Is Green Certification In Your Future?

If you're in the market to grow your supply chain credentials, the US Department of Labor wants to help -- at least sort of. According to an article on Procurement Leaders this morning "the US Department of Labor has awarded $290m toward green jobs training grants, and aims to prepare more than 120,000 Americans for environmentally friendly jobs by 2012." And if this small stimulus for the procurement profession isn’t sufficient incentive, a Pew Charitable Trusts' study is quoted saying "that the number of jobs in America's emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007."

Now this is not exactly grant money that you can apply for as a forward thinking Supply Chain Manager, but rather an incentive for colleges and universities to focus on green training in their business curricula. Specifically, as quoted in the same piece "the University of San Francisco (USF), ... has unveiled an online green supply chain management course ...[and] USF argues that graduates of its online Green Supply Chain Management training will find their skills much in demand." Probably so, but this sounds more like a USF curriculum promotion than a definitive plan to ensure and promote implementation of green and sustainable practices in current industry.

While this is welcome forward thinking, perhaps an equal portion of the Labor Department's spend to promote green supply chain management would be more efficiently allocated further up the employment supply chain to corporate practitioners.

William Busch

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