Green Education for Green Jobs

Community colleges like Coconino and Yavapai in Arizona and San Juan in New Mexico offer degrees in solar design and installation and energy-efficient building.

Graduates in these fields are just about guaranteed jobs. For instance, the nation will likely need more than 5,000 solar installers by 2015. [Check out]

Yet career advisers like Marie Kerpan, who founded Green Careers eight years ago, have mixed feelings about sustainability education, especially for green job seekers transitioning from other careers.

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“If they have a lot of fabulous experience that’s completely relevant, then I don’t see the need to go back to school,” Kerpan said. “If they don’t have a lot of credentials and they don’t have a lot of experience that’s relevant, then school can be a good idea.”

Program in Detroit schools teaches kids to care for their world

At 10, Denise Cabrales wants a greener planet.
Everyday before class she dutifully collects newspapers, magazines, cans and bottles from her house and lugs them to Logan Elementary School in southwest Detroit where she deposits them into a recycling bin.