Role: Project Researcher/Writer Contractor
Timeline: Temporary (20 hours per week for six weeks – schedule negotiable)
Green America is a national, nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable society by using economic strategies to help solve the many challenges facing our country and world. Green America's unique approach involves working with consumers, workers, businesses, investors, and supply chain stakeholders to build an economy that serves people and the planet.
Where you put your money can change the world. Whether you’re opening your first bank account or keeping track of your retirement investments, you can ensure your money works for both your future and healthier communities worldwide.
Green America’s Responsible Finance campaign helps people and institutions align their money with their values through better banking, credit cards, socially responsible investing, and shareholder activism. Our finance campaign is currently developing a full curriculum to support people in moving their money away from predatory industries that bankroll fossil fuels, sweatshops, and factory farms, to financial institutions that invest in local communities, people, and planet.
One emerging sector for this work is the insurance industry. Most large insurance corporations not only insure fossil fuel projects – such as coal, oil, gas, pipelines, fracking, and more – but also use the premiums people pay them to invest in fossil fuels. Without insurance, extreme fossil fuel projects such as tar sands extraction, fracking on public lands, and LNG export cannot take place.
We will be using resources from Insure Our Future, Rainforest Action Network, Ceres, and others to educate our members and supporters and the public about the role of large insurance corporations in the worsening climate crisis. But if people leave their mega-insurance company, where are they to go? There are multiple resources – including Green America’s Get a Better Bank map – to help people find community development banks and credit unions, but there is no such directory for insurance.
With this project hire, Green America hopes to fill that gap and create a directory of community, state, and regional insurance companies that do not support continued fossil fuel drilling, fracking and mining. Our friends at Rivers and Mountains GreenFaith and beyond have been presenting workshops on aligning your money with your values for years, including information about insurance, and will be instrumental in guiding the person hired for this role in creating the insurance directory.
Green America seeks a Project Researcher / Writer with a background in climate advocacy to research and identify regional and local insurance companies in all 50 states that do not insure or invest in fossil-fuel companies or projects. A background in climate finance is preferred.
With guidance from the Green America’s Responsible Finance Campaign Director and Third Act’s Upstate New York Co-Facilitator, you will be searching databases one state at a time, as well as nationally, to identify these insurance companies, along with their services, location, and contact information. The directory will be housed on the Green America website. It will be a listing of insurance companies by state, with some writing about the reasons to move from mega-insurance to local insurance providers.
- Available at least 20 hours per week
- Detail oriented and effective problem solver
- Comfortable both working with others and working on your own
- Ability to conduct online searches to find accurate and timely information
- Self-starter willing to speak up and make recommendations to improve processes
- Proficiency in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, SharePoint, Outlook)
- An interest in climate advocacy (required) and climate finance (preferred)
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and project sample to Cathy Becker, Responsible Finance Campaign Director, at email@example.com by December 15, 2023.
Green America is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination regarding: actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health disorders), age (18 years of age or older), marital status (including domestic partnership and parenthood), personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, citizenship status, credit information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Harassment on the basis of a protected characteristic is included as a form of discrimination and is strictly prohibited.