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5 Fastest Growing Green Jobs that everyone ought to Know

5 Fastest Growing Green Jobs that everyone ought to Know

Most companies today are marketing their products emphasizing the benefits of the environment. The green economy is growing, and so, you must be aware of the fastest growing green jobs that are on the rise.

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Top Paying Green Jobs for Environmental Professionals

Top Paying Green Jobs for Environmental Professionals

Looking for a job in the environmental field? If you have an environmental study background or want to be a part of the green movement of today, you might consider applying for some of these top paying environmental professionals’ jobs.

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Environmental Science Sustainability and Global Impacts

Environmental Science Sustainability and Global Impacts

Science and technology have been a major part of human development and evolution ever since mankind started using their intelligence and manipulating the environment to their advantage. The very first inventions by human beings were meant to make their lives easier through the discovery of fire and the wheel. Human beings started making tools for hunting, agriculture, and weapons for protection against wildlife and also for shelter and comfort with the resources available around them. Human civilization has come a long way since the early man stage and now we have developed into complex intelligent beings.

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Prospects Of Environmental Science Profession & Environmental Studies

Prospects Of Environmental Science Profession & Environmental Studies

There have been various indications from many of the federal government agencies, including Dept. of Employment, Education and workplace relations that the job prospects in the environmental industry will increase in the next few years. Statistical data suggests that environmental scientists will be in higher demand and the jobs will grow strongly during the 2014-2017 period in the environmental science profession.


Environmental scientists’ facts

Looking back to 2000-2010, we see a trend in growth of employment in this occupation and the trend continues in the next decade. The data also shows that environmental scientists have a higher percentage of holding full time jobs above the average proportion of about 84%. The unemployment rates are below average, with earnings ratio above average working about 38.0 hours weekly.

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Need for environmental scientists

The need for environmental scientists is more relevant today than ever before. They are required across a number of different industries including Technical Professional, And Scientific Services; Safety and Public Administration Services, Gas, Water, Electricity, Electrical Appliances, Waste Management Services, Art and Entertainment, Recreation Facilities, automobile industry, electronics, and many more. There are a 5.9% of new job vacancies for environmental scientists each year.

What makes the environmental scientist job favorable

environmental professionals networkEnvironmental scientists are needed across many industries today. The mix of several industries makes the employment of environmental scientists favorable for growth in job prospects. The fastest growing job sector in the near future will be in the education, healthcare, and professional services. The healthcare services will concentrate on home health care and management or technical services of healthcare. The environmental professionals will provide consultancy for several industries through the knowledge of biology, physics and chemistry to provide solutions for the environmental problems, public health concerns, waste management, air and water pollution, and so on. The job of the environmental scientists is to address global environmental issues and to minimize the negative global impacts worldwide.

Job options for environmental scientists

There were about 47,000 jobs held by environmental engineers in 2002. About 15,000 of them worked for local, State, or Federal government agencies. More than half the environmental scientists worked in scientific, technical and professional services. A good number of environmental professionals are also needed in various manufacturing industries. A degree in environmental science gives you the essential skills that could avail you a job in the sector of environment or a range of other occupations.

Jobs directly related to environmental science:

environmental professionals network• Environmental consultant
• Environmental education officer
• Environmental manager
• Nature conservation officer
• Recycling officer
• Waste management officer
• Water quality scientist
• Environmental health practitioner
• Landscape architect
• Town planner
• Toxicologist
• Transport planner

The job opportunities for the environmental professionals are expected to increase more rapidly in the next decade. The increased demand for environmental scientists will be due to the surfacing of this occupation as a widely recognized field of specialized engineering. More environmental engineers will be needed to develop, enforce and comply with government regulations and also to clean the existing environmental hazards and concerns.

Expected earnings for environmental scientists

In 2000 the average median yearly earning for an environmental scientist was around $62,000. The high earning range was $91,000, and the low 10% made 38,000 a year. According to the 2003 survey, the average offer for an environmental engineer start at $45,000 yearly. This salary range may vary from location to location and also with date.


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EPN Phase – 1 Site Assessment And The Report Process

EPN Phase – 1 Site Assessment And The Report Process

EPN – A brief introduction

Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) was founded in the northern Colorado in 2013 by a team of environmental professionals, who sensed a shift in the paradigm of the environmental industry. They also felt that it was right time to form a new environmental professional group to meet the requirements of the growing industry, which was rapidly evolving with the global changes and the latest growth in technology.

The team began with a noticeably diverse group of environmental professionals, who shared the same passion about the industry, including expert and highly experienced environmentalists as well as relatively younger and aspiring professionals. However, they all had the same goal in mind, and that was to build a platform for the environmental professionals who would build a successful and sustainable business.

One of the founder members of the team, Dr. Wayne Dorband, has been an environmentalist for over 35 years. He, as a young Ph. D professor sknox-waybur-update-2437159-htarted the environmental studies program at Augustana College, when this course of study was very rare among other institutions. Today, hundreds and thousands of students around the world graduate with environmental protection degree.


About the “EPN Phase 1 Interview”

In this video interview, Dr. Wayne Dorband  about various aspects of the phase -1 assessment process by answering several questions of Justin Lichter, one of  the principals of the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN). Through these questions, many important issues related to the phase 1 assessment become clear. Questions related to the ASTM standards and guidelines, how are they changed and many more. Many of these questions are very common among most property owners or even young environmentalists who are new to the industry. Through these questions, Dr. Dorband explains in clear terms, why would someone need a phase -1 assessment, what guidelines to follow, what to looking for before and during an inspection, and what goes on in the report after visiting a property and  making an assessment.

