If you are unemployed and looking for a green collar job or simply looking at switching to a more eco-friendly career, a few must-read books will help you in your job search.  Whether you are looking to learn about the importance of green jobs in the recovery of America's economic crisis, an introduction to eco-friendly jobs or want to start your own small business, one of these books will fit the bill.

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones
 Jones is emerging as one of the most powerful voices in the green jobs movement.  His words are motivating and his passion shines through in the book.  The book was published in October 2008 and is a timely and fitting look on how the country can emerge from this recession better and greener.

75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make a Difference by Glenn Croston, Ph.D
Small business owners are the backbone of the American economy and Croston's book includes 75 ideas to help you start your own, eco-friendly business.  Croston gives a nod to the green building trend but also discusses the importance of green farming.  As I've mentioned previously here at MNN, the farmer is forecasted to be one of the top ten green jobs for the next decade. 

Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn
This green jobs guide is easy to read and serves as a good introduction for someone who may be new to the eco-friendly jobs field.  In addition to the resources available in the book, there is also a comprehensive listing of website resources.

Since this is an eco-friendly blog, I'd encourage you to check your local library for a copy of the books or download an electronic version to your Kindle or other e-reading device.

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