Green energy. The creator of green jobs. Right?
According to 2010 annual average data published by the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey, about 60 percent of the 3.1 million jobs associated with green goods and services production were in establishments that received all of their profits from green goods and services. We’re talking establishments like those that create and provide solar panels. Let’s not talk about solar panel companies, like the solar panel maker Solyndra, that defaulted on loans, laid off workers and failed to live up to their promises. But other than solar panels, to the common person, what else comes to mind? Most times, nothing else. So people ponder, have public efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs largely failed? President Obama promised to create five million new environmentally friendly jobs.
Where are they?
We can start by saying this, more than 1,000,000 drafty homes have been retrofitted to lower heating and cooling costs and energy generation from renewable sources has nearly doubled since 2008. Green jobs hold considerable promise. In addition to focusing on environmental sustainability, green jobs are often financially sustainable. The President and his administration have reduced energy use, cleaned up the environment and generated jobs (green ones). There is a federal initiative to improve environmentally friendly sustainability. Some wonder if the President and his administration over-promised when making the green jobs promise. There are various occupations in green construction, check out this article to learn more about them.
Will you be looking for a green job in 2013?
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Post Read Tip: If you want a job that supports environmental and economic sustainability and you’re seeking employment while employed, start by “greening up” your current job while looking for a new one.