Big Green Jobs Fair Planned In California

Let’s see: growing green sector amid a time of high unemployment. For job seekers in Northern California who are looking to take advantage of that equation but not exactly sure how to proceed, the Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair could be a good starting point. The fair is organized by the Green Jobs Network, a project of Green Economy Media in the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, where the event takes place from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Some 20 green-job related companies and organizations will be on hand to meet with and share insights with participants. The event, organizers said, “is designed to provide information, resources, and networking for job seekers and entrepreneurs interested in environmental or social responsibility.”

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There will also be three larger presentations: A session by Green Jobs Network founder and chief Leonard Adler that promises to provide “practical tips on identifying green jobs, including using niche green job boards, tapping into the ‘hidden green job market,’ and more”; a discussion, “Breaking into Green,” featuring human-resource professionals from the field; and a “Profiles in Entrepreneurship” panel featuring “success stories from the frontlines of social and environmental entrepreneurship.”

Advance tickets to the event – sponsored by green recruiter Redfish Technology and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cabrillo College – are sold out, but according to the organizers some will be made available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $30.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.