If you’ve seen solar panels on a suburban roof, a wind farm in a rural field, an electric car, or a hydroelectric dam, you know the green economy is humming. And now that the federal government has passed its $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill packed with sustainability initiatives, it’s about to roar.
And it’s not just infrastructure. From the manufacturing floor to the back office to the retail store, business leaders are talking about ways to make their workplaces greener. They’re also taking action. Emerging green technologies and larger investments in the green economy has created a growing demand for workers with green skills to take these green jobs.
So, let’s talk green jobs – the kind that could power our careers as we rebuild America’s infrastructure and confront the impact of global climate change.
What exactly makes a job green? The answer is not always clear, even to people who may already be working for companies that support the green economy or who are on track to have a green job sooner than they realize.
Workers in core green jobs probably are fully aware that their work is green. Their job titles define their roles in promoting sustainability. But what about their co-workers at the same companies and the same industries with more traditional job titles, such as marketing manager, salesperson, or electrician? Are their jobs green too?
There are a lot of questions about green jobs and the green economy. Let’s start sharing answers so we can all benefit from the changes to the economy that are creating green jobs now.
Let’s talk about…
- what makes a job green.
- the green skills you need and how to get them.
- which employers are creating these green job opportunities.
- breaking down barriers to accessing the skills and job opportunities in a growing green economy.
There’s a lot to talk about and we want you to be a part of the discussion. Tell your friends.
We invite you to join WorkingNation and a select group of partners interested in advancing the conversation around green jobs in a live #GreenJobsNow Twitter chat on Wednesday, January 12, at 10:00 am PT and 1:00 pm ET.
Also coming January 12, the first in the series of articles, videos, and podcasts exploring Green Jobs Now across the country.