jobs and adding $800 billion to government revenue, according to a study sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute. The report, U.S. Supply Forecast and Potential Jobs … Read more »

Carbon Professionals’ Salaries Rise Worldwide

Carbon Professionals’ Salaries Rise Worldwide

Average salaries of carbon and climate change professionals were up four percent last year, according to a survey out today, but the proportion of participants with North American headquarters fell by seven percentage points. Story amended – see correction below. The 2010 Carbon Salary Survey, conducted by recruitment agency Acre … Read more »

VP-level CSR Jobs Up, Even as All Postings Fell 68% From Q3 08 to Q3 09

Job postings related to corporate social responsibility tumbled 68 percent from the third quarter of 2008 to 2009, according to a recent report. But behind the numbers is a rising trend of executive-level job postings such as vice president and other senior positions such as director, according to Sustainability Recruiting’s … Read more »

Solar Industry Fights Arizona Bill That Favors Nuclear, Hydro

SolarCity, Kyocera Solar and Suntech Power Holdings, together with other solar energy providers, are opposed to Arizona House Bill 2701 (HB 2701) stating it would jeopardize Arizona’s renewable energy industry by allowing nuclear and hydroelectric power to meet RES requirements and by setting up a more burdensome regulatory scheme. HB … Read more »

‘Green Building’ Jobs Rise Meteorically

‘Green Building’ Jobs Rise Meteorically

Starting in July of 2008 the percentage of available jobs related to green building has taken off dramatically and shows no sign of slowing. This chart from Indeed.com shows the percentage of job postings that contain the term “green building.” “The trend for ‘green building’ shows a stark rise in … Read more »

Climate Bill Needs to Drive Investment in Energy Efficiency

Climate legislation that encourages energy-saving investments will create millions of jobs, save U.S. consumers billions on monthly energy bills, and spur innovation, according to a report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report also evaluates the long-term economic impacts of cap-and-trade legislation. The report, Climate Change … Read more »

DOE to Fund Large-Scale Renewables Transmission in Montana

Businesses in Western states should find it easier to purchase renewable energy in the future. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is financing a large-scale transmission project between Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta, with the goal of bringing new jobs and expanding renewable energy production to the western region … Read more »

$500B Plan for U.S. Green Building Retrofits Touted

$500B Plan for U.S. Green Building Retrofits Touted

The United States can build a low-carbon economy by retrofitting existing homes and businesses for energy efficiency, which would reduce waste and pollution, jumpstart an economic recovery, create good jobs and deliver energy cost savings, while reducing global warming, according to a new report. The report is calling on Congress … Read more »

EU 20% Renewable Energy Target Can Deliver 2.8 Million Jobs

EU 20% Renewable Energy Target Can Deliver 2.8 Million Jobs

Reaching the 20 percent renewable energy source (RES) target in 2020 is expected to deliver approximately 2.8 million jobs in the renewable energy sector and generate about 1.1 percent of European GDP, according to a new European Commission study. “This shows that benefits of renewables in terms of security of … Read more »