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"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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Keen for Green Halloween Guide

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With Halloween around the corner, I just wanted to recap some of our older and newer green Halloween posts.  

First, don't forget that this Saturday is National Costume Swap Day!  It's not too late to find a swap near you.  Don't bother buying a new costume when you can find a cool one at a swap.... read more

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Keen for Green will be doing giveaways and contests on Facebook so if you're not already one of our fans, like us so you can keep up with the green and stay involved! We will also have discussion ideas posted so you can share your questions and comments! 

Ways to be a Green Runner

I just completed my 7th marathon, The Avenue of the Giants Marathon in Humbolt Redwoods State Park in Weott California. Staring up at amazing Redwood trees for 26.2 miles (when not watching out for pot holes), I never got bored - those tall trees, standing proud for so long are something everyone should stare at for 5 hours. After spending so much peaceful time with them (although, I guess not everyone would consider running a marathon "peaceful") I wondered how I can keep up my marathon running lifestyle in a green friendly way.

Here are some things I've found that any type of runner can do to lessen the impact:

1. Never litter while running, even during a marathon. I'll admit it's tempting to just throw your gel wrapper on the ground, but even during a marathon, try and find a trashcan. Or better yet, buy gel in larger quantities and refill your water belt containers.

2. Buy green friendly running products. If you are a running gear junkie like me, you'll be tempted to try all the latest products. To save money and lessen your negative impact on the environment at the same time, try and choose products from companies Atayne, they are committed to being green and offer running shirts that are made from recycled material.

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How to grasp a career in solar

There are reasons for 'green careers' optimism. In particular, the renewable energy economy sparks high interest and creates numerous opportunities for green jobs and career training paths. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on track. Existing and emerging businesses are investing even more. Photo by Swords to PlowsharesPhoto by Swords to Plowshares... read more

Green careers and how to move forward

As the green economy is developing, whether you want to move your green career ahead, or focus on greening your current career, many green economy experts agree that now is the time to learn about different green industries and companies, to buBackground image from marketing news magazineBackground image from marketing news magazineild and strengthen your green network, and do your homework.

Researching and exploring several target industries are important, as the time invested and the learnings will allow you to better understand what you want and will also help with the next steps you need to take.

Planning ahead and defining what you want to accomplish to reach your green career goals will help you know what to do next and how to better manage your time in your job search.

When opportunities arise, such as a networking event or a meeting, a class or training sessions you could take, or acting on contact or a job lead – assess whether each occasion might help you move toward your goals and if it’s worth your time.

One way to build your green network is to get involved with a green community organization, usually a non-profit, where you won’t only make a difference and contribute to your community, but also will provide you with many learning opportunities of your chosen green sectors, as well as will enhance your quality green contacts. Find other people who share your enthusiasm in particular environmental areas.... read more

Green test your home and save money!

How would your home or building perform on a Green test?

Buildings and homes rarely operate at peak performance. The sector of building and home efficiency audits,  a growing vocation in the San Francisco Bay Area and California, focuses on optimizing the comfort of buildings and houses occupants, money saving, along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving utilization of resources. Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.... read more

Another look at how to Green your Halloween

A scary piece of information: Americans spend over 3 billions of dollars on Halloween (statistics from 2006 and 2007)! This includes parties, candy, decorations, and, of course, costumes.

As our environmental and health awareness increases, we may want to choose alternative and greener ways to celebrate a fabulous Holiday, and also demonstrate to our friends and family how to be considerate to nature on Halloween.

Here are 5 unusual tips to Green your Halloween:... read more

Green your Holidays; Green your gifts

How to reduce usage of gift wraps? How about saving trees?

Learn about biodegradable dinnerware and other green suggestions for your festive.

And, of course, best ideas for Green Gift Giving!

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Attention parents: environmental education - When to start?

You may ask yourself ‘When should I start planning my green calling?’

What about your child's?

It’s not too early to plan a Green career path, even in high school!

Parents and teens, you may want to explore a Green academy on the Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Woodside High School in Woodside, CA, a public high school in the Sequoia Union High School District, is planning to launch a new Green and Clean program in a new building on its campus.The Green Academy, a state initiative, will focus on green careers, particularly in alternative energy, water conservation, landscaping, and building.

The Green Academy is geared to high school students in the district who want to go to college and need a head start and/or to those who prefer to join the workforce. There will be many opportunities for hands-on learning, including outdoor projects and trips. The new building will be “self-sufficient” and environmentally-conscience demonstration. The program will offer personalized instruction in smaller groups.... read more

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