Green Jobs’  Legislation Raises NIPSCO Ire (Northern Indiana) – Labor unions and environmentalists were elated last Thursday about the potential for new “green jobs” for steel workers after an Indiana House committee passed a comprehensive renewable energy bill.  But the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. warns that the bill could increase electricity bills for consumers.  More on Northern Indiana.

Three Hundred New Green Jobs Possible for Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR) – Northwest Arkansas could soon see 300 new jobs begin opening up, thanks to a “Green Valley” non-profit gearing up to bring new companies, technology, and training to the region.  The Green Valley Network’s plan is simple: create a lot of new jobs in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas by bringing in companies focused on sustainability.  If it succeeds, experts say it could add up to a big boost for Fayetteville’s economy. More on Fayetteville, AR.

Obama AML Plan: Green Jobs for The Coalfields , Charleston, WV – In his budget proposal to Congress, Obama promised to submit legislation that would stop sending coal tax money from the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program to states that have already cleaned up all of their abandoned coal mines.  Money meant to clean up abandoned coal mines is building roads and college buildings and doing all sorts of things besides cleaning up abandoned coal mines.  Obama’s proposal could free up $200 million a year that could be spent in the Appalachian coalfields, cleaning up the legacy of 100 years of mining without regulations.  The money could be going to pay coal miners to do the same sorts of work they’re already experts at, running heavy equipment and moving earth.  Read more on Charleston, WV

Santa Fe Community College Grant Extends to Green Jobs Training (Santa Fe, NM) – Santa Fe Community College has been awarded $528,567 to develop and expand programs in green jobs and provide student scholarships. The funds are coming through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation in Regional Development (WIRED) program. Read more on Santa Fe, NM

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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.