Green Economy: 7 Jobs That Could Be Green
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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With marketing, traditional jobs can be green jobs

Welcome to the first installation of the Green Insider on Every week you can check in here to get news, book reviews, advice, and resources for small businesses and professionals who want to positively impact climate change and their bottom line.

First up, let’s address the green economy. There has been a lot of talk about green-collar jobs. Last year, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided $500 million to the Department of Labor to fund training workers in “green” careers.  “People have been doing these jobs for years. It’s just a matter of how you market yourself so that customers will know,” says Phillip O’Neal, founder of Green DMV, a program that provides green job skills for low income communities. O’Neal spoke with and identified seven blue-collar jobs that, if marketed right, could increase the green in your services and in your wallet.

Plumbers — Plumbers play a critical part in reducing water usage in homes and buildings. As people update their homes and businesses to be more green, demand will increase for plumbers to install low flow faucets and toilets. A green plumber has all the tools he needs and can do everything that a regular plumber can without any additional certification or training. Check out a green plumbers workshop at the WaterSmart Innovations 2010 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 4-8, 2010.

Home builders Structural insulated panels provide an energy-efficient way for construction companies to build homes that are completely sealed. Each SIP panel has a five-inch layer of foam that almost eliminates the need for added insulation. The panels are manufactured, shipped to the building site, and used to build the home from scratch. Builders do not need certification to build SIP homes but they do need to be trained. For more information about building SIP homes, visit the Structural Insulated Panel Association or read the Builder’s Guide to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS).

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.