Use Your Skills for the Greater Green
There is at least one major sector of the American job market that is growing fast right now – despite the recession – and that’s green jobs. According the American Solar Energy Society’s 2007 green jobs report, [download here ] “green industries already generate 8.5 million jobs in the U.S., and with appropriate public policy, could grow to as many as 40 million jobs by 2030.” A recent New York Times article noted that “56,000 newly trained workers and 14,000 project managers would be needed to realize [President] Obama’s one-year goals for energy efficiency alone.”
Green jobs and careers are those that fall under industries that are in the process of “greening” America, or in other words, making this country more environmentally friendly and sustainable. They include fields ranging from energy conservation and alternative energy to natural resource management to green construction.
Green Jobs and Green Sector Employers
Green jobs are sustainable jobs that serve our communities and environment in the areas of:
- Energy efficiency / conservation
- Renewable / clean energy
- Green construction / building
- Natural resources / conservation
- Environmental remediation / response
- Sustainable agriculture
Green sector employers are organizations that offer services, programs and/or products in the green jobs economy:
- Business / private industry
- Higher education
Veterans Green Jobs believes that green careers lead not only to job security and prosperity for our nation’s veterans, but that work which strengthens and heals our planet, economy and communities is inherently meaningful, especially for those citizens who have already expressed a willingness and leadership capacity in serving this country.