August 14, 2014
Article by Louisa Chan
Photos by Keith Wong
Job seekers of all types from students and recent graduates to seasoned professional looking to make a career change gathered for GreenHomeNYC’s latest Green Careers meeting to hear green industry veterans share their insight on the hiring process and written communication. Over 20 participants attended the event which was hosted at the offices of Green Light New York on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
The evening included advice from Andy Padian, Vice President for Energy Initaitives for The Community Preservation Corporation and Board Member of GreenHomeNYC. Mr. Padian, who has more than 30 years of sustainable energy experience, shared his insights on how to get a resume past the human resources gate. He reminded participants that a resume is a 1 page magazine advertisement that should bring people back for more. He emphasized the importance of having a clean resume and cover letter free of grammar and spelling errors.
Photo by Keith Wong
Bomee Jung, Interim Director for Enterprise Community Partners and founder of GreenHomeNYC cautioned against using new or unfamiliar vocabulary in your resume or cover letter. Instead, Ms Jung recommended using your own words and following basic paragraph structures in cover letters. On interviewing, “Have a clear story of who you are, what you want and why you want to be there,” advised Ms. Jung. If you are unsure of what you want to do, spend time conducting informational interviews with those in your networks.
August 5, 2014
July 2014 Forum Recap – In-Home Composting
by Vikki Syrov
On July 16th, compost novices and experts alike gathered at the Hafele America showroom for a workshop on in-home composting led by Celeste McMickle, a Master Composter certified by the NYC Compost Project. The GreenHomeNYC audience had the chance to learn key strategies on making the most out of their food and yard waste and best practices for putting the nutritious end-products to use.
In New York City, where organics make up nearly a third of the city’s residential and institutional waste stream, there is a multitude of ways to divert these materials from landfills. A NYC Organics Collection pilot program launched by the Department of Sanitation in 2012 provides curbside pickup for select neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. However, for those not living in the pilot zones, plenty of options exist such as multiple drop-off locations at local Greenmarkets and collection sites at neighborhood community gardens. Seasonal events like mulch fests and collection sites at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Lower East Side Ecology Center provide year-round opportunities to put yard and food wastes to good use. For a full list of food scrap drop-off sites and acceptable materials, visit the Bureau of Waste Prevention’s web site.