Why Green

Why Green Jobs

Green jobs have tremendous benefits to the workers who hold them, our environment and our country. Recent BLS study indicates there are 3.1 million jobs in Green economy. It demonstrates the obvious - that green jobs are real, and critical to our rebuilding economy. With nearly 13 million Americans out of work right now, the green economy is putting people back to work.

More importantly, the green economy represents a major growth opportunity for America moving forward. Keep in mind that many of these segments are relatively new and have only really been a market presence for a decade or two at most (e.g. clean technologies, efficiency, sustainable products, pollution remediation, etc.). Other studies, such as the Brookings Clean Economy study, or the E2 Clean Energy Jobs newsletter, are already finding evidence of strong growth in critical segments of the green economy, many of them these new sectors.

These are good jobs for workers and these are good jobs for America. Certainly the green economy is contributing to reduced pollution and protecting public health – which are critical priorities. But the BLS study also highlights how the green economy isn’t just about keeping kids safe, and our environment clean, it’s also about jobs and rebuilding our economy. Today’s green economy is providing stable, high-paying jobs in sectors that are growing rapidly around the world. Further, most of these jobs can’t be outsourced, and many of these jobs, especially the 462,000 in the manufacturing sector, are a critical part of American economic resurgence. These are great jobs for our economy as well – providing jobs that reduce pollution, protect public health, and build a cleaner, more prosperous future. These are the types of jobs we want to support and promote.

What is Green Economy

Green economy is one that results in “improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities”. In its simplest expression, a green economy is low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive. In a green economy, growth in income and employment should be driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Green economy spans over various other industries and occupation. Following is a list of type of occupations that are directly involved with Green economy.

1. Renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, marine including wave, biogas, and fuel cell)

2. Green buildings (green retrofits for energy and water efficiency, residential and commercial assessment; green products and materials, and LEED construction)

3. Clean transportation (alternative fuels, public transit, hybrid and electric vehicles, carsharing and carpooling programs)

4. Water management (Water reclamation, greywater and rainwater systems, low-water landscaping, water purification, stormwater management)

5. Waste management (recycling, municipal solid waste salvage, brownfield land remediation, Superfund cleanup, sustainable packaging)

6. Land management (organic agriculture, habitat conservation and restoration; urban forestry and parks, reforestation and afforestation and soil stabilization)