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Hawaii Launches Web Directory of Green Employers

Industries that want a clearer picture of green employment in Hawaii can tap into a new online resource that lists companies with green jobs on their payroll.

Hawaii's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations made the interactive Directory of Green Employers available this week.

The registry, part of the Hawaii Green Jobs Initiative, is intended to complement the department's green job search engine. Job seekers can use the directory at to research companies. The resource lists firms, briefly describes their operations, names the jobs that the businesses consider green, and summarizes the skills and education required for the positions.

While the job search engine lists green posts that are available, the new directory is designed to list any company with positions that have a strong focus on responsibilities or tasks involving sustainability -- regardless of whether the jobs are open.

The listings, of course, take in installers of renewable energy systems and conservation workers in agriculture or at nature preserves. They also include the sustainability coordinator at Kona Brewing Company, the director of engineering at the Waikiki Beach Marriott and journeymen plumbers who repair solar water storage systems.

In doing so, the directory serves as a resource for firms, industries and others interested in gleaning information about sustainability-related employment in Hawaii.

"People can see what the climate is for green jobs in the state," said Russell Castagnaro, president of the Hawaii Information Consortium LLC, which maintains the online registry as part of a public-private partnership with the state. The company is the portal manager for

Hawaii was one of several states that received Recovery Act funds to study green economic and job development. The Aloha State -- like California and New York, for example -- conducted a survey of businesses in 2010. A report on the research estimated that there were then 11,145 green jobs in Hawaii's private sector, representing about 2.4 percent of the state's total private employment. Some 203 occupations in 19 major industry groups came under the Labor Department's working definition for green jobs, the study said.

The online directory, which lists roughly 350 companies with 600 to 800 green jobs, draws on the survey results as well as additional data, forming the first wave of information for the registry. Companies in the directory can update their listings and other firms can add themselves to the roster, Castagnaro said.

He added that he and his colleagues hope to provide an easy pathway for businesses to bring their data to the registry by linking to the site from a report template that licensed businesses complete annually for the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department.

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