Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Research Your Way to a Green Job

I recently read Green Career Central’s excellent recommendations for building a target list of green companies. If you are interested in researching green jobs, check out Green Career Central founder Carol McClelland’s suggestions below.

1) Newsweek Green Company Rankings – Click on the headings to sort the data based on any of the following categories: Rank, company, country, industry sector, green score, environmental impact score, environmental management, and disclosure. Reading about the methodology will help you understand the meaning of the various scores.
a. Top 500 US Green Companies
b. 15 Greenest Companies
c. Top 500 Global Green Companies

2) GreenBiz.com’s State of Green Biz 2011 Report – This report that summarizes the most important trends of the previous year is released every February. Each section of the report highlights key companies making significant progress. Highly recommend reading this report from cover to cover to get a sense of the green economy in general while also scanning the appropriate sections of the report for possible companies.

3) Certified B Corps – A new legal structure is gaining traction in the US. According to the website, B Corps use “the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.” You can check out the 476 companies that are currently B Corps. Use the tabs on this page to slice and dice the data by industry, state, affiliations, and impact. Click on a map for a visual representation of where these companies are located.

4) Climate Counts – This site helps consumers understand how companies in various sectors stack up when it comes to combating climate change. This report is helpful to see which companies are just starting their efforts and which companies are making progress within a particular industry sector. Their latest data are to be released today, December 7, 2011.

5) State Report – Check out this list of green companies in Oregon.

6) Product Report – In some cases you can glean valuable information about which companies are green by seeing how the companies’ products stack up. In the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics you’ll learn some interesting information about how green (or not green) a variety of electronics companies are.