Spreading the Benefits of Green Jobs Around the World
Submitted by: Bright Green Talent
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 – 04:51 PM EST
Jul. 16 /CSRwire/ - July 16, 2009 - Bright Green Talent (www.brightgreentalent.com), the leading search firm in the "green" sector, will provide a year's education for a child in Madagascar for every 50 resumes they receive from jobseekers. The company, founded in 2007 by social entrepreneurs out of Oxford and Stanford, is working to effect social and environmental progress by placing people into meaningful green careers. Bright Green Talent is based out of San Francisco and London, and offers job placement, advice, career coaching, and other resources to jobseekers who are looking to transfer their skills into the burgeoning green sector.
Given the recent political troubles in Madagascar and the vast natural resources that are being depleted on the island, Bright Green Talent has decided to spread its positive social impact by sponsoring education in order to help foster the country's next generation of environmental leaders. Bright Green Talent founder Tom Savage (who also founded Blue Ventures, an award-winning organization working in Madagascar), committed to supporting education after seeing first hand the issues around education and environmental stewardship in Madagascar. Bright Green Talent's donation provides 'scholarships' to help finance a teacher, food and accommodation for children from surrounding villages so they can study in Andavadoaka, an area in which many villages don't have a local school. These donations are vital to help educate the next generation of people living and working to protect the surrounding fragile coastal ecosystems in which they rely for their livelihoods; without financial support, many of these children would not receive any formal education.
Tom Savage says of Bright Green Talent's educational support program: "We're not just another green job board - we believe that brainpower and manpower are key to fighting the daunting environmental challenges of our time, and work every day to place people into green jobs where they can have a positive social and environmental impact. Yet we recognize the need to ensure that we provide 'Talent for a Bright Green Future' at each and every turn - not just in London or San Francisco, but in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Education - both about environmental issues and to promote economic security and development - is key to promoting stewardship of the world's natural resources."
Bright Green Talent already has a community of 8,000 jobseekers worldwide who have joined the organization in the hopes of finding meaningful and environmentally-responsible employment. The company hopes to use the resumes from this "resume drive" to be in a position better help companies find the right person to grow out their sustainability initiatives and operations. "Jobseeking can be a lonely, frustrating process," says Savage. "It's our hope that with this initiative, people can feel like they are doing good and contributing to a larger cause even just by looking for meaningful work, even if the don't find a job immediately. In the end, the environmental movement is all about the people behind it, and we want to connect, support and educate those people."
The company is based out of San Francisco and places people into jobs around the United States and Europe, primarily in renewable energy, green building, energy efficiency, sustainability consulting, non-profits, carbon finance, and CSR. The company also donates 1% of its gross revenue to Solar Richmond, a solar installation training program.
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Bright Green Talent (www.brightgreentalent.com), an environmentally-focused recruiting firm based out of San Francisco and London. The company, founded in 2007 by social entrepreneurs out of Oxford and Stanford, is working to effect social and environmental progress by placing people into meaningful green careers. Bright Green Talent offers job placement, advice, career coaching, and other resources to jobseekers who are looking to transfer their skills into the burgeoning green sector.
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