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15 Best Green Tech Startups Have Jobs Galore–and Not Just for Green Specialists

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CNBC recently ran a feature on The 15 Best Green Tech Startups. The list was hand-picked by Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos, and represents his selection of companies in the green-tech field that are most likely to “make it.” Assuming that “making it” leads to hiring, we’ve taken the liberty of checking out each of the 15 companies and identifying positions with each.

As you’ll see if you scroll down the list, most of the positions aren’t “green” jobs at all. These aren’t firms seeking environmental engineers or carbon reduction gurus to lead them out of the wilderness. They are, for the most part, companies attempting to do what any other company does: make a profit and grow. They’re just seeking to do it from green technologies and alternative energy. As such, the people they’re seeking to recruit aren’t so much green specialists as business specialists. Bottom line: if you have legitimate skills and experience in your field–whether it’s accounting or project management–these firms want to hear from you.

So if you’re interested in a career with a firm that has a strong chance of going places in the coming years, you could do worse than peruse this list and check out some of the vacancies on offer. Please note that this list is far from exhaustive–most of these companies have more opportunities than we have listed, and are likely to be adding more as the weeks and months roll on. Check their websites for more details.

BrightSource Energy

Silver Spring Networks

Tesla Motors


Bloom Energy:

Enphase Energy:



Adura Technologies:



  • Consulting Services Manager
  • Product Marketing, Manager or Sr. Manager
  • Software Engineering Intern



“…the opportunity to contribute across the full range of the product, including CRM and process support, building modeling, solution recommendation and impact modeling, construction project management, and environmental monitoring.”


Laurus Energy

No openings on their website at this time.


No openings on their website at this time.

Posted by Phil Stott. Research by Alex Tuttle,

For more on green jobs and technology, check out In Good Company, Vault’s CSR blog, and your source for all things related to green careers.

Written by Phil Stott

April 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Earth Day Career Special: An Interview with Jeffrey Hollender

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Late last week, I reviewed Jeffrey Hollender’s latest book, The Responsibility Revolution, where I asked: Are you a Willing Outlier in a Changing Corporate Consciousness? Following on from that, I interviewed the author himself. We touched on a broad palette of questions, including: his latest book; Seventh Generation, the company he founded based on responsible business practices at a time when no one cared or knew what that even meant; CSR as an academic field of study; and his vision for the movement. Below are some of the highlights from our discussion.

The Responsibility Revolution

This book was a challenge to say, “Hey, we’re not doing good enough, and in many cases we’re failing to fulfill our responsibility. That it’s time for a revolution, and if not now, it may very well be too late to change the trajectory of many challenges we’re facing, whether it’s global climate change, fresh water, inequity between rich and poor, etc.,” and rather than focus the book on what’s wrong, we tried to be encouraging and more uplifting by telling stories of companies that are doing things right.

The CSR movement

The challenge we face is that corporate responsibility has yet to be embraced in a holistic systemic fashion. [We end up with] highly compartmentalized programs and initiatives, that in many respects don’t mitigate the continued negative impacts that business has. [For example,] Toyota makes a car like the Prius that is great from an environmental perspective, and then they go and lobby against higher mileage standards in California. They are then taking the position that yes, we want to reap the benefits of selling a green car, but we don’t want the auto industry as a whole to become more efficient and responsible. And this is symptomatic of what we [are] seeing in the market place.

EMC Chief Sustainability Officer Kathrin Winkler

Terminology: “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Corporate Responsibility” or “Corporate Sustainability”?

First of all, we try to remove the “S” from CSR whenever we speak about it, because this is not a social or an environmental issue. Corporate responsibility has to embrace holistically its impact and responsibility. The only concern I have about sustainability is that like adding the “social” to CSR, it tends to be viewed through an environmental lens, rather than a holistic lens. Sustainability really is a holistic systemic concept, but that’s not how most people understand it. So I say corporate responsibility, because at least, I’m not signaling that it is about social issues or just environmental issues.

CSR & the Oil industry: An Impossible paradox?

…we have to start looking at more aggressive changes to the tax and regulatory structure that will begin to incentivize the right kind of business industry. China is a great example. China invests as much money in alternative energy in one month, as the U.S. does in one year. They are investing at twelve times the rate that we are. And that will result in an accelerated change in the development of their industrial sector.

Government Regulation

If financial reporting is mandatory for all businesses, social and environmental reporting should also be mandatory.

Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Index

Wal-Mart's Sustainability Index

I recently spoke on a panel with the president of Wal-Mart Canada and was extremely impressed with the passion and commitment that the management team has, and the number of initiatives that they’re working on that they have yet to share publicly. I find that encouraging, and not just because they’re such a large company, but because of the influence they have over other companies.

Can Industries like Banking, Consulting & Law Ever Adopt Responsible Business Practices?

Unfortunately, they escape public view and thus can’t be impacted by the same pressure that comes from consumers and NPOs, and the hope is that responsible businesses, whether they’re a Seventh Generation or a Wal-Mart, will hold their business partners to the same standard as they hold businesses that provide them with products that are sold to consumers.

CSR: Will I get a job after an MBA in Sustainability?

We need to gather the collective voices of small and medium-sized businesses to counter the dominant voice that a handful of multinational corporations add to the chamber of commerce. That preserves an economy that is disconnected from what we need to make America successful and competitive in the future. Also, when we write job descriptions and incentive plans, sustainability metrics and objectives have to be baked into them so that people understand that a company is serious about ensuring that people focus on the issues. Sustainability is best practiced by integrating all perspectives and understanding how they function as a system.

Top 3 CSR concerns

Lack of real transparency…the compartmentalized approach to CSR…and absence of an understanding of a systems-based holistic way of thinking.

Seventh Generation

We look at responsibility and sustainability as something that must first be practiced internally, before it can be practiced externally with any authenticity. A green product does not make for a green company and a responsible product does not make for a responsible company. So the holistic look that we want to aspire to and apply to our products, we also try to apply to our internal corporate culture.

–Posted by Aman Singh Das, In Good Company

Read the complete interview: “Take the ‘S’ out of CSR”: Jeffrey Hollender On What’s Ahead for The Way We do Business

Five Upcoming Green Career Events You Can’t Miss

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Getting a job in the green economy means networking. After all people hire people, not resumes. When it comes to green conferences there are several upcoming events that I can’t wait to check out. If you want a green job, these are the events you should be attending. Not only will you learn a lot about going green, but you’ll make some great contacts to grow your green network.

1. Good Jobs Green Jobs

When: May 4-6, 2010
Where: Washington D.C.

This event is expected to attract almost 4,000 people and features several speakers from the federal government including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. The conference takes place over three days and feature several workshops and tracks centered on growing green jobs. Registration is $165 for two-and-a-half days of more than 100 workshops, the Green Innovation Expo (with dozens of companies) on May 5th, and Green Jobs Advocacy Day on May 6th. Click here to hear a podcast about this event.

2. Windpower 2010

When: May 23-26, 2010
Where: Dallas

Green Jobs

This is perhaps the biggest event to be held all year. According to their website, last year’s event drew 23,000 attendees and 1,280 exhibitors. Former President Bush is the featured speaker. After looking at the speaker and exhibitor list, anybody who is anyone is going to be there. Texas is the wind power capital of the U.S. (about 20 percent of the state’s power comes from wind). If you want to work in wind this is the conference for you.

3. The National Solar Conference

When: May 17-22, 2010
Where: Phoenix

Arizona is mad for solar so it’s no surprise this event takes place in Phoenix, organized by the American Solar Energy Society. According to the website the show is now in its 39th year, the SOLAR 2010 program will be developed by solar energy experts in all topical areas—technology, buildings, policy, professional education, workforce development and consumer education. Many sessions will offer continuing education credits for architects, installers, engineers, and more.

4. Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo

When: May 9-12, 2010
Where: Las Vegas

We all know that electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars are coming and this conference is the preview to that world. AF&V 2010 showcases natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel, propane, electricity, and hydrogen, and their companion vehicles. The Conference embraces advanced technologies that result in fuel efficiency, petroleum displacement and emissions improvements. Included are hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid technologies; blends, including hydrogen; fuel cells; and, idle-reduction devices. All of these are featured as part of the diverse program, Expo Hall and Ride-n-Drive.

5. Green Buildings NY

When: June 16-17, 2010
Where: New York, NY

Serving the world’s largest real estate market, GreenBuildingsNY educates building and design professionals on the latest innovations around green products, services and regulations. Over 500 vendors will be in the exhibit hall at the Javits center.

Visit the event section of for a complete list of 2010 green conferences.


—Chris Russell is a ten year veteran of the online job search business. His latest project is the search engine for green jobs.

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