Stephen Hinton, of Hinton Human Capitol  has compiled a list 12 licenses and certifications that he thinks will be in demand as the green initiatives in the stimulus  start to be implemented and cleantech investments increase.  Below is his list.

1. LEED-AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
2. PE (Professional Engineer)
3. PMP (Project Management Professional)
4. CCM (Certified Construction Manager)
5. CPE (Certified Professional Estimator)
6. CPEA (Certified Environmental Auditor)
7. PLS (Professional Surveyor)
8. CWO (Certified Water Treatment Plant Operator)
9. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
10. Electrician License
11. CIA/CPA (Certified Internal Auditor and Public Accountant)
12. PHR/CIR (Professional in Human Resources and Certified Internal Recruiter)

Visit Hinton’s blog to see his descriptions of each license and certification.

Although no official nationalized certification exists, carbon accounting certification is growing in demand as the US moves to deal with climate issues with cap and trade. I think that this certificate should be added to the list as well.  An estimated 3,000 companies worldwide track and report GHG emissions. In much the same way that businesses use financial reporting to judge operational performance, many organizations use GHG emissions reporting to measure their sustainability performance –this new category is called:  Enterprise Carbon Accounting (ECA).  According to a research study released recently by Groom Energy and Pure Strategies the number of companies disclosing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will triple in the next two years.

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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,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, 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.