Outlook 2012: Environment & Sustainability

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'Green jobs' are now everywhere, driven by the increasing need for corporations to build sustainability into their business planning.

Dalhousie professor Lawrence Plug studies methane released by Arctic lakes. — Danny Abriel photography

(Originally published in the January 2012 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal - Outlook 2012 Special Edition)

TOPIC: Thriving oceans technology will drive growth in green sector

Once seen as limited to specific types of employment in areas such as environmental protection, assessment, or conservation of natural resources, “green jobs” are now everywhere, driven by the increasing need for corporations to build sustainability into their business planning.

Steven Mannell, director of Dalhousie's College of Sustainability, says many of the new employment opportunities in 2012 and beyond will likely be in the oceans technology sector, recently identified as a significant and growing driver of the provincial economy in a report released by the Province of Nova Scotia. This sector is made up of companies and institutions serving five distinct markets: marine transportation, science and observation, defence and security, offshore and coastal energy, and aquaculture and fisheries, all areas where an understanding of the environment and sustainability will be critical.

“The creation of the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), the focus on oceans technology here in Nova Scotia, and the province's long-standing commitment to sustainable prosperity are coming together in a really exciting way,” says Mannell. “It's critical we develop new ways of thinking about the oceans and sustainably managing them. HMRI and local industry partners are going to have huge impact. Our aim at the College of Sustainability is to equip graduates with the sustainability knowledge they need, across all disciplines, to take up these new job opportunities.”

Building real and sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia will depend on the vision, leadership and cooperation of many, in business, government and academia.

*Outlook 2012 Special Edition: Read more about what 2012 holds for Nova Scotia's top industries at: http://www.ns.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/Industry-Spotlight-17342

Organizations: College of Sustainability, Halifax Marine Research Institute, Nova Scotia Business Journal

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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