We were so inspired by this story about a woman named Brenda in New Zealand who made a “Tiny House” (very trendy!) out of three recycled shipping containers. Check out the video tour of her amazing eco-friendly home:
First, we were inspired because a woman is doing something so cool in what’s typically a male-dominated world of construction. Not only is this her third Tiny House made from a shipping container, but it’s sleek, beautiful, and outfitted with all the creature comforts you could want. Her first Tiny Home was a single 20-foot container in 2014, and her second one in 2016 was a 40-foot container. Now she has utilized three 20-foot containers.
The manufacture of building materials makes up 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, according to data from the United Nations Environment Programme. That’s a big problem, so reusing existing containers is a fantastic way to reduce demand for new materials. Not only that, but Tiny Houses use less energy to heat and cool!
Brenda even works from home in this tiny space, designing tiny houses for others. That made us think about green occupations in general. Are you like us, and traditionally thought of science and law as the only environment-related careers?
Here are some other top environmental careers, and we were thrilled to learn that many of these job categories are well-populated with women, too. According to the College Board, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources of information, the following eight careers are predicted to see big increases in demand in the near future and in the coming years:
- Sustainability Consultants. Companies and organizations that don’t have on-staff sustainability expertise often hire consultants to help them plan and execute sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts, from energy efficiency to employee well-being and engagement.
- Environmental Scientists. As we continue to tackle complex issues like climate change, toxic chemical cleanup, and water conservation, the workforce will need an ever-growing staff of environmental scientists to lead the way.
- Environmental Engineers. In addition to the standard wastewater treatment, contaminated site cleanup, and state and federal regulation compliance work often associated with environmental engineers, individuals in this profession are also leading water efficiency efforts as state and local governments become increasingly concerned about efficient water use.
- Campus Sustainability Directors or Managers. These jobs at universities and colleges are growing annually.
- Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Professionals. More and more companies are hiring corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals to help them become more responsible and sustainable corporate citizens.
- Green Building Professionals. Designers—from building architects to civil and mechanical engineers, and from urban planners to energy auditors and managers—are needed to design, build, and maintain green buildings, including their energy, waste, and water systems and the landscapes that surround them.
- Water Engineers and Scientists. Whether there’s too much or too little, water may be the next “inconvenient truth,” creating a demand for scientists and engineers who can deal with each situation.
- Agriculture and Food Scientists. Agricultural and food scientists are needed to develop eco-friendly farming practices and technologies that can sustainably feed growing world populations, as well as to find plant-based energy sources and help farms and fisheries adapt to climate change and rising sea levels.
No matter how old you are or what you do for a paid career, you can play an important role in fighting pollution and climate change! Playing one of our games is a great way to learn about changes you can make in your home and community to help the planet. Then, take your passion to the next level: let your government officials know how you feel, volunteer for a local green candidate, and check out some of the many environmental justice groups that are fighting to protect our world, such as the Sierra Club, Earth Talk, the Sunrise Movement, Earth Day, Learning to Give, 1% for the Planet, CDE Inspires, Center for American Progress, and the Climate Justice Alliance!