GREEN JOBS: UA 1177

Instructor is Paul Glover, founder of Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, Ithaca HOURS local currency, Philly Orchard Project, author of Green Jobs Philly, Health Democracy, Hometown Money, and Los Angeles: A History of the Future. paulglover.org

We meet eight Mondays starting February 2, 2009 at Anderson 22, from 2:40-5:00pm


COURSE AIMS:
This is a course about your lives. We'll help focus your career interests and values, help get or create a green job, find your funding, learn green leadership, learn to promote environmental repair and to oppose economic/environmental injustice. "America's next economy will thrive by repairing damage from the rise and fall of heavy industry. New technologies and social organizations will make our lives healthier, easier and more secure. Learn how you can connect to ecological progress."

COURSEWORK:
Getting an A is easy. Do the following:

1 ATTEND EVERY CLASS or provide advance excuse. Participate in discussions.
2 Find TWO GREEN JOBS WEBSITES WEEKLY and write a weekly 200-word summary of each. Google "green jobs" + "agriculture" or "industry" or "housing" or "journalism" or "film" etc. The green job field is expanding so fast that your research will educate you, me, and the next classes.
3 Write about YOUR DREAM JOB (400 words) or videoblog it. Due by March 7.
4 Write a BOOK REPORT. 800-1,000 words. Due March 20. Select one of the following (they're available at discount via Amazon.com or are in local libraries or bookstores).
75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference
The Green Collar Economy
Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job>
Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living
Cradle to Cradle
Green to Gold
Building the Green Economy
The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy
Natural Capitalism
5 Perform a MINI-INTERNSHIP with any organization or business found at gpen.org or the Greater Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network directory. At least 4 hrs + 1/2 hr interview. Report (400-800 words). Need note signed by agency. Due March 30. Some examples of services you might provide: filing, cleaning, tabling, planting, maintain mailing list, website and/or brochure writing, research, grantwriting, meeting co-hosting, publicity, etc.

More extra credit: attend and report a meeting of the Sustainable Business Network or related community or governmental agencies (to be announced).

WEEK ONE: FEBRUARY 2:
Before our first meeting, please read current and back issues of Green Jobs Philly News
Bring $2.00 to first class to purchase my little book Green Jobs Philly. Extra credit: write a 600-word review containing constructive suggestions for the next edition.

We'll talk broadly about what's happening to the economy and why, consider job categories rising and job categories falling, labor and environment problems of city, suburb, farm. We'll review solutions. We'll discuss ideas of profit and progress.

WEEK TWO: FEBRUARY 9:
What are green jobs? General considerations. We'll focus on ENERGY, AGRICULTURE, CONSTRUCTION, HEALTH CARE, CULTURE

WEEK THREE: FEBRUARY 16:
More green jobs: FINANCE, INDUSTRY, SALES, TRANSIT, WATER, EDUCATION, REPAIR/REUSE/RECYCLE

WEEK FOUR: FEBRUARY 23:
Who creates jobs? Government, Wall Street, Main Street, Neighborhoods & You.

WEEK FIVE: MARCH 2:
How do we fund green jobs? Grants, loans, angels, networks.

WEEK SIX: MARCH 16:
Taking power: Everyone benefits from green jobs but there's institutional resistance. Why, and how is it overcome?

WEEK SEVEN: MARCH 23:
New niche markets and your business/nonprofit ideas.

WEEK EIGHT: MARCH 30:
Your dream job and your dream society.

Green Jobs websites

You're welcome to contact me any time: (215) 805-8330 * metroeco@temple.edu
My homepage is paulglover.org


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