Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction
Let’s face it: Garbage is bad for the environment, which means it’s bad for us. When we throw stuff out, it ends up in landfills and in our waterways—in our oceans, rivers and lakes. It creates all kinds of problems.
Natural Resources/Water, Land and Wildlife Conservation
Our natural resources are the things all life on earth depend on—our lands, our forests and open spaces, our oceans, our lakes, rivers and streams, and our wildlife. (For more about how that all works, click here.)
What are green jobs? And how do you find them?
Those are questions many people who use the Queens Library ask. The Library has set out to answer them in this Green Jobs Guide.
Internships are on-the-job training programs for students and recent graduates. Some internships are paid; others are not. For more about federal rules that govern whether interns must be paid, click here. These short-term positions help you learn more about the fields you’re interested in and make professional connections that can advance your career.
GED/High School Diploma
Having only a high school diploma or a GED can often make it hard to get a good job. So can poverty, abuse and incarceration.
Luckily, there are programs that can help people in these situations get a leg up. Some of these programs are called green-job training programs. They teach the entry-level jobs skills and the life skills you need to succeed in the growing green economy. These training programs can’t guarantee you a job. But many of them help their trainees find jobs, using placement programs and other follow-up services.
Graduate school is schooling you do after finishing college. It’s a great way to prepare for a job that helps the environment. Graduate school can teach you the high-level skills you need for many green jobs; it helps you get a job and earn more money, too.
Environmental protection and remediation are two sides of the same coin.
Remediation fixes parts of our environment that have been damaged. That means cleaning up a polluted piece of land or a waterway where dangerous industrial chemicals have been dumped, for example, or restoring a forest that has been logged illegally. Sometimes, it can mean rushing to stop an oil or chemical spill and then getting involved in the long process of cleaning up the damage to fish, wildlife, land and water.