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 everything from energy conservation and alternative energy to natural resource management to green construction. The following diagram presents many of the career pathways that you might pursue through Veterans Green Jobs.
Veterans Green Jobs believe that green careers lead not only to job security and prosperity for our nations 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.
Please visit our site frequently, as we will be adding lots of information on green jobs and careers on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, here are some additional resources on green jobs (sometimes referred to as green-collar jobs).
Green Jobs Resources
Green for All
An overview of green-collar jobs
Green Mechanical Council
A consortium of green-minded professionals, businesses and unions
Linking veterans with green skills development, education and employment
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