Career Advice and Books

As a resource for job seekers this is a list of books that have been recently published on the subject of careers in the green or sustainability sectors. To suggest an addition for this page, please contact us.

  • Work Like Nature: Sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business (Lea Elliott, 2016)
    • Excerpt – These ecosystem ideas are illustrated through inspiring stories from Vancouver-area green innovators. See how these bright thinkers from a variety of disciplines work like nature to benefit the environment and, surprisingly, to win at their job or business.
  • Why Green is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career (US Department of Labor, 2012)
    • Excerpt – “Many occupations in the clean energy economy remain virtually untapped by women,” said Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. To address this challenge, the Women’s Bureau, the only federal agency designated to represent the needs of working women, has released a comprehensive guide to preparing, finding, and succeeding in green jobs.
  • Paint Your Career Green: Get a Green Job Without Starting Over (Stan Schatt and Michele Lobl, 2011)
    • Excerpt – Paint Your Career Green is the only book that offers practical advice on how readers can transition rapidly to green careers. It specifically reveals how readers can take advantage of green social networking sites as well as identify the minimal number of green courses necessary to validate themselves. The book provides practical advice on how to manage finances while going through the career changing process and provides a roadmap for people who want to avoid starting over or taking a severe salary cut when they change careers and become part of a growing green industry.
  • Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them (Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, 2011)
    • Excerpt – As the American green economy picks up momentum, what industries are being transformed for long-term sustainability? What opportunities await you as you begin your college career, business career or your career transition? Which businesses are leading the transformation? What role is the Latino business community playing in this transformation and how can you join them? Who will be growing and hiring for years to come? How can you best position yourself to join the great green American wave? This book takes you inside organizations where real, long-term sustainable practices and innovations are happening today. It spotlights the Latinos and Latinas leading these companies, innovating new ideas and technologies to retool America’s energy grid, lighting systems, commercial printing, communication infrastructure and much more.American Latinos have a historical and cultural bias to conserve and reuse resources. It’s no wonder that today Latinos are at the forefront of many sustainable initiatives. Unfortunately, the average American employee and the mainstream American media have absolutely no idea of these innovations, contributions and opportunities. It’s time to change the conversation.
  • Smart Solar Sales: Affordable Training for the Aspiring Solar Energy Professional (Spike Andrews, 2011)
    • Excerpt – A revised 2017 edition of this book has been released. It is called Solar Sales Basics. This original info-packed book is designed to propel an aspiring solar-professional into the burgeoning Green-Energy industry. It trains a novice to be a knowledgeable sales professional (not a technician) and find a Green Job. It was written by a solar professional with the help of licensed contractors and engineers. SSS has been used to teach sales teams across America and is a low cost alternative to high-priced solar training schools. The book teaches about solar efficiency, solar panel types, photovoltaics and solar thermal concepts.
  • Green Careers For Dummies (Carol L. McClelland, 2010)
    • Excerpt – As you look for ways to contribute positively to the global economic and environmental crisis, getting an eco-friendly job provides a two-prong solution. Green Careers For Dummies, a 2010 Green book Festival award winner, introduces you to the wealth of opportunities in the rapidly expanding sustainable career genre.
  • Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future (Jim Cassio, Alice Rush, 2009)
    • Excerpt – People of all ages and backgrounds are seeking work in career fields that will help save the planet, yet many people are unaware of the variety of green careers available. This unique career guidance book, based on labor market research, covers green jobs representing almost every area of career interest.
  • Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job (Gregory McNamee, 2008)
    • Excerpt – Numerous job opportunities await in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. Grab this handy book and discover how green energy can be a part of your future. Job sectors include solar and wind energy, biofuels, hydrogen energy and fuel cells, geothermal energy, hydro energy, green building, climate study, energy management and efficiency, and much more. Various jobs within each sector (engineering and technical positions, project management, R&D and sales/marketing) are discussed, and the appendix is loaded with resource materials for further education and training, professional associations, reference Web sites and more.
  • Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment (A. Bronwyn Llewellyn, 2008)
    • Excerpt – How Green is Your Paycheck? You’re interested in going green and, lucky for you, the opportunities for environmentally skilled workers are skyrocketing. Green Jobs will help you find a job you like- and that’s make the world a better place. This one-of-a-kind handbook shows you how to: > Get up to date on the green movement’s latest trends > Choose a career that’s good for the environment- and for you! > Go for extra training, if needed > Learn about the exciting advantages of “green collar” employment Going green just isn’t about recycling anymore. With this comprehensive guide, you can be sure to find the job of your dreams- and sleep better at night!
  • The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems (Van Jones, 2008)
    • Excerpt – Now revised and updated, Van Jones’s provocative and cutting edge New York Times bestseller The Green Collar Economy delivers a viable plan for solving the two biggest issues facing the country today—the economy and the environment.