“Green Jobs” shows benefits of eco-careers

Because of the high demands for saving the environment, Sam Houston State Director of Career Services Pam Laughlin presented the “Green Jobs, Green Careers” Expo in the Lowman Student Center with hopes of raising awareness on how to think globally and have a career at the same time.

The event presented potential green jobs for the future and showed how these jobs will benefit the planet for students curious about potential career opportunities in the new and innovative field.

The event was geared not only toward students and environmentalists, but also to returning SHSU alumni, and unemployed, unskilled workers.

“It’s a pardoned shift over in our employment needs and the students can be prepared for the job market,” Laughlin said. “It not only benefits students in environmental science, biology and chemistry, but also students majoring in other fields as well.”

About 35 students attended the Career Expo and the next Green Careers Expo is scheduled for some time in the spring semester of 2009.

With public awareness about environmental issues growing each year, the government has also gotten involved with incentives to help Americans transition into the newly-emerging sector. The Green Jobs Act of 2007 was introduced by Representatives Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and John Tierney (D-Mass.) to help establish job training that helps slow down the hazards of global warming and create energy efficient jobs. The act, which was signed by President Bush in late 2007, provides a budget of $125 million a year to help create jobs and address the shortages that are impairing growth in green industries.

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