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Green Review: Mills College, Oakland CA

 

Mills College Green

Mills College in Oakland California (California's East Bay Area) is totally Keen For Green.  Okay, I admit my bias: I am a proud alumna. And, yes, I said "alumna" not "alumnus," as Mills is a woman's college (well Undergrad, at least).  Mills offers several Bachelors Degrees which prepare women for a career in the green industry.  The first is a BS in Environmental Science which "is an interdisciplinary major focused on the application of scientific principles to the study of human interactions with the natural environment." It's a science degree, so it has a strong emphasis on biology, physics, and the like.  But it also explores the social impact of modern-day environmental causes.  Mills also offers a BA in Environmental Studies, which is essentially the inverse of BS in Environmental Sciences.  It requires a general understanding of the "hard" sciences" but has an overall focus on environmental ethics, public policy, and environmental restoration.... read more

Greenify Your Resume: Green Certificate Programs in Your Field

If your trying to spruce up your resume in order to work your way into the "Green" job market, one of the simplest things you can do is to obtain a certificate in your focus area.  This is less time- and money-intensive than a Bachelors or Masters degree (certificates usually consist of 1-5 courses), but still demonstrates to potential employers your knowledge of green partices in your field.  There are many programs to choose from. 

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How To Find a Green Job

Green Jobs

"My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process. We will invest in solar power, wind power and next generation biofuels. We will tap nuclear power, while making sure it's safe. And we will develop clean coal technologies."  - Barack Obama, November 18, 2008

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Online Green ("Sustainable") MBA Programs

Today's economic times are leading many of us to rethink our careers.  Green tech seems to be the future of the economy and an MBA in Sustainable Management seems like just the tool to catapult our careers in the right direction.  But spending two years in a classroom is just not feasible if your working, have kids, or don't live close to a program.  There are multiple Online ("distance learning") Green/Sustainable MBA programs, all of which vary in the focus , time spent in the classroom versus online, and time of completion.  Here's a summary:... read more

San Francisco Bay Area Green MBA Programs

As the field of green tech continues to grow, so does the need for qualified professionals.  At the same time, the field is becoming much more specified and a higher level of education is becoming necessary to succeed.  California's Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the surrounding Bay Area has always prided itself on being environmentally progressive and contains the largest concentration of green graduate programs.... read more

What is a Green MBA?

You might have heard about people going to school for a "Green MBA."  (Sometimes also called a "Sustainable MBA") 

A Green MBA program adds coursework of managing environmental and sustainability to traditional MBA programs.   A traditional MBA includes business-related coursework such as accounting, marketing, and human resources, and a Green MBA would also include courses on economic, environmental, and social sustainability, dubbed the Triple Bottom Line. ... read more

Green Book Club

Green Book Clubs

There has been some discussion of using ‘Green” books like the kindle or using the local library.  I have another perspective and that is the green book club. I think discussion with others is a great way to expand your knowledge of topics.   To help people better understand or to just grow in appreciation for the environment I would suggest a book club.  Instead of discussing the most recent fiction best seller why don’t we concentrate on sharing the knowledge of the world around us with our friends and neighbors and talk about a real life issue?

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The Future

I think teaching kids about "going green" is key to changing our future.  If we start young enough and get kids thinking about the environment around them the future could be brighter for our world.... read more

Common misconceptions about water

People believe there is enough fresh water and that all we need to do is ‘harvest’ it. We should remember that where water falls is not necessarily where people live or need it. Certain geographical areas have abundance, but we cannot utilize water everywhere, as usage depends on where people live, produce, and function. From opencage.com... read more

Green Book Review: The Blue Economy, by Gunter Pauli

The Blue Economy, 10 years, 100 innovations, 100 million jobs is a phenomenal book I have been reading lately by Gunter Pauli, founder of Ecover, and The Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives organization. The philosophy behind the book is the recognition and emulation of the interconnectedness of the five kingdoms of nature. Pauli presents an alternative economic system where human processes are modeled after natural systems, and work with nature, rather than against her. ... read more

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