New Wind Farm in Missouri will Create 2500 Green Jobs – Missouri’s largest wind energy development has recently been announced, which is expected to cost about $300 million and create more than 2,500 jobs.  The 150-megawatt Lost Creek Wind Farm will be located in DeKalb County and will be developed by St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group. GE Energy will supply 100 wind turbines. Electric component maker ABB will supply 100 electric transformers, which will be made by employees, represented by the United Auto Workers, at its Jefferson City facility. Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., a provider of energy to six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, plans to buy all the electricity generated at Lost Creek.  Groundbreaking is scheduled for August.  More on green jobs in Missouri.

Duke Energy Gets To Build ‘Mini Solar Plants’ in North Carolina – Duke Energy will build as many as 400 “mini solar plants” in North Carolina on the rooftops of homes, schools, stores, warehouses and factories — or on the grounds of those properties — over the next two years to establish a solar distributed generation program. Duke has promised to invest as much as $50 million in the project. When fully online, the network is expected to be capable of supplying electricity to about 1,300 homes. These new solar projects will create green jobs in engineering, maintenance,operation, construction and indirect services.  More on green jobs in North Carolina.

Argonne National Laboratory and BASF  To Build Electric Car  Battery Plant in Ohio– The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, recently announced that they have have signed a world-wide licensing agreement to mass produce and market Argonne’s patented composite cathode materials to manufacturers of advanced lithium-ion batteries. The agreement includes a proposal for the  the construction of a world manufacturing plant in Elyria, Ohio that will create hundreds of high paying green jobs. When completed, the facility is expected to be the largest cathode material production facility in North America. The impact of such a facility is anticipated to be significant as the facility construction and staffing will have a positive economic impact for Ohio and will attract further businesses to North America.  More on green jobs in Ohio.

Milwaukee Program Wins Green Jobs Grant – The Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps was named today as a $550,000 grant recipient at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Providence, R.I.  The Conference selected nonprofit organizations in their cities to receive grants from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support and expand training programs for green jobs.  The Conservation Leadership Corps is a partnership program operated by the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE: JCI). Since the program’s inception in Milwaukee in 2006, 156 CLC urban high school student workers have completed more than 25,000 hours of paid conservation service to Milwaukee public lands and natural areas. Building on the successful Milwaukee program, Johnson Controls and SCA have expanded the initiative to Baltimore and Detroit, and in 2009 the program is going global in China, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Mexico.  More on green jobs in Milwaukee.

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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.