Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Green jobs: News and job listings in Tampa Bay (and oil spill updates)

Posted by on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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Though I will be concentrating mainly on the subject of green jobs (see below), I'll certainly be commenting on other environmental issues that impact the Tampa Bay area as well.

The oil spill has definitely taken center stage as the predominant local environmental media issue over the last week.  There are a number of local environmental NGOs, like  Tampa BayWatch , that are mobilizing volunteers in case the spill washes up on area beaches, both on the Gulf and in the Bay.

Finally, here is an interesting interview with Dr. Dave Kersetter , from Nova University, about how the oil spill may affect fisheries.

Along the green jobs front:

  • There was a great op/ed in the Sunday St. Petersburg Times about mass transit in Florida. Pam Iorio also added in her thoughts on the matter. At a recent Pinellas Mass Transit Summit, it was brought up that area business leaders see mass transit as the number one issue to further economic growth in the region.  Economic growth fueled by smart transit planning is way for Tampa/St. Petersburg to make the leap out of the car-centric development that has become the norm.
  • There has been a study just released, by two Italian researchers stating that one green job results in the loss of five "real" jobs, due to heavy government subsidies.  I always cast the skeptical eye on these studies, especially since equating how government subsidies are applied in Europe is not the same as the US.  They also often fail to account for venture capital and private influence in many green jobs.  But since I have not read it, I can only go on what's been reported so far. I'll keep an eye on this story and I'll still be going to my green job, which has not resulted in the net loss of anyone's livelihood.
  • I'll be conducting a 60 minute panel discussion on green jobs in Florida on July 29th at the Florida Local Envrionmental Resource Agency conference.  I will be joined by Tim Center, from the Collins Center for Public Policy in Tally, and Peter Bartolotta from Vision NorthPort.
  • Finally some local green jobs listings that I came across this week: Environmental Scientist (a little farther in Palatka); Warehouse Supervisor for solar company in Lakeland; Project Assistant at environmental firm in Riverview; Senior Environmental Specialist for Tampa company; and a Project Scientist in Tampa.

Check back for news and updates on the green job front in Tampa Bay.

-Scott M. Deitche

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