What is a phase 1 site assessment process?

The Phase -1 Environmental Site Assessment, which is also referred to as Phase -1 ESA, is a report given by an environmental assessors, which summarizes the condition in which the property and the surrounding area is in, based on his visit and inspection. It describes if the condition of the property, if there are any potential environmental hazards or risks associated with the identified property, and if it requires any further investigation or assessments to fully understand the potential risks.


Why is a phase 1 site assessment needed?

Phase 1 site assessment was traditionally contracted by banks or lending agencies when a lending or financing was involved. The purpose of the assessment was to protect the banks from being involved in any financial agreements with a piece of contaminated property, and they wanted to make sure that property in question was safe from environmental risks.


The purpose of phase 1 assessments

Today, phase 1 assessment is an essential part of any property transaction associated with industrial or commercial property. The purpose of the phase 1 assessment is to carry out a systematic consistent method which may identify any environmental conditions that the piece of property may be in or may affect any property under scrutiny.


The components of a phase 1 ESA

Record and review before the inspection:  By doing a researchon the property before the inspections, an environmentalist is actually be able to prepare himself to better manage his time and be more efficient during the inspection. An interview with the property owners or anyone involved with the property is also vital before the phase 1 inspection. Any kind of information including advertisement materials, a website, a brochure or catalog being used for the advertisement for the property might help to make the assessment.

EPN Phase 1Most of the records and documents are available from the property owners and clients and that is the first place an environmentalist should start gathering information from. Some governmental agencies and commercial entities who sell this information may also provide you with what you need. By reviewing the records of the past titles, an environmentalist will try to figure out what the property was being used for in the past. It also helps the environmentalist to figure out if the surrounding area was safe from contamination, if it was used by any agencies like fire department and so forth in the past. The timeline in which the property was built also plays an important role.

Site inspection:  When visiting a site, an assessor is looking for potential risks for the client. It is very important to use personal judgments while inspecting a site visually. There are several aspects of the building that the assessor may look. They are as follows:


REC –Recognized Environmental Condition

These are the elements that an environmentalist can see visually by visiting a site. Most of the elements are associated with the building materials that affect the site including the soils, ground water and surface water on the property and the surrounding or from the adjacent property.


Some of the major concerns are given below.

1. Asbestos: should it be a concern?EPN Inspection

If the property was built prior to the 1980s, it is more than likely to contain asbestos of some sort. It could be on any kinds of coating or surface such as walls, ceilings, siding or flooring. Asbestos could also be on thermal insulation such as pipes, boilers; and so on, anything that has to do with heat absorbing or insulating the house. Any masking materials such as caulking or any adhesive materials could also be potentially dangerous. Mostly, stuff that are exposed or could be exposed if there were any renovations done on the building, including roofing materials such as flashing or roofing materials themselves.  However, containing asbestos does not always make the property hazardous. The asbestos would only be dangerous if it was friable or brittle or breaking apart.

2. Lead: is lead a major hazard to environment?

Lead is not a major concern if the materials containing lead are not deteriorating. Most of the older buildings, built before the 1980s, used lead as a soldering material on pipes. So if the building has a lot of pipes especially pipes of drinking water or waiter fountains containing lead joints that would be a concern.  However, the major concern would be if there were any signs of peeling paints or broken pipes with lead. Any structure that is intact or concealed does not concern the assessor.

3.  Mold: is mold a concern for phase 1?

If a building has obvious signs of mildew buildup, it is possible signs of water damage, and should be investigated further.

 4. Should Electrical equipments major issue?

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Old electrical equipments or any motor like equipments could be a concern if there are indications of oil leakage. PCBs were widely used in the dielectric and coolant fluids prior to 1980s, so if motor containing equipment such as a power generator, transformer or elevator has leakage, there could be potential risk of BCBs.

5. Can Redon be a problem?

Radon and any other radioactive material would be a great concern for environmentalists if the area where the property is located is in the radon alert zone. The government documents can help you to determine whether the property is in the danger area. The EPA database characterizes the potential danger areas of every county in the United States, so it is important to follow the EPA guidelines. Radon is only a problem if it is coming into the building from the soil below, therefore if a building is located in the radon risk area that has a basement; it is something to be mentioned in the phase 1 reports.

It requires knowledge and experience to become an expert assessor, to know which specific areas to look for and to find suspicious materials. The EPN is going to provide a checklist for environmentalists to go through, making sure that everything is covered.


ASTM Standards assessment

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ASTM or the American Standard Testing Methods is an organization formed to create standards for different kinds of testing. In 1990, ASTM looked at the assessment process and they decided that there has to be a standardized process on a nationwide basis. Dr. Wayne Dorban, the founder of EPN was asked to be on the committee which put together the standards. The ASTM standards have changed the way the phase 1 assessments were done. They are a lot more precise and accurate and systematic process.

ASTM sets the guidelines which environmental professionals can use

The standards of the phase 1 testing were guidelines or recommended protocol for conducting a phase 1 testing by any environmental professional nationwide. These guidelines are very important for any environmentalists to follow because all the major entities and businesses, including the US Justice Departments agree that if a phase 1 was not done in compliance with these standard guidelines, it would not be acceptable. So being in compliance with the ASTM would meet both the requirements of lenders, government agencies and they would also meet the legal standards.


